1 November 2013 6:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

More than a decade after playing James Dean in the 2001 TV biopic of the actor, ultimate multitasker James Franco went behind the camera to direct Sal, a film depicting the final day in the life of Sal Mineo, Dean’s co-star, two-time Oscar nominee, and openly gay former teen heartthrob who was murdered outside his L.A. home in 1976 at age 37.

Franco pursued the film after reading the 2010 biography of Mineo. Starring Val Lauren as Mineo, Sal was reportedly shot in nine days — “It was shot quickly,” Franco tells EW, adding that he couldn’t remember the exact number — and »


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