James Franco Shows Off Strange Tattoo At Venice Film Festival [Photo]

It’s that time of year again. The Venice Film Festival is in full swing, and there wouldn’t be a festival without multi-hyphenate James Franco. The actor-director-producer-scholar arrived at the festival for his new film The Sound and The Fury, which he directed and adapted from the novel made famous by William Faulkner.

That’s not the only thing James Franco debuted. As The Inquisitr reported, Franco now has a radical look– his shaved head. He shared his newlook on Instagram, but he debuted it publicly on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival.

We thought he was done with surprising us, but obviously we underestimated the polymath as he turned up to the fest with a pretty strange tattoo. The tattoo, which just so happens to be “inked” on the back of his head, looks more like a body of art than a typical tattoo. The image is a portrait of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor pressing their cheeks together.

That said, don’t worry, Franco enthusiasts, because the tattoo, unlike the bald head, is fake. The new ink as well as the shaved head is for his next project. Franco recently wrapped the film Michael with Emma Roberts, and now he has moved on to Zeroville.

Zeroville is a novel he optioned a few years ago, and he’s most likely adapting it through his Rabit Bandini production company. The novel by Steven Erickson is about a 24-year-old student in Hollywood as he dreams about entering in the film business. Of course, this tale is a cautionary story that ends in tragedy.

Variety reported a short comment from Franco about the new project. While on the red carpet, the actor said, “It’s a little movie we’re doing. Maybe we’ll show it here in Venice next year.”

While Franco was in town, he shot a scene for the film in Venice’s Sala Grande theater. When he wasn’t busy promoting one project and filming the other, the actor was in town collecting an award.

On hand was The Venice chief who handed Franco his award and said, “his creative versatility which pushes him to seamlessly be at the same time an actor, theatre and film director, screenwriter, producer, video-artist, soap opera star, and much more.”

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