James Franco and Jonah Hill Get Serious in Dark Drama, 'True Story'

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We know James Franco and Jonah Hill as the goofy, unstoppable pair in This is the End – but now, things are taking a turn for the serious in their new dark and gritty drama, True Story.

Hill stars as Michael Finkel, a disgraced journalist who meets Christian Longo (Franco), an accused killer who has assumed Finkel’s identity.

“I think people naturally want Jonah and I to get along when they see us in a scene together,” Franco told ET. “They become interested in the relationship -- just because who we are and our history and from other kinds of movies.”

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“I have such huge respect for them,” said co-star Felicity Jones. “They push boundaries and they care about film so much and [they’re] always trying new things, so it's great to work with them.”

The film is produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B – and served as Franco’s introduction to Pitt.

“He is so so nice,” said Franco. “He was really interested in the kind of the things I was doing.”

“He is the best boss in that he lets everyone just get on with their work,” said added Jones.

True Story is currently in theaters.