2008, however, gave us two Oscar-worthy performances from the man. His lead performance in Pineapple Express was a comedy masterstroke and was rightly Golden Globe-nominated. Sure, Oscar was never on the cards, but it should have been. His supporting role in Gus Van Sant's Milk also should have given him his first Oscar nod, but alas they went with Josh Brolin's straight evil man. I'm not looking at it that way, but Franco was lovely and tender and charming as Scott Smith and I would've preferred he be honoured over Brolin.
Nevertheless, Franco has perhaps another chance at Oscar glory with his role in Howl. It is a biopic after all and he "goes gay" yet again so he already has a couple of ticks next to his name (and if you include the career momentum thing that the Academy like to reward then there's three). One cause for concern though is that Franco is portraying is Allen Ginsburg. I'm not sure if you know what Ginsburg looks like, but Franco it ain't.
The resemblance isn't exactly "uncanny", is it?
Anyway, Towleroad has some production images including the one below.