The other (hot) Franco

Dave Franco, younger brother to James, plays a magician thief in "Now You See Me"
Dave Franco, younger brother to James, plays a magician thief in “Now You See Me”

Right now, Dave Franco is known as two things: James Franco’s little brother and an on-screen asshole.

In “21 Jump Street,” he played an entitled high school drug dealer. In “Warm Bodies” he was the bitter boyfriend of a girl in love with a zombie. “I promise this is not a representation of me,” Franco says.  “At first it was really fun and liberating playing something outside of myself, to be mean. But after a while, not only have I exhausted this kind of role, but people start thinking this is how I really I am. I promise I’m a nice guy.”

In the new “Now You See Me,” a big-budget caper about magicians, he gets to play a mostly nice guy, albeit a sleight-of-hand artist first seen stealing from a tourist. It’s a different size production than he’s used to. “Louis Leterrier is a very visual director, and a lot of the scenes have multiple cameras flying about, circling around you,” Franco says. “Most of the time you have no idea whether or not the camera is catching you.”

He also had to learn card tricks. “I can now cut a banana with a playing card,” he reveals. “I wanted it to look realistic.”

Franco was cast alongside several  big names: Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, to name a few.  “I’m not starstruck,” he says. But being the kid no one knows helped with his character — an up-and-comer that nobody knows.  “I’m obviously not the equal of these people. But I wanted to show I can work,” he says. “Of course, they were all so nice.”

Then again, it’s hard to be starstruck when you’re brother is James Franco. He claims his brother didn’t get him into the business. “His manager is the one who dragged me into this whole mess,” he says. “My brother has been very supportive. But we don’t talk about acting all that much. That said, he did tell me to be patient, to wait for projects I’m genuinely passionate about.”

Playing Younger
Though he looks like a kid, Franco is actually 27 years old. That’s why he often gets roles playing very young. “I don’t love it,” he says of this trend. “But it’s more about the role than the age. Everyone always says, especially in the business, it’s great to look a lot younger than you are, for longevity sake. But sometimes I just want to look my damn age and play a character my age. I don’t want to play high school again.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.