Are you interested in watching a film dedicated to the life of James Franco? Well, that's exactly what Marina Abramovic plans to give you. The "Grandmother of Performance Art" told Elle Magazine this week that she is in the early stages of planning a movie based on the Hollywood figure, who she deemed "the most interesting actor of the moment."
The artist didn't let too many details slip about the Franco film -- she was, after all, attending the Independent Spirit Awards to support Matthew Akers's documentary about her own life and work -- but she explained to Elle she's intrigued by the contemporary Renaissance man's ability to take risks: "He hardly sleeps or has a life. He just keeps going."
"He could just be another Hollywood actor and that’s it -- like everyone else," she added. "But he’s crossing all kinds of borders and not always with great success. For him, process is more important than the result."
The 34-year-old actor boasts a resumé full of unusual professions -- including soap opera star, PhD student and contemporary artist -- and this isn't the first time he's worked with Abramovic, either. He appeared in her 2010 documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," and the two made dessert together for The Wall Street Journal. We can only hope that the James Franco film draws from the format of Abramovic's own autobiographical project, "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic," which is Robert Wilson's haunting pseudo opera starring the female artist and Willem Dafoe.
After all, we really can't expect Abramovic to produce a normal biopic, can we?
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Growing up in Serbia, Marina was raised by a militant mother who wouldn't allow her daughter to leave the house after 10pm. In fact, Marina was so sheltered that when she started performing, she did not know that other performance artists were experimenting with body art as communication with countries outside of Yugoslavia was limited. As a result, her relatives and teachers were weary of her early projects, with her family suggesting that Marina see a mental health specialist. The artist left to live on her own at the age of 29 years old. IMAGE: In this 2011 photo released by Rio Film Festival, performance artist Marina Abramovic, left, performs during the making of the documentary film "Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic." The film, by director Giada Colagrande, chronicles the staging of a play loosely based on Abramovic's traumatic childhood at the hands of an abusive and tyrannical mother. The film is playing at the 2012 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Lucie Jansch, Rio Film Festival)
During the early stages of her career, Abramovic enjoyed attending surgeries in hospitals, watching the exposed bodies for hours as she tested her own physical limitations.
During a 1974 performance of Rhythm 5, Abramovic leapt into a flaming replica of a communist star and lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen. Because of the light and smoke emitted from the flames, onlookers did not realize she had passed out and the artist was only rescued moments before the flames approached her body.
When Marina began a relationship and artist partnership with Ulay in 1976, the two sought to become "the other" and often referred to themselves as parts of a "two-headed body." The two would dress and act alike, creating what critics referred to as a phantom identity.
In AAA-AAA, a performance by Marina and Ulay in 1978, the two artist faced each other, screaming at the top of their voices into each other’s mouths until exhaustion. Spoiler alert: Marina wins the scream fest.
As part of a 2005 Guggenheim exhibition, Abramovic recreated the works of seven performance artists included Vito Acconci, the "Seedbed" artist who famously masturbated under the floorboards of a gallery as visitors walked overhead.
In the run-up to "The Artist is Present", Abramovic followed a strict training programme created by NASA in order to work on both her physical and mental endurance. IMAGE: Detail of atmosphere at the 'Marina Abramovic' New York Screening at MOMA on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
A video game titled "The Artist Is Present" imitates the experience of the 2010 MoMA exhibit of the same name. In the game, you have to wait in line, squeeze through naked people to get to the artist, and finally you get to sit in a chair and stare.
Marina joined forces with Antony and The Johnsons Frontman, Antony Hegarty, to create an opera based on Marina's childhood. Titled "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic," the opera stars Marina and Willem Defoe, accompanied by music composed by Hegarty. Marina is also pals with Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, and James Franco. IMAGE: Marina Abramovic at the photo call for the movie 'Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic' at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Marina Abramovic is not a feminist. She has said this to interviewers on several occasions. During one such interview with HuffPost Arts, she said, "Why am I not feminist? Maybe because I come from a country where my mother ruled my life. I never felt in any way that I couldn't achieve what I want." But that didn't stop her from hosting a women-only lecture at the 2012 Meltdown music festival. IMAGE: Artist Marina Abramovic poses for portraits at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)