Franco lets latest movie role go to his head at Venice Film Festival
THERE may be tears when fans of Hollywood hunk James Franco see his sizeable head tattoo - but don't worry, it's fake.
The 36-year-old is sporting a dramatic portrait of silver screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the back of his newly-bald head.
But his admirers can rest easy because it's temporary.
The Oscar-nominated star showed off his transformation at the Venice Film Festival.
His new tat caused a stir in Italy, but the cheeky Springbreakers star admitted it was painted on by a make-up artist.
The actor is getting into character for his next film, Zerovilles, in which he plays a Hollywood-obsessed student who sports the image from Taylor and Clift's 1951 film, A Place in the Sun.
Zerovilles, based on the 2007 best-selling book, details the life of student Ike Jerome who dreams of Tinsletown success.
Franco's new role sees him play a man 12 years his senior, but with his bald look he looks as though he'll easily pull it off.
Zerovilles features cameos by screen stars from the 1970s including Robert De Niro, Margot Kidder, Ali MacGraw and Brian De Palma.
He posted a selfie on Twitter this week with the words "bald as a mutha". Shades and his new tat completed the look.
Franco received the Venice festival's coveted Glory to the Filmmaker Award in recognition of his work.
He was there to promote his latest offering, The Sound and The Fury, in which he stars with Seth Rogan.
The Instagram-loving king of the selfies also shared images of his dramatic skinhead with followers on the social media site.