Netflix 6 Balloons

Franco Plays Heroin Addict In Challenging Role

Dave Franco is the star of a powerful new Netflix show called 6 Balloons which depicts how a heroin addict and his sister struggle with the impact of addiction. For Franco, it proved to be a challenging role.

As reported by People.com, the usually comedic actor turns in a gritty performance as a degenerate heroin addict and young father named Seth who leans on his sister Katie, played by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, to help him find a detox center as he suffers from withdrawals over the course of one night.

“This role is very different from anything I’ve played in the past, and that in and of itself was a huge draw for me,” Franco, 32, tells PEOPLE. The Now You See Mestar says he took on the project hoping that “people would start to see me in a different light and start to envision me in different types of roles.”

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Still, Franco says the part was daunting. “I was very nervous for many reasons,” he says. “First off, I knew that I was going to have to go through a huge physical transformation. I ended up losing about 25 pounds in a very, very short period of time.”

Prepping to play a heroin addict took a mental toll on Franco as well. “The whole research process also contributed to why I was so depressed. You can imagine how hard it is to watch several documentaries about heroin addicts every single day,” he says. “I felt like I was in this dark heroin tunnel for a couple months, and I was just not the most fun person to be around. I commend everyone on set who is still friends with me, because I really was off in the corner by myself not talking to anyone.”

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To learn more about Franco’s role as a heroin addict, please visit People.com.

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