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James Franco

James Franco is a man of many talents with a string of great performances to his name and some equally impressive directing credits. With his Broadway debut in Of Mice And Men we decided that now would be a good time to take a look back over just six of the actor’s most impressive performances on the big screen.

As you will surely be able to imagine, narrowing them down was no easy feat, and we’re sure that you all have your own thoughts on both the selections below and those you believe should be here but aren’t.

6. Spider-Man

Harry Osborn

The inclusion of James Franco’s contribution to the Spider-Man franchise was a tricky one to decide on, but the franchise which helped make him a household name had a huge impact on his career.

By the time Spider-Man 3 was released, it was in some ways clear that Franco was more than likely only there because he had to be, and despite the very impressive send off he gave Harry Osborn, he was saddled with a lot of lousy material. However, the first two movies in the big budget trilogy would see him inject a lot of life into the complex comic book character.

Regardless of whether it was Harry’s thorny relationship with his father (played by Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man), his jealousy of best friend Peter Parker or an obsession with finding out Spidey’s secret identity in the sequel, Franco handled the material perfectly, and easily overshadows Dane DeHaan’s take on the same character all these years later in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Franco would later reunite with Sam Raimi for Oz: The Great and Powerful, a fun Disney prequel to The Wizard of Oz which was unfortunately only a moderate success with critics, but did perform well at the box office.

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