Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

By James Franco

New Harvest, Hardcover, 9780544114531, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2013


The actors in James Franco's brilliant debut novel include a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there's Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. Hollywood has always been a private club, he writes. I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, "Look inside."
Told in a dizzying array of styles from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve "Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous" is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.

About the Author
James Franco is an acclaimed actor, director, artist, and writer. His film appearances include 127 Hours", Milk", Pineapple Express", Oz the Great and Powerful", Spring Breakers", and the Spider-Man trilogy. Franco has written and directed several films, and his visual art has been featured in solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. His writing has appeared in "Esquire", The" "Wall Street Journal", "McSweeney's", and other publications. Franco has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College.