There’s a new show coming out on HBO and it stars James Franco. It’s called The Deuce and and along with this Oscar nominee are costars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Gary Carr. Franco plays twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino.
The show is set in the 1970s in New York City and delves into the rise of the adult film industry. It was written and created by author and former police reporter David Simon, along with his frequent collaborator George Pelecanos.
Recently Us Magazine interviewed James Franco and spoke about the upcoming series and his role. Naturally the conversation went towards the discussion of adult films and the industry in general.
Franco said, “I don’t know if you believe me or not. I watched it in my day. I certainly watched it as research for this show…But I don’t watch anymore.”
His reasoning as to why he stopped is pretty noteworthy. Guessing working on the show really opened his eyes to a different side of this industry.
He told the magazine, “I have no moralistic stand against it by any means, but in unregulated capitalism, I think that’s one of the main points of our show.”
He continued, “There’s always these people, a select few who sort of come out on top and the rest are just thrown under the bus.”
But Franco didn’t end there. He continued his response, saying “…these young women aren’t protected…it’s just completely unregulated.”
“They go out to Florida and they’re just sort of ground up in a matter of months and just discarded, and nobody is there to protect them”.
He ends his point by saying “There’s no laws to protect them and that is very much the case in our show as well”. His response touched on various important issues.
You gotta give it up for James for having concern for the women who are involved in this industry. Dealing with class struggle, manipulation of the worker…etc.