Happy Birthday, James Franco!

Today, James Franco, our generation’s most renaissance of renaissance men, turns 33! He’s an actor, artist, filmmaker, student, writer and all-around mystery wrapped in an enigma. Did we mention he’s also a hottie? We assume that last part goes without saying.

As his 33rd year of existence rolls around, it seems that the former “Freaks and Geeks” star is busier than ever. This year already he’s hosted the Oscars, been nominated for an Oscar and released his comedy “Your Highness.” He also debuted the video art piece “Three’s Company The Drama” and helmed two videos for REM.

And what’s on his to-do list? James plans to return to “General Hospital,” playing a shady performance artist, will star in the dark flick, “Maladies,” and this summer will show us all how the apes just got so smart in “Rise of The Planet of The Apes.”

He’s also attached to two very different films, “The Iceman,” which tells the real-life story of contract killer Richard Kuklinski, as well as the highly anticipated “Wizard of Oz” prequel, “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” which also includes “Date Night” co-star Mila Kunis.

As 2012 rolls along, we imagine that James will squeeze in even more projects into his already bustling schedule. We’re always excited to see what he has up his ever-evolving sleeve.

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