James Franco covers Details, now speaks in quatrains of Petrarchan sonnets

James Franco

The insufferable James Franco covers the March issue of Details to promote two of his upcoming projects, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers. These two movies — a $200 million-budgeted Disney film and an indie flick designed to exploit post-Disney starlets — perfectly summarize the dichotomy of wacky artiste Franco.

The Details cover is rather unremarkable, the photoshoot makes him look like a 1970s pr0n star, and the interview is typical Franco meta-nonsense. For the vast majority of this five-page article, Franco flits to various locations without saying hardly anything while the poor journo is left to summarize Franco’s pseudo-illustrious career in several different disciplines. At one point, a list is actually constructed to display all of Franco’s accomplishments, and mention is made that he often burns the proverbial midnight oil and falls asleep on his film sets just like he falls asleep in class. Overall, the piece frames “Being James Franco” as the toughest role in the world to fulfill. At one point, Franco even starts answering questions in quatrains of Petrarchan sonnets. Seriously:

James Franco

He’s realized the power of Being Franco: “As soon as I embraced it — like all of us, essentially play ourselves, to some extent — it gave me this incredible energy.”

Do his good looks diminish his work?
“I accept what I am, on the inside and out. I love me.
But I also know that me is something other than me;
A figure that is created by forces outside me. That me
Is a me I can f–k with, and in that way I’m new, I step
Aside and rearrange the parts of the old me, the Spiderman-
Ginsberg-Pineapple-Freak into something else: the Fairy King.”

A reminder of how profilic he is at 1,500 different things: “I’d become incredibly frustrated staying in the lines of my job description as an actor. I was making it hard, not only on everyone else, but on myself as well.” In the six years since he quit being a movie star, enrolled in UCLA, and majored in English, he has
* done M.F.A. work in five graduate schools: Columbia and Brooklyn College for fiction, NYU for film, Warren Wilson for poetry, and Rhode Island School of Design for digital arts
* published a half-dozen books
* exhibited in about as many museums and galleries
* appeared or collaborated on a dozen gay-themed projects, including appearances in drag, leading to great confusion about his sexuality
* taught in a widening number of universities, graduate programs, and acting schools
* written and/or directed numerous conceptual-art features and short films, as well as advertisements and a music video
* kept up the day job–indies, bit parts, cameos, and pseudo-cameos online and on TV (including Franco, the dashing and possibly homicidal conceptual artist on “General Hospital”)
* ascended to largely A-list roles: As Sean Penn’s lover in Milk and as Julia Roberts’ in Eat Pray Love. As the climber who escapes certain death in a Best Actor Oscar-nominated turn in 127 Hours and as the geneticist who dooms mankind in Rise of the Planet of the Apes . . .

Yet he secretly longs for stability: “I wish I could call New York home”–his first and only admission of the wear that all these jobs and 19-hour nonstop days must take on a body.

He can’t stop trying to do everything: He “fights sleep every night,” considering it “a defeat.”

Mila Kunis says he falls asleep on set: “We were at the end of a 17-hour day on Oz doing this carriage scene, with real horses. The set was so long they couldn’t turn the horses, so we’d just leave the set, circle, and reshoot. James just fell dead asleep after a take. I mean, nothing I could do would wake him up. We came around for a take, everybody saw, and they just kept the cameras rolling.”

[From Details]

The piece also goes into great detail about how Franco repeatedly deep-throats pistols at one point during Spring Breakers when Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens shove their guns into his mouth. Sounds like a really classy movie, right? I guess I just don’t understand AAART.

As for Franco’s insistence on doing all of his various endeavors at once to the point where he’s actually falling asleep on the job, well, maybe he should cut back just a little bit. After all, there’s no point in doing everything when you can’t do it even slightly well.

Here’s some photos of Franco at the Berlin film festival last weekend for the premiere of Lovelace, in which he plays a young Hugh Hefner. Naturally.

James Franco

James Franco

James Franco

Photos courtesy of Details and WENN

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Infuriating and mediocre little twat.

  2. Babalon says:

    James, you are a dilettante. Look it up in your special, all-the-languages-EVER dictionary.

    James inspired haiku!

    I hie myself back
    Back to the twitter sphere to
    Troll me some LeAnn

  3. Ms Kay says:

    What an insufferable twerp… because he loves to view himself as some avant-garde artist with his oh so deep indie arty side projects and expects everyone to be all over him because of his power of being Franco?… How about you try acting dear boy!

  4. allons-y alonso says:

    what an insufferable little dero. James Franco all those artistic tendencies and degrees will never get you an education

  5. Skipper says:

    He’s fine as an actor. He should just keep his other endeavors and hobbies quiet. I don’t know where he got the idea he is good at everything. He must have been a spoiled child.

  6. Hannah says:

    Insufferable really is the only word to describe him.

  7. Arock says:

    Everytime I see him I’m reminded of the South Park where the people smell their own farts. (greatness, self involment, whatnot) Hes so completely insufferable. Everytime he opens his mouth about a new thing I want to pat him on the head and say, “yesssss, college. Hush now. Shhhhh.”
    I mean really. Come on fraco- you’ve played a monkey, a boyfriend and a guy in a green suit. You want applause? Go feed children, cure cancer, just stop fucking talking about it.

  8. sharron says:

    Wasn’t he in Spiderman? That’s all I know him from.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Too early for this much pretentiousness.

    He’s quantity over quality at this point, in all the things he’s tries to do.
    And the journalist automatically discredits himself by calling playing second fiddle to Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love and “A list role”.

  10. lady mary. says:


  11. Miss Kiki says:

    Insufferable, smug, pretentious knobhead.

    Gahh he makes me stabby.

  12. NerdMomma says:

    Exactly. It’s better to be good at one thing than mediocre at 12 things, or in this case, less than mediocre. His art is amateur, and I haven’t had the desire to check out his poetry but I’d expect the same. Some self-awareness would be really helpful for this guy.

  13. Lolly says:

    James Franco needs to get over himself. What good looks? 19 hour days? Teaching? Suck a d*ck!

  14. mel says:

    What’s up with the lighting on that photoshoot? It’s looks amateur!

    I can’t help but like the man. He is interesting in a weird “i don’t feel bad about hating you” kind of way.

  15. Daahling says:

    I’m surprised he hasn’t undergone surgery to become a woman, so he can tell us the feminine perspective. A Franco Mystique, if you will.

  16. Lexie says:

    not sure if insufferable or troll extraordinaire.

  17. Deb says:

    Hey Mr. pretentious douche. Get over yourself. Everyone else is.

  18. May says:

    I wrote it yesterday in the Kunis news but I also think it belongs to be here as well:
    We got it you want that OZ bombs because of Franco. But it’s not only a Franco movie it’s also Michelle Williams first blockbuster and Rachel Weisz has also big part in it.

  19. Jaded says:

    Good God I wish he’d STFU. He and that pin-prick John Mayer should get together and write a book of their deep thoughts. It could be called “Barely Literate, Unbearably Lame and Pretentious Ramblings on Fame, Fortune and F*cking by Two Douchebags”

  20. Simmy says:

    I’ve been rewatching Freaks and Geeks and being sad over what an obnoxious douche Daniel Desario turned into.

    I saw him speak once and he was even more insufferable in person. I had to walk out.

  21. Izzy says:

    Douchebaggery, thy name is Franco…

  22. Anti-Hippo says:

    Whatever, I love him. #hatersgonhate

  23. LL says:

    My James Franco Haiku:

    The jack of all trades
    is a master of none and
    needs to take a nap.

  24. paranormalgirl says:

    the douche… it is strong in this one.

  25. Madriani's Girl says:

    His ego is so big, I’m surprised his head can fit through a door.

  26. Black girl says:

    I’m not going to be bitchy like all of you. James is HOT STUFF. At least he isn’t LAZY like most people.. GOOD 4 HIM!

  27. Incredulous says:

    I get the feeling it would take a lot less energy to just shout “LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!”

  28. elceibeno08 says:

    It’s hard to hate James Franco when he looks like he does in these pictures.

  29. shaboo says:

    Douce.Why do people think hes hot? Hes looks so ill most of the time

  30. Mindy says:

    Is it bad that he doesn’t bother me that much lol? Should I be grounded from Celebitchy :p

  31. Str8Shooter says:

    Pretentious DBAG. I hope that crappy looking Oz thing he’s in BOMBS.

  32. curegirl0421 says:

    James Franco… STAHP. I find him completely intolerable.

  33. Atasi says:

    First of all ahhh Franco such an amazing man beautiful man!!! Second I had a very difficult time to find this magazine!!! Yes folks it’s literally flying off the shelves!! I had a private delivery from my buddy and now happy to have it!! And third ah let’s just …..