There's a couple of flaws in the 'James Franco is a one-dimensional actor' argument. Firstly, your favourite Hollywood hunk was probably terrible at one point (cough, Leo, cough, etc). Secondly, he does James Franco very well. Think about it - if you were looking to hire someone to play James Franco, you'd probably just hire James Franco, wouldn't you?

In the trailer for In Dubious Battle, a Steinbeck classic which Franco himself is directing, we're sucker-punched in the back, but tenderly caressed from the front. The punch is Franco's accent, but the kiss - that slow, tender kiss - is provided by this incredible line: "It's not about you and me, it's about Lisa's kid."

Fancy a pizza tonight? [Insert that line].

Shall we go see Suicide Squad tonight? [Insert that line].

In Dubious Battle premieres at Venice Film Festival. It features Nat Wolff, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff.