April 14th, 2016
The Adderall Diaries, starring James Franco and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, comes out Friday.
Franco plays Stephen Elliott—the author of the memoir the movie is based on—who is apparently not too happy with how the movie turned out
In an interview with Esquire, Franco and Romanowsky spoke about tortured artists, drugs, and S&M.
Franco on his character’s psychology:
“…[The drug use and S+M] were symptoms—they were manifestations of a deeper kind of study. Pam did a great job of exploring and presenting the trauma of his past. You’re seeing him deal with it in many different ways. Showing the addiction and unusual sexual practices are ways of just outlining a much bigger character trait.”
and on filming the kinky sex scenes:
“I did a project with the artist Paul McCarthy, who is in his 60s or 70s, where basically I had to wrestle with him while he was naked and while his son was filming it. I feel like after I’ve done that I can do anything. [In The Adderall Diaries] It’s not as if they were really torturing me. I haven’t done much bondage myself. They didn’t make me have real clothespins on my skin, and I didn’t actually get whipped.”
Continuing his drug trip, Franco also mentions that he will play “a stoner who talks to the food” in the upcoming animated Seth Rogen movie Sausage Party.
Check out the trailer below and imagine wrestling naked with James Franco, if you like: