This Fall, James Franco protégé Scott Haze goes for three home runs.
Scott Haze is having a moment. His breakout performance in the 2013 film Child of God, directed by Haze’s acting school buddy of 15 years, James Franco (“We will work together for the rest of our lives”), immediately elevated him within Hollywood’s acting ranks. Now the actor has a packed slate of prestige projects arriving this fall. “All the eorts that I’ve put hours and hours and years and years into—here it is for the world!” he says.
Can three be the charm? There’s Thank You for Your Service, in which Haze plays a real-life soldier wounded in Iraq and coping with PTSD (“It hit me that we could have an impact, that we’re telling real stories about soldiers and about our country”); Only the Brave, the tragic true story of a team of Arizona reghters battling a deadly wildre (“They are the hotshots who show up at the re line—not many people know about these heroes”); and the documentary Mully, which Haze wrote and directed, spotlighting the world-changing philanthropic efforts of Kenyan entrepreneur Charles Mully (“It’s miraculous, what he’s doing. It’s not just a guy rescuing kids—he created a microclimate!”).
In both his acting and his filmmaking work, it’s Haze’s incredibly immersive approach that has H’wood insiders abuzz. “I quit walking for Thank You for Your Service; people thought I was crazy conning myself to a wheelchair for over a month,” laughs Haze. “It’s not crazy to me—it seems like the normal way to honor the work. I prepare like I do so I don’t ever have to look back and say, ‘Oh, I could’ve done more.’”