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JAMES FRANCO, STAR OF THE “THE DISASTER ARTIST,”

TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING” HIS PARENTS INITIALLY THOUGHT HIS DREAMS OF BEING AN ACTOR WERE FOOLISH

James Franco, who created and stars in “The Disaster Artist,” tells Tony Dokoupil  that his parents initially thought his dream to become an actor was foolish, in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING, to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 31 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

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Franco didn’t listen, and today he is garnering great reviews for his work in “The Disaster Artist,” where he plays Tommy Wiseau, the real-life producer, director and star of “The Room,” a film dubbed as the worst movie ever.

“If you wanna be an artist of any kind – people are not going to beg you to do it,” Franco tells Dokoupil. “You have to want to do it. You have to put in the work. You have to prove it. My parents didn’t believe me. You know, it’s like I had to do it.”

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And he has. Franco earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the film “127 Hours,” and has amassed more acting credits than many of his well-known contemporaries. Indeed, Franco also earned a reputation as someone who does too much, too fast, including films, returning to school for multiple advanced degrees and more.  He admits to Dokoupil that at the height of his fame he was “really depressed.”

Dokoupil talks with Franco about his career, his decision to return to school in 2007 that led to exhaustion, his childhood and his new hobby of surfing.

Now that he’s 40 he’s slowed down, he tells Dokoupil.

“Hard work does pay off,” Franco tells Dokoupil. “But what I didn’t realize is that you need – you need balance, and you cannot make your happiness contingent on work. Or on anything outside of you, for that matter, right? It’s got to be, at the risk of sounding cheesy, it’s got to be a more spiritual thing. I didn’t learn that until a year ago.”

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.