Eight Things You Didn’t Know About… James Franco

By Tara Fowler

The psychedelic “Oz the Great and Powerful” arrives in theaters this weekend. Starring the one and only James Franco, the “Wizard of Oz” prequel centers on a small-town magician who winds up in the mythical land after his hot-air balloon gets sucked into a tornado (isn’t that always the case?). There, he’s confronted with three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz), one of whom is up to no good.

In real-life, Franco’s no magician (though he did many of his own tricks in the film), but he is a mathematician, having interned at Lockheed Martin, an aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company, before he took up acting (among many others pastimes). What else might you not have known about Franco? Check out our list below:

1) For Franco, going to bed means admitting failure: James’s brother Dave (who’s also an actor, having appeared in films such as “Warm Bodies” and “21 Jump Street”) took over his older sibling’s bedroom in their shared apartment after James kept sleeping on the couch, passing out when he physically could not stay awake another moment.

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