Monday, August 23, 2010


I want to see Howl really badly, but I'm nervous about some of these characters. I like James Franco, but he's too good looking to play Allen Ginsberg. We've been watching a few episodes of Freaks and Geeks lately, and Franco is great at playing slimy, caddish goof offs, but he doesn't seem quite right for Ginsberg to me. I don't know how to pinpoint it, but he's not serious enough or willing to be really ugly, where I think Ginsberg was all about delving into the dark parts. Franco is mischievous, but not really bad; rebel, but not raw or tortured. Even when he was center stage, I always thought Ginsberg had the nature of a hanger-on, an observer, rather than a charismatic hero. But I like Franco, so we'll see.

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