• 2.11.14

    Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men' by Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell captured James Franco and Chris O'Dowd to promote the upcoming stage production of "Of Mice and Men," both men's Broadway debuts.

    The photographer traveled to L.A. only to learn that O'Dowd, who plays Lennie, was under the weather. "I promised him that I could have him in and out in less than hour," Maxwell recalled, "and within that hour we tried several poses to show different degrees of how incapable his character is. I didn't bring [the emotion] out of Chris – he's an amazing actor. The art director told him a few keywords and Chris did it. It was incredible to watch."

    Franco, as expected, was "funny and engaging," Maxwell added. Asked about his process, he noted that he approaches actors in-character as he would a celebrity portrait: "Everyone gets the same treatment from me."

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