James Franco Stars as Twin Brothers in Upcoming 70's Porn Drama

James Franco Stars as Twin Brothers in Upcoming 70's Porn Drama

Watch the captivating full length trailer for HBO's The Deuce.

Watch the captivating full length trailer for HBO's The Deuce.

Text: Emma Blanchard

Previously starring alongside Christian Slater in porn crime-drama film King Cobra, James Franco is no stranger to this seedy genre. Now, Franco delves into the glitz, glam, and danger that comes along with the adult entertainment industry in New York City during the 70's. In the upcoming HBO series The Deuce, Franco tackles the role of not just one character; rather, as a set of mobster twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. While Franco is busy juggling two roles, Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Candy, a sex worker looking to break out in the porn industry. The Deuce encapsulates the decade of the 1970's as a whole: exploring the rising HIV epidemic, glamorizing the boozy club scene and highlighting New York mob violence.

Franco, who directed a few episodes of the upcoming series, talked to W Magazine about his  difficult experience of taking on two roles, "when you're playing two characters in a scene, it’s this whole different thing from what I’m used to doing in movies with Seth Rogen, where we improvise all the time, but when you're playing twins, you kind of have to think about what the other one is gonna improvise. So it’s like I would come up with stuff for Vinnie, but then I'd be like, ‘Oh, wait, Frankie should be saying that.’ So then I had to whisper to Will, this guy from NYU who was my double, like, "All right, when I say this, you say that.’”

Check out the trailer below and stay on the lookout for the September 10th premiere on HBO.

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