Monday, March 29, 2010
CRUSHWORTHY: Dave Franco
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.
But if he ever gets too heavy for you, you can always enjoy his Funny or Die videos.