James Frain Talks Franklin Mott and Tron: Legacy

October 5, 2010 by  

True Blood and Tron: Legacy

Franklin Mott, James Frain, True Blood, Tron LegacyFranklin Mott may have met the true death on True Blood, but actor James Frain’s career is on the rise. In a recent interview with Collider, James discusses his role in the highly-anticipated Tron sequel, and what it’s like playing a crazy character like Franklin.

In spite of some of the outrageous things he was asked to do as Franklin, James says it was never challenging because he was having so much fun playing a liberated psychopath:

“If it’s going well, meaning that the writing is good, the directing is good and the other actor is present with you, then it’s always fun. It’s make-believe. It becomes difficult when there’s something not working in the equation. What’s remarkable is when you watch stuff back afterwards and you go, ‘Oh, my god, that’s terrifying! I remember when we were doing that and it was really good fun.’ Especially when it comes to that intense stuff, sometimes it’s even more fun than not because it’s so absurd, over-the-top and extreme. But, Rutina Wesley is just a very open and generous actor, and we just had a blast.”

James went from True Blood to another big, exciting project–Tron: Legacy, the remake of the 1982 sci-fi classic. He stepped into the role of Jarvis, the right-hand man to Clu, evil overlord of the alternate game universe:

“Unfortunately, [Jarvis is] completely inept and he spends most of his time trying not to be killed. It’s a fun, comic character that’s a little off-beat. It’s an intense, overwhelming experience and one of the things that [director] Joe [Kosinski] did to mitigate that was build in as much human idiosyncracies as he could. Michael Sheen’s character, Castor, is a very flamboyant, comic character. My character is not flamboyant, but more human, in terms of being fallible and absurd.”

Anticipation for Tron: Legacy has been building, given how many actors from the original film are involved (including Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner) and because of the technology available today to create outstanding visual effects. James says that, as an actor, you don’t approach your work any differently now that so much is being filmed in 3D:

“The new technology comes in and it seems like it’s changed all the rules, but then, after awhile, it’s just how things are done. The thing that always applies is storytelling. Good storytelling, good characters, genuine reactions and all that stuff is what’s important.”

Even though there’s a lot of hype for the film to live up to, James definitely thinks it’s going to blow people away when it hits theaters this December. After his impressive, magnetic performance as Franklin on True Blood, we can’t wait to see James in his new role!

SOURCE: collider.com — James Frain Exclusive Interview TRON: LEGACY

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