James Franco on Lindsay Lohan: ‘I tried to help her. I’m sure she gets book offers’

James Franco

James Franco is still here, people. How did that happen? I know that some of you have commented that he may be a douche but that he’s a really hot douche, and I just don’t see it. For his latest act of performance art, James has debuted the NSFW trailer for his latest directorial project, Interior. Leather Bar, which is basically a bunch of reimagined gay S&M footage that was inspired by the 1980 movie, Cruising. Oh, that Franco. Always on the cutting edge of meta. In the trailer, Gus Van Sant is quoted as calling the film, “Awesome! Complicated, strange, and avant-garde,” which in English translates to “I don’t know what the hell this movie is about, but it seems controversial, so I’ll say something nice.” Sounds about right, and Gus’ quote is the stuff that Franco from which wet dreams are made.

Franco has also been running his mouth to MTV about his arty R.E.M. video for “Blue,” which stars Lindsay Lohan as she’s being photographed by the revolting Terry Richardson. Naturally, James makes it sound like the video is so much more complex than the Lana Del Ray ripoff that it really is. Oh, and Franco says he tried to help Lindsay too. Here are some excerpts:

On shooting Lindsay for the “Blue” video: “or the ‘Blue’ video, the original concept was to make it about two sides of L.A., the idea of L.A. as a place where people’s dreams can come true, but also L.A. as a place that eats its young. It’s something I’ve been interested in a lot. I’ve done a few projects about actors that have died young — James Dean, River Phoenix and Brad Renfro. Lindsay and I had reconnected at that time. I had been writing some poems about the Chateau Marmont and one or two of the poems involved Lindsay. I said to [photographer] Terry [Richardson], ‘I have this text, and it would be great to have some images to go with it. We should do a project where you use the images you shot of me at the Chateau and images you shot of Lindsay at the Chateau and put them together with this text.’ And he said, ‘Yeah that’s cool, but let’s do one more shoot with you guys together.’ So I said, ‘All right,’ and we had planned it for the night before the Oscars.

“That night before the Oscars we did a final run through of the show and I was just so depressed because I knew it was not good. So I told Terry, look I can’t do the shoot tonight, I’m tired, and I just can’t do the shoot with Lindsay. But she was already there at the Chateau! So he shot her, but I wasn’t actually there, I’ve known Lindsay for a while. It was at a moment where it seemed like she was doing OK. We’d have conversations on the phone, and she seemed like she was doing OK.”

On Lindsay’s legal woes: “I haven’t talked to her in a long time because it seemed like she was getting into some more trouble. I’ve tried to help her. I think one of the reasons it’s so hard is when she gets in trouble, she gets all this attention and I’m sure she gets book offers. Like she goes to jail, and instead of feeling like I really hit a low place, she’ll get a crazy offer for her jail memoir.”

[From MTV]

Poor James must not realize that he really could have postponed that shoot at the Chateau because Lindsay is basically always there, right? One crackhead night is as good as another as far as she’s concerned. Did you hear how I said, “poor James”? I feel bad for anyone who ends up in close proximity to Lindsay Lohan, no matter whether it’s their preference or not. As for the idea that she’s “get[ting] book offers,” I doubt anyone would want to pay for a book full of crack lies that’s been ghostwritten by Dina Lohan.

Oh, did you hear that James has his very first book of poetry coming out soon? He’s probably fancies himself a regular T.S. Eliot or something, but the book will probably actually read like a series of Pablo Neruda love letters to himself. Well, at least there’s one thing that James has admitted he hasn’t been able to do — help Lindsay. Because obviously, she doesn’t want help unless it comes in the form of money.

James Franco

James Franco

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  1. andy says:

    A narcissist trying to help another narcissist. Sweet.

  2. lucy2 says:

    “I was writing poems about the Chateau Marmont”…really?

    I wonder if this guy realizes that if he weren’t famous, he’d probably never get books published and stuff.

  3. Sisi says:

    For a sec there I though he wanted to blame The Cracken for the Oscar disaster

  4. Lipsy says:

    Gross. I miss thinking that he was hot during the first Spiderman movie as Harry Osborne… then he started talking too much.

  5. Apples says:

    I really am curious, what were his ideal expectations for the Oscars?
    He knew going in that it was just an award show.
    Did they promise him something different?

    Anybody know?

    • Mrs. Ari Gold says:

      + 1

      Exactly! The only reason anyone ever hosted a *good* Oscar show was because they were a brilliant & hardworking performer i.e. Billy Crystal, Steve Martin etc. I guarantee you none of them ever ‘showed up’ for a couple of rehearsals to see how the show was ‘shaping up’. No, they were working their asses off for months (not engrossed in a million other ‘more-important’ projects on another coast) and they hired outside consultants to make sure the show didn’t suck. And even those shows were still kind of ‘another awards show yawn’. What *was* he thinking?

      He is so lazy and entitled. The only thing he is brilliant at is taking himself too seriously. But he does have one thing in common with the Oscars: both are a big snore.

  6. kristin says:

    I think Franco is spot on here about Lilo. She doesn’t get it because she gets financial assistance aka work when she messes up. Look at Liz and Dick for the love of god — and we all KNEW it would be a train wreck.

    January 15 can’t come soon enough.

  7. Hannah says:

    “[T]he revolting Terry Richardson”. YES!!!

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I wish my shamef*ck would STFU already.

    I can’t take anything this guy says seriously. Does he get that the world is laughing at him, not WITH him but AT him?

