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James Franco

Now: Aron Ralson, "127 Hours"

Then: Daniel Desario, "Freaks and Geeks"

As we speak, James Franco has a "Three’s Company"-based art exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival, is studying for his Ph.D. in English at Yale University, stars in "The Green Hornet," and is preparing to direct a film version of William Faulkner’s "As I Lay Dying." At 32, James Franco has thrown his California-born-and-raised body into nearly every medium—and it seems to be paying off. Not only did Franco earn a Best Actor nomination from the Academy for his performance as a self-amputated mountaineer in "127 Hours," but he also agreed to co-host the ceremony… since apparently, he has so much free time. And though we can now applaud Franco’s audacious career choices, it’s hard to say many saw this professional path coming for the star of the short-lived TV series "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999. But after impressing audiences as the ultimate rebel in the 2001 TV biopic James Dean, which earned him Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG nominations, Franco’s career took off. From "Spider-Man" to "Milk," he’s played it smart, despite his characters’ common quality. “I think I was just, I don't know, drawing on my inner dumb guy,” Franco once told NPR. “It's weird. I play a lot of dumb guys.”

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