August 7, 2011 10:15 PM

Actor James Franco goes ape for career variety

Some performers stick to a plain diet of predictable choices. James Franco approaches life as a feast of opportunities. The 33-year-old actor has appeared in superhero movies, broad comedies, socially relevant dramas, small art films and a TV soap opera. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which opened Friday, takes him in a decidedly science-fiction direction.

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