James Franco Tries His Hand At Pornography In Indie Cherry

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Supervillan. Wizard Of Oz. The scientist that accidentally created the Planet of the Apes. James Franco has been a lot of things to a lot of people, but now he’s exploring the role we all knew he’d play, though we imagined it would be twenty years and a few failed Apes remakes away from now: creepy pornographer. James Franco’s porn film Cherry follows a teenage porn starlet who falls in with Franco’s cocaine-addled lawyer as she enters the world of adult movies. Cherry also stars Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel, Heather Graham and Lili Taylor, which is a shockingly A-list cast for such a sleazy topic. It seems like James Franco’s sex tape would be a great source of influence for channeling the character, but we’d have to watch a screener copy to be sure. After all, we’ve already seen Franco with a thin mustache and a layer of flop sweat; put those together and we’ll see if “jail bait” and “Oscar bait” are really as synonymous as they seem in our heads.