Photo by Edizen Stowell /

Photo by Edizen Stowell /

Hollywood renaissance man James Franco teamed up with local artists this weekend to paint a mural on the side of an apartment building at 19th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach.

Franco designed the mural based on cast portraits he created during production of the upcoming action/comedy “The Interview” (about TV reporters sent to assassinate North Korea’s dictator), ICU Arts founder and director Stash Maleski said.

ICU (short for In Creative Unity) formerly managed the Venice Beach graffiti walls. ICU artists did background work for the new mural in advance and assisted Franco with painting the faces on Saturday.

Contributing artists included, from left: Che Bellman, Carlos Solorzano, Stash Maleski, Emmanuel Mauleon, James Franco (lead artist), Paul Nandee (lead ICU artist), Anna Korris and Tay Wheatley (not pictured).