'Oz' to 'Spring Breakers': James Franco says he likes to 'zigzag'

Well then, this writer for the L.A. Times does not find you annoying.

OK. That’s part of my work and I feel like it’s part of our world. I guess I just kind of have to react to that kind of criticism like I do any criticism that is not really analyzing any work I’m doing and really is just kind of prohibitive criticism. I just can’t listen to prohibitive criticism; it’ll just inhibit me as a creative person, and anybody that wants to say that I shouldn’t be that because it’s dilettantism or something, I just feel like that’s ungrounded. I’ve done as much work as anyone that works in these different fields and gone to and studied with the best people. So nobody can criticize me for doing it lightly.

It’s really just a way to put energy in my work. I think it’s important as an approach to work, to be able to zigzag, to be able to do one thing and then step aside and reclassify it or turn it into something else. And that’s just who I am. If I’m only allowed to go in a straight line, then to me the work just gets stale, and I’m just doing something that’s been done a million times before and probably better than I’ll ever be able to do it. But if I can zigzag, that’s something that I feel like I’m in the position to be able to do. That’s what my position affords -- I can do it in a way that a lot of people can’t.


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