Occupation: Renaissance man
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He's a soap actor, Oscar host, writer, conceptual artist, doctoral candidate and, oh yeah movie star. James Franco seems to be trying to squeeze as many titles onto his resume as possible, and in the meantime has fashioned himself into a sort of high-culture high-wire act: How many plates can he keep spinning at once and how high off the ground? So far, the sky's the limit.
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