The multi-talented actor, director and poet has announced he is trying his hand at theatre, making his Broadway debut in an upcoming revival of the play Of Mice and Men.
James has signed on to play George in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival and will possibly star opposite Chris O’Dowd (who would portray the mentally limited Lennie).
The 1937 play, based on the classic novella by John Steinbeck, depicts the friendship of George and Lennie as the two migrant field workers help each other through the Great Depression.
James, who made the announcement at a Live Talks event in California, added that film audiences don't always know how to differentiate him from his roles.
"Everyone thinks I'm a pothead. A lot of people think I'm gay. A lot of kids come up to me and say, 'wow, your arm grew back.' So you're perceived through your characters. You're perceived through your interviews," he said.
Aside from the Broadway debut, the Oscar-nominated actor has more than 10 film projects in the works, including the upcoming movie Homefront, in which he plays a meth cooker and costars with Jason Statham, Wynona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth.
He also recently published his second novel, Actors Anonymous, a satire of the rich and famous. He had previously penned a collection of short stories titled Palo Alto, which saw success on the festival circuit as a Gia Coppola-directed film adaptation.