Spider-Man's James Franco as Harry Osborn
Discuss James Franco
Although we might know him only as
Franco (born April 19, 1978) has been putting out a lot of
good movies. None have broke records at the box office, but from my
perspective they've all pretty much been solid enjoyable movies. I
haven't seen Tristan & Isolde so I can't comment on that one, but his
military movies like
was very good.
World War II
movie even better.
He's done a few war movies and has one more on the way called 'In the
Valley of Elah" in it he plays Sergeant Dan Carnelli. According to
Imdb.com the story from the movie goes something like this:
A career officer investigates the
disappearance of his son , an exemplary soldier who went AWOL after his
recent return from Iraq.
After just viewing his latest film to
go to DVD
Flyboys, I can highly recommend it for it's amazing aerial World War
I battle scenes and solid acting. The last scene in particular gives
James Franco a action shot that would have made
Clint Eastwood jealous. You just ain't a red blooded man if you
don't jump up and say," Yeah blow that dern Nazi out of the sky" when
you see it.
*****Spoiler Just so you'll
know what I'm talking about.
In the scene in question from
Flyboys, Franco's machine gun fails him, and all he has left is his
pistol. Pulling a Top Gun aerial maneuver that would have made
Cruise dizzy, Franco gets right beside the German enemy ace pilot,
and bam! No more enemy ace pilot!
Have you ever saw James Franco on a movie and said to yourself
that guy reminds me of the
James Dean. Well that's because right before he played Harry
Osborn he made a pretty darn good TV movie called
where he actually played James Dean.
It's almost scary when you see
him. He could almost be his clone. (Oops, sorry about that forgot how
much Spider-Man fans hate anything to do with clones ever since the
Peter Parker Clone Saga.) His performance as James Dean was so good he
even got a Golden Globe Award.
Of course being a Spider-Man site we
are here to discuss Franco's contribution to the Spider-Man movie
series. So without further ado.
It's been without question a big help to James Franco's career being
part of such a huge movie franchise as the Spider-Man series. His role
as Harry Osborn has made his face familiar to almost everybody.
Harry Osborn early on in the
Spider-Man films is one of Peter Parker's few friends. The rich son of
the evil Norman Osborn the
Goblin, Harry tries his best to please his father, but
Norman seems to notice Peter Parker more than Harry.
Unfortunately, for Harry Osborn, his
father is a tad on the evil genius side and becomes the Green Goblin and
tries to kill his friends namely Mary Jane and Peter Parker.
When the Green Goblin winds up dead
after battling Spider-Man, Harry ends up convinced that Spider-Man
killed his father in cold blood thus sending Harry towards the same dark
path his father had went down.
With Spider-Man 3, Harry will take up
the Goblin mantle and give Spider-Man a run for his money. Of course
that's on top of Venom and Sandman he has to deal with.
The comic book version runs pretty
much the same with Norman Osborn the Green Goblin's death being impaled
with his glider then Harry taking over the family business and becoming
the new Green Goblin. However in the next movie it has been said that
although Harry will be on a Goblin glider and using Norman's tools of
the trade, he will not be referred to as the Green Goblin or even the
The comic book Harry Osborn, dies
from using The Goblin Formula which he used to gain the Goblin super
strength. Taken for too long of a time period it began to poison his
system. Thus Spider-Man 3 could very well be the last one for James
Franco as his character could be killed off.
There is also an Ultimate version of
Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man Ultimate series. Harry is also featured
in the 1990's Fox Spider-Man cartoon series.
Amazing Spider-Man #136 Spider-Man vs the Harry Osborn Goblin