ARTS & CULTURE
02/26/2013 09:33 am ET Updated Mar 08, 2013

James Franco Film: Marina Abramovic Is Making A Movie Of Actor's Life... And More Arts News

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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