    That being said, I would still hit it *hangs head*.

    But only once! And I would quickly leave afterwards.

  9. Elceibeno says:

    He’s just wanting to use her downward spiraling mess of a life to further his own selfish agenda.

  10. Madriani's Girl says:

    Does anyone know whatever happened with that professor who sued him? I hope the prof won in a hge way.

  11. Sara says:

    I am pretty sure they used to party together back in her good looks days. I often wonder if he still party’s hard or if he just smokes a little herb and drinks moderately. Hopefully the latter. I don’t understand why celebrities can’t control themselves better when it comes to substance problems. I guess the easy access and all the yes people make it too hard to resist.

  12. mzthirtyeight says:

    The last time I thought this guy had any semblance of “hotness” or “coolness” was when Freaks and Geeks was initially on. So, aaaaaages ago.

  13. Eleonor says:

    My question is: why he isn’t dating Lana Del Rey? Can you imagine?

  14. hotgirl says:

    Open your eyes Bedhead James is hot! And way hotter than that hillbilly Channing Tatum! So sweet of him to try and help Lindsay, but that woman has to help herself. No one can help her :(

  15. Meg says:

    I feel like there is a Moobs epidemic going on right now in Hollywood. All these men in sweaters with size A’s running around.

  16. Freakieness says:

    Bedhead, I know Franco is a douchey hipster and his writing is the same as his artistic sensibility on film, but why are you comparing him to Pablo Neruda? Girl, I love Pablo Neruda’s poems, don’t be like that!!

  17. dcypher1 says:

    If james isnt really gay he should stop with all this poser homoerotic art. Just cause u played ginsberg in a movie dosent make u a gay poet artist. He just looks like fraud. Hes not even gay. I bet his poems suck.

  18. HappyMom says:

    His picture is in the dictionary under Insufferable. Writing poems about chateau Marmont? Gay s & m? Terry Richardson? A book of poetry? I think my eyes are stuck in the back of my head from excessive rolling.

  19. HappyMom says:

    Oh lord. His picture is in the dictionary under Insufferable. Writing poems about chateau Marmont? Gay s & m? Terry Richardson? A book of poetry? I think my eyes are stuck in the back of my head from excessive rolling.

  20. midnightmoon says:

    Just watched the trailer. Is there a new word for clueless poser? Sheesh!!!

  21. JuneBug says:

    I disagree with almost everything except….Lindsey . Having grown up in the vicinity of the Marmont , I would love to read the poetry. The place has a real vibe to it…dark, sad yet hopeful . Too many deaths and overdoses.
    Franco was hot, no longer, so there’s that. I love the fact that he knows exactly why Lindsey and people like her can’t be helped in Hollywood …but tried anyway. At least he will be able to say that he tried. Sadly, when Lindsey dies, and I believe that is coming very soon, she may end up doing it at the Chateau… Adding to that vibe.

  22. Bertney says:

    “Someone move that carpet, I’m James Franco”

  23. some bitch says:

    He wrote poems about the Marmont? Seriously?! UGH!! This pretentious douche would fit in with the more “aaaahtistic” people who attend poetry slams downtown and wear chunky lenses despite having 20/20 vision.

    Also- horrible, horrible sweater. Dude needs to wear shirts that fit.

  24. Beatriz says:

    “James Franco is still here, people. How did that happen? ”

    Because the guy actually is a decent actor no? Man, I just re-watched Pineapple Express the other day and he was so funny! I always really liked him based on the roles in his movies; A shame that image doesn’t really harmonize with his real life self.

  25. dcypher1 says:

    Hes a crackie too if hes hanging out with lilo and admitting it. So is that perv terry r. Birds of a feather flock together u know.

  26. Miss M says:

    is it wrong that I still have some sort of a crush on him? :)

    I watched the holiday the other day and Cameron Diaz’s character is this big shot in the industry. There was a scene where her character was editing a movie with Franco and Lohan and I just Loled at it.

  27. BengalCat2000 says:

    Thanks for the post Eve! He is annoying, but those pics do make me kind of love him. My dad was a cat lover & I have some great pics of him from back in the day w/his cats. He’s been gone almost 17 yrs now, so I have a soft spot for these things. Re-watched Freaks & Geeks a few mos ago w/my bff (who had never seen it) & JF was super raw & awesome.

  28. alons-y alonso says:

    Dear James Franco,

    I have a story too. It’s a fairytale.
    Once upon a time, nobody gave a f**k.
    The End.

  29. asdfg says:

    I think his ” On Lindsay’s legal woes” comment makes her look even worse… He could have been polite and declined to comment. Just my opinion…

  30. Izzy says:

    Up next fo “Professor Franco,” he’ll be teaching two classes: Douchebaggery 101, and an advanced literature class called “It’s All About Me, and the Sh!t I Write”.

    Any takers?

  31. WendyNerd says:

    He sure is pretentious for someone in love with a body pillow.

  32. Aud says:

    He looks like a hobo junkie and speaks like a well versed pretentious narcissist.
    I hate him.

  33. muppet_barbershop says:

    Re-imagining “Cruising” is an inherently offensive thing to do. The original film’s release caused increased bashing in major cities in the States here. Gay men took to the streets to protest it in 1980/81, putting their jobs on the line and all that by being visibly gay on TV.

    However, pursuing book deals is actually decent advice for Lindsay. It could be the only way she’d earn certain money and remain “famous,” without sinking lower in the public view. Huh.