James Franco Talks Child of God on Colbert Report

Actor-writer-director James Franco, who has co-taught several film classes with Deborah LaVine at CalArts, appeared on The Colbert Report on Wednesday night to promote his latest film, Child of God.

Franco directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette, based on the dark Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. From the production notes:

Child of God, tells the provocative story of Lester Ballad (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man, attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Set in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each segment describing Ballad’s ever-growing isolation of from society and social mores.

The film opens today (Aug. 1) in Los Angeles and New York. We’ve posted the trailer below:

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