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Trailer for James Franco-Directed SAL Delves into the Last Day in the Life of Actor Sal Mineo


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One of the many many side projects that James Franco has worked on in the past few years was SAL, which was filmed back in 2011. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and was eventually picked up by TribecaFilm, who is gearing up to release it in the coming weeks.

Directed by Franco and written by Stacey Miller, the film will chronicle the last day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren) in 1976. A former teen-idol, Mineo was a heart-throb back in the '50's, and starred alongside James Dean in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (for which Mineo was nominated for an Oscar). This film looks to touch on the events that have happened in Mineo's life post-stardom: dealing with life out of the limelight after his idol days, publicly opening up about his homosexuality, and working his way back up from the bottom to get his career back on track. It looks like an interesting story. Check out the trailer below.



Here is the official plot synopsis. SAL will open on VOD on October 22nd, and in theaters on November 1st.

James Franco’s Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award® nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco’s intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story.


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