Photo of James Franco by David Shankbone, photo of Joseph Gordon-Levitt by grammarshy/Flickr, adapted by Amanda Lewis James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt: actors, directors, renaissance men
Until two days ago, the James Franco-directed adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying was set to go head to head with the release of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon this weekend. Now, As I Lay Dying has been bumped, for a release date TBD. Is Hollywood trying to tell us it has found a newer, smarter, hipper Renaissance man for America to crush on -- and there's only room in town for one of them?
The more we thought about it, the more we realized James and Joe are kind of similar. Serious acting chops, writing and directing gigs, lots of side projects, literary ambitions, mysterious love lives...
But has JGL truly supplanted Franco as the superior jack of all trades?
Let's see how they stack up.More »