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Franco: 'Criticism Won't Put Me Off Directing'

James Franco has vowed to continue directing, despite his latest effort being critically panned.
Apr 4, 2017 by: WENN


Franco: 'Criticism Won't Put Me Off Directing'

James Franco has vowed to continue directing, despite his latest effort being critically panned.

The 38-year-old has taken the helm on numerous film and TV projects, with his latest offering, movie In Dubious Battle, starring Ed Harris, Robert Duvall and Selena Gomez.
 
Despite the hype surrounding the film, In Dubious Battle failed to impress critics, and earned a shockingly low 29 per cent rating on movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. 

However, James has insisted in a new interview that he won't let the negative reviews get to him, and intends to get behind the camera again in the future. 

"What can I say?" James said during a chat with salon.com when asked about the criticism. "I think it’s going to change. My hope is that as a sensitive and creative person, I can’t and won’t let it kill my spirit. 

"When I started as an actor, if I listened to that criticism, it can destroy you as a creative person. My hope is that it’s going to change."
 
In Dubious Battle is set in 1933 and tells the story of a small communist party who infiltrate a group of orchard workers and encourage them to strike--with horrendous consequences. 

James also stars in the film as well as directing it, and added to Salon that he was attracted to the project after reading John Steinbeck's book on which the movie was based.
 
“Doing something like In Dubious Battle, which was really an uphill battle, I think I took on these classic literary adaptations to be able to say that I’m not just an actor trying to direct," he explained. "Look at this challenge I took on. I’m sure subconsciously, it was a way to defend myself."