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8.10.2015

James Franco Will Play Twin Porn-Bros in New HBO Series

At times, it’s easy to forget that James Franco is an actor. From his stints at multiple colleges across America to co-writing a book about Lana Del Rey, sometimes he just seems like a headline machine and not that cute kid from Freaks and Geeks. But, he is in fact an actor, and now James Franco is back to acting basics with a new role — or more accurately, roles — in The Deuce, an upcoming drama from HBO.

The show, a pilot from The Wire creator David Simon directed by Michelle MacLaren of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, follows the lives of a pair of twins through the booming New York porn industry of the 1970’s and 80’s. The twins — who are both played by Franco — are inspired by real life twins who became fronts for the mob in the aftermath of the legalization of porn.

The story itself neither demonizes nor celebrates the porn industry. “This story is neither prurient nor puritan,” said Simon. “It’s about a product, and those human beings who created, sold, profited from and suffered with that product.”

If we know anything about James Franco it’s sure to be interesting at the very least. The Deuce also heralds Franco’s return to porn related media after producing 2014’s Kink documentary, which explained the rise and fall of fetish website kink.com. What we can imagine this new show as is mostly just The Parent Trap, but without the young and innocent LiLo and with the addition of James Franco, porn, and the gritty, seedy, dirty, New York City of yesteryear.

So, basically, nothing like The Parent Trap other than the whole twin thing.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

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