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James Franco grabs another role with MOCA show on 'Rebel Without a Cause'

The actor helps put together a multimedia tribute to James Dean's iconic 1955 film about teen angst.

May 14, 2012|By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times

"It's one of the most significant things going on right now — not just in art but also in progressive culture — this convergence, the dissolving of boundaries between what is art, what's music, what is performance," he says. "This show is film, performance, architecture, painting, sculpture, video; it's all of these media. And it's also the convergence between a more elevated fine art culture and popular culture."

Franco, Deitch says, "is one of these people who is leading this convergence."

But Franco is more modest about his multifaceted career.

"I feel like a lot of artists have been doing that for a long time," he says, citing Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Andy Warhol as examples.

Still, he fully embraces Deitch's ideas of convergence.

"The way I work is all about cross-pollination. That's what inspires me," he says. ["Rebel"] was a way of approaching the material using contemporary artists so that we could capture something of the original spirit ... and to use people that would be able to really get underneath it and find the vitality that was there."

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