Bald James Franco turns heads in Venice

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

VENICE, Italy — James Franco has been hailed as a vi­sion­ary film­maker as his lat­est di­rec­to­rial ef­fort screens at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val. But ev­ery­one is talk­ing about his head. The un­pre­dictable ac­tor-di­rec­tor has shaved off his hair for his role as a movie ob­ses­sive in Zeroville, and ap­peared on the red car­pet Fri­day with a fake tat­too of El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Mont­gomery Clift on the back of his head. Franco was given the fes­ti­val’s Glory to the Film­maker Award in recog­ni­tion of his work, and ap­peared to use the cer­e­mony to shoot scenes for the new ’70s-set film. He was filmed tak­ing the stage in front of a sign for the 35th Venice Film Fes­ti­val. Franco’s Wil­liam Faulkner adap­ta­tion, The Sound and the Fury, is screen­ing at this year’s fes­ti­val, the 71st.

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