Franco: 127 Hours is no horror film
James Franco's latest film has caused a few people to faint at screenings - but he insists it's not a "horror movie".
The actor stars in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, which tells the true story when adventurer Aron Ralston had to amputate his own arm after getting stuck rockclimbing.
At the closing gala of the BFI London Film Festival, James acknowledged that some people had fainted while watching the film.
But he said: "We made this film in a particular way, it's not a horror movie like The Exorcist or Saw where the point is to gross people out, but we felt we needed to respect Aron's story."
He went on: "When Aron amputated his own arm it took over 40 minutes, our scene is a few minutes. If we cut it back any more to make it more palatable it would have short-changed Aron's story."
Aron himself was at the premiere, with his parents and the Dutch couple who helped rescue him.
Other guests out on the red carpet included actress Rosamund Pike, who wore a short black dress and towering Christian Louboutin stilettos.
Director Boyle said he was backing James for Best Actor at the Oscars.
He said: "I have a vote and I'll be voting for him but who knows what everybody else thinks? We're very lucky to be releasing it at this time of year because it's the time of year when people give special consideration."