Actor James Franco, who adapted “Child of God,” Mr. McCarthy’s 1973 novel about a necrophiliac, into an independent film that recently made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, says Mr. McCarthy offered little guidance. “He doesn’t give any answers about his work,” Mr. Franco said in an interview. When Mr. Franco called Mr. McCarthy and asked why he had written a book about such a repellent character, he was glib. “He said, verbatim, ‘I don’t know, James, probably some dumb-ass reason,’” Mr. Franco recalled.
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