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James Franco Unveils Lipstick Tribute to Brad Renfro: VIDEO

Last month I mentioned that James Franco was part of an installation at the Venice Biennale, a tribute to James Dean in which Franco's entry was an homage to actor Brad Renfro (who died at 25 of a heroin overdose), in which Franco carved Renfro's name into his arm with a switchblade and documented it in photography and film.

Renfro_francoA limited-edition extension of that project is Franco's submission to 'The Thing', a subscription-based art quarterly with contributions from known artists and public figures. The Thing publishes 500-1,000 copies of each product and sends them to subscribers. 

Franco described his entry to the Bay Citizen:

“It represents what it’s like to be a performer,” said Franco, pointing to the objects that would be bundled into the issue — a lipstick-covered mirror and a photo of a switchblade carving the word “Brad,” as in the actor Brad Renfro, into Franco’s right arm. “You go into something with such high hopes, things happen, you get so terribly disappointed.”

More photos at the Bay Citizen...

A video of Franco working at The Thing office, AFTER THE JUMP...


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James Franco Carves Brad Renfro's Name into His Arm for Art


The L.A. Times reports on an art installation produced for this year's Venice Biennale featuring contributions from James Franco, Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha and Aaron Young. The installation is based around James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause.

Franco, who had a hand in the other artists’ projects, also made work for this show in homage to the actor Brad Renfro, who died in 2008 at age 25 of a heroin overdose. He had Renfro’s name carved into his right arm with a switchblade, documenting the carving in photography and film. (The carving itself could be seen as one of the show’s more permanent artworks.)

Above, Franco and Renfro in a detail from a still from the 2002 film, Deuces Wild.

(via dlisted)

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Brad Renfro Once "Freaked Out" Over River Phoenix Death Photo


Filmmakers and actors who worked with the late Brad Renfro have been posting tributes on their blogs, notably Sir Ian McKellen and filmmaker Bruce LA Bruce.

AptIan McKellen recalled working with him in Apt Pupil (pictured above, with director Bryan Singer): " In Hollywood he was a teenage charmer, chaperoned by his beloved grandmother and by his admirers who protected him as best they could from the dangers of being a child in a careless adult's world. On set, he was blusteringly confident although it was obvious he would have benefitted from training as an actor. Yet, as Todd, the disturbed teenager in Apt Pupil, he tapped into an inner demonic world and carried the film on his young shoulders. Off the set he played football, played his guitar and one magical evening I shall never forget, invited me to his home in the Hollywood Hills. We chatted a bit about acting and his dreams to direct films, to write music and to return to Tennessee. When he heard a dog barking wildly across the valley, he mimicked the animal and the dog replied; a kid at play but capable of growing into someone special. He longed to belong in the alien world which perhaps in the end overwhelmed him. He was only 25 and it is dreadful we shan't see all that he might have achieved."

AFTER THE JUMP, an excerpt of an article from Canada's Exclaim magazine in which director Bruce LaBruce relates the story of an evening he spent with 17-year-old Brad Renfro and actress Dominique Swain, which ends with a bit of sad foreshadowing:

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