Monday, March 29, 2010


You know when people say, "Does he have a brother?" The assumption is that if the guy is hot, his brother is hot too. That's not always the case though (exhibit A: Alec and Stephen Baldwin and exhibit B: Joseph and Ralph Fiennes), but the Franco boys are blessed.

James Franco started seducing the ladies with his doucheyness back in '99 on FOX's "Freaks and Geeks." Now his 24-year-old little brother Dave is starting to make a name for himself as well. I first noticed him in the quickly-cancelled workplace comedy "Do Not Disturb" in 2008, where he played a pervy slacker/bellhop. Then he popped up on "Greek" as a pledge for a few episodes. Then last year he was added as a season regular to the super girly CW series "Privileged" as a cute nerd:

Unfortunately, it was cancelled as well. It was starting to look like he was cursed. Actually, it still looks like that since "Scrubs" was just cancelled too. But it wasn't until I saw him in "Scrubs" that I could confidently say it wasn't his fault. He was hilarious in the revival of the doctor comedy that had already been put out to pasture twice. You really believed he was a misogynist, self-involved, ghetto-speaking, trust-fund kid with no morals or common sense. See him in action:

Now, all he has to do is find a series that fits his brand of humor again. I don't think he should join one that already exists, because I want him to headline it. He's funny enough to be a lead. But if he wanted to impress producers on all networks--not just ABC, who are really good about placing their jilted actors post-cancellation--I would suggest he guest star on:
• "How I Met Your Mother" as Barney's protege
• "Big Bang Theory" as Penny's surprisingly genius little brother who goes toe-to-toe with Sheldon
• "Parks & Recreation" as an intern from another department who tries to steal April from Andy
That's three different kinds of comedy.

In the mean time though, we can see him on the big screen. However, he seems to be veering towards the drama genre more than the comedy. While he does have a small role in the Ben Stiller indie comedy Greenberg, which is already in theaters, this October you can see him in the morbid drama Charlie St. Cloud opposite Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, and Chris Massoglia (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant).

But if he ever gets too heavy for you, you can always enjoy his Funny or Die videos.

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