James Franco lands star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Friday 8 Mar 2013 3:00 p.m.
James Franco has cemented his place in movie history with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The actor was honoured with the 2,492nd sidewalk plaque at a special ceremony, where guest speakers included funnyman Seth Rogen and Franco's Oz the Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi.
Raimi poked fun at his leading man for his wide-ranging interests in writing, painting, acting and lecturing, joking, "Working with James over the years, I've learned many things about him. James is a teacher, a poet, a sculptor, an actor, a director, a writer, a producer, a basket weaver - the thing goes on and on for days! Seems like we're always discovering James' next endeavour.
"Today we join the rest of the world to honour you in your achievements with a much-deserved star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame, a star made from marble - which you yourself have hewn from a mountain, from brass that you have smelted!"
James Franco and Seth Rogen (Reuters)
Stepping to the podium, Franco choked back proud tears as he thanked his family, friends and colleagues, telling the crowd, "I wish that I could put a bunch of names on this star because this is a collaborative business... The people behind the scenes, the people who have been there for me, all the way through, if I could, I'd put all your names on there. Thank you, and I'll always remember this."
The star's proud novelist mum Betsy, actor brother Dave and Oz co-star Joey King also showed up to lend their support.
Meanwhile, Franco is is set to make his Broadway debut in an upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice And Men.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes star will play intelligent field worker George Milton, who travels around California in search of work with his mentally disabled best friend, Lennie Small.
Franco announced the news during an appearance on US late show The Colbert Report.
The multi-talented hunk was originally slated to make his stage debut opposite Nicole Kidman in a 2011 production of Sweet Bird of Youth, but the project never came to fruition.
Of Mice and Men was last staged on Broadway in 1974, with James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway in the leading roles.