Dissatisfied actor James Franco

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 December 2008
James Franco

Dissatisfied actor James Franco

'Milk' star James Franco admits acting isn't enough to "satisfy" him, so he has enrolled on two university courses

James Franco says acting doesn't "satisfy" him.

The 'Milk' star enrolled on a graduate course at New York University and a creative writing course at Columbia University after Hollywood left him feeling disillusioned.

He said: "Going back to school has been life-changing and lifesaving. I wasn't on the point of suicide, but I wasn't satisfied.

"As an actor, you can tell yourself that your self-worth isn't measured by how your last movie did at the box office. But I found when acting was all I had, inevitably I would be emotionally affected by how well a movie did.

"School offered a way to focus on something that had a new criteria for success, and its own rewards. It releases me from pressure that I put on myself, where everything has to be perfect."

James is now considering quitting the movie business and pursuing a career as a teacher.

The 30-year-old star added to Blackbook magazine: "I have faith that my school and acting schedules will work out. Teaching creative writing students is something I'd like to do.

"I like the idea of teaching people who I know are interested in a subject, and not because it's a general education requirement. I want students who want to be there."

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