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James Franco on location filming ‘Yosemite’

The actor will play his own father in the semi-autobiographical film.

by: Ted Alvarez

photo: Wikimedia Commons
photo: Wikimedia Commons

Actor, director, and, yes, celebrated author James Franco weathered his New Year’s Day hangover as many of us might’ve liked to: wandering around under Yosemite’s El Capitan, snapping vanity shots, and playing his own father on camera. OK, I might personally skip that last one, but local news reports that Franco was spotted all around the national park with camera crews while filming the semi-autobiographical Yosemite. From the Mariposa Gazette:

In an interview posted on YouTube, director Gabrielle Demeestere described the gist of the plot.

"Two brothers go up to Yosemite with their dad," Demeestere related. "They're kind of estranged because they haven't seen their dad in a long time and things kind of take a bad turn."

According to the perezhilton.com website, Franco plays his own father in the film, which is based on his experiences growing up in Palo Alto.


Franco scored an Oscar nomination for playing Aron Ralston in the acclaimed adaptation of 127 Hours, but here’s hoping that this time around, the director’s so-called “bad turn” isn’t code for “severed limbs.” Otherwise, I can plan on fainting in the theater for a second time.

Read more: Mariposa Gazette


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