James Franco & Seth Rogen spoof Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2′ video: amazing?


Last week, Kanye “Yeezington” West dropped his newest music video for “Bound 2”. He debuted it on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, which still amazes me. Anyway, as we quickly saw, the video was awful. It had a production value of, like, $20 (if that) and it featured some of the worst video acting ever, done by none other than Kim Kardashian. The whole thing already felt like a Saturday Night Live spoof. So of course James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to go ahead and do a real spoof. Franco plays Kanye, Seth plays Kim. It’s epic (and it’s pretty SFW as long as you’re okay with hairy moobs):

A few thoughts, questions and moments of hilarity:

*Franco actually looks pretty hot here.

*Seth Rogen is like the best Kim Kardashian impersonator ever. I’m being completely serious. Seth really studied the original and he copies her expressions exactly.

*Seth’s hairy back = life affirming.

*Seth’s hairy moobs = kind of gross, but I love that he went for it.

*Seth & James nuzzling each other and really going for the authenticity of the original video? Incredible. Their makeout session is way hotter than Kimye’s too.

*Franco’s flourish for “Jesus Wept” is actually amazing. BEST FLOURISH EVER.

*James Franco lip-sync’d the n-word. I never do! I was always feel so weird when I’m in my car, listening to some HOVA or Yeezington and they’re dropping n-bombs and I’m like, “Aw, I can’t say that.” James did though. Is he allowed because he’s an Artist?

Here’s the original NSFW “Bound 2”. I’m serious, it’s weird to spoof this video because this shiz is ALREADY THE BEST SPOOF EVER. *mic drop*




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  1. Eve says:

    “James Franco & Seth Rogen spoof Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2′ video: amazing?”


    *Seth & James nuzzling each other and really going for the authenticity of the original video? Incredible. Their makeout session is way hotter than Kimye’s too.

    *Franco’s flourish for “Jesus Wept” is actually amazing. BEST FLOURISH EVER.

    Agree on both.

    • Shannon1972 says:


    • Rose says:

      A thousand times yes!

      Why does Kanye keep saying “repertation”? He sounds like a dying cat. He needs to sit down.

    • Anna says:

      I didnt watch the original till this post. It HAD to be a joke, right? Yeezy being the Artist? Imitating Franco?

      Come on, Franco doing Yeezy doing Franco would be SO meta!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      It was hilarious and it definitely wouldn’t have been as funny if they simply parodied it without recreating it FRAME FOR FRAME. The attention to detail is really impressive.

      • Eve says:

        I’ve never found Rogen particularly funny — I just found him loud and obnoxious (plus, I really HATE Jude Apatow’s movies). But this? This is perfect. The eyelash batting, hair whipping, “sessy” open mouth action…my god! I’m dying here.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        It really is perfect.

        You didn’t like Rogen in Knocked Up? I thought he was really good in that movie.
        ..and I honestly can’t understand how any human wouldn’t LOVE Freaks & Geeks. Maybe you would have had to have been a freak (me) or a geek in high school in order to relate to it?

      • Eve says:

        I haven’t seen Knocked Up (can’t stand that HEEEEEEIGL woman) but after this video, I’m definitely going to give Freaks and Geeks a try. Definitely. There must be at least one scene that will make me laugh as much as this video has.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’d be surprised if you didn’t like it, Eve. It really is a sweet/funny show with a lot of heart.

      • Meaghan says:

        Freaks and Geeks was so good! Also check out the show Undeclared, another good one.

      • mia girl says:

        Another vote for Freaks and Geeks. It’s a perfect little gem of a program.

        Also +infinity to all the positive comments on this spoof.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Freaks and Geeks is one of the BEST coming of age stories of all time AND stars our favorite stars before they were stars.

        The Ellen Page doppelganger Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, Omri Katz, Lizzy Caplan, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Leslie Mann, and Ben Stiller, were incomparable in this laugh out loud, poignant, nuanced comedy.

    • V4Real says:

      Franco just earned some major cool points. That was one of the best spoofs I’ve seen in a long time.

    • zinjojo says:

      I am SO GLAD Kaiser covