James Franco got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, a day before his film Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters nationwide.
The 34-year-old was joined by his younger brother Dave Franco, their mother Betsy, his This Is The End co-star Seth Rogen and Oz director Sam Raimi at the star presentation ceremony in Hollywood. Franco received the 2,492nd star on the Walk of Fame.
"Thank you for this great spot in front of the El Capitan Theatre. I hope Jimmy Kimmel comes and shines my star every morning," he said.
Rogan was one of the speakers at the ceremony and Franco got a bit emotional when he thanked his mother, though he also mentioned the efforts of others who have helped him get to where he is today.
"I wish that I could put a bunch of names on this star because this is collaborative business, not just making the movies, the people behind-the-scenes, the people that have been there for me all the way through. If I could, I'd put all your names on there," Franco said.
Franco is an Oscar-nominated actor, a published author, a college professor, director, producer and editor. He announced this month his starring role in his first full theatre production: a Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1937 novel Of Mice and Men. Performance artist Marina Abramovic announced at the Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 23 she is in early stages of creating a film about the actor that will answer the question "Who is James Franco?"
Franco is currently shooting two films.
As I Lay Dying is based on the 1930 classic novel by William Faulker and Franco plays a son of a dying woman. The film is about her death and her family's journey to honor her dying wish. The actor is also filming The Third Person, which tells the tale of three interconnected love stories involving couples in three cities: Rome, Paris and New York. Franco will star in the film alongside Kunis, Liam Neeson, Kim Bassinger, Adrien Brody, Casey Affleck and Olivia Wilde. The film is expected to be released in 2013, according to IMDb.
Oz the Great and Powerful was released in theaters March 8. The film stars Franco, Michelle Williams, Kunis and Rachel Weisz.