By Sheena Barnett
HOUSTON – Actor-director James Franco is pulling from Northeast Mississippi’s talent pool again for his second William Faulkner film.
Cody Farr, 10, of Houston, will star as a young Jason Compson in Franco’s film version of Faulkner’s 1929 novel, “The Sound and the Fury.”
“One night we worked up to 1 o’clock in the morning,” Cody said of his four days on set. “(Franco) is the director, and he plays in it, so we only really saw him when he was at lunch or when we were shooting.”
Farr began acting two years ago after attending acting classes at the John Robert Powers modeling, singing and acting school in Memphis.
He traveled to Los Angeles in January 2012, where he found an agent.
“He was the second choice for ‘As I Lay Dying,’” said his mother, Cynde Farr. “We stayed in contact with the casting director. He texted me and said he wanted Cody to audition for ‘The Sound and the Fury.’”
Farr and Cody traveled to Carrollton to film for four days in early October. He didn’t miss much school, Farr said, and there was a tutor on set.
“The Sound and the Fury” tells the story of the Compson family of Faulkner’s fictional Jefferson. The family falls into financial ruin, loses faith and falls apart.
“He’s supposed to be the mean boy,” Farr said of her son’s role in the movie. “(Filming) was kind of easier than you’d think: They’d say, ‘Say it like this,’ and then they’d let him say his lines three or four times.”
Farr was allowed on set and watched her son’s performance on monitors.
Actor Tim Blake Nelson, best known for his role in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” played Cody’s father in the movie, and Scott Haze, who also starred in Franco’s “As I Lay Dying,” stars as the grown-up Jason Compson.
Franco filmed Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” in Canton last year with local actors Casey Dillard and Kenny Cook. It was released earlier this year.
Work is still being done on “The Sound and the Fury,” so there is no release date yet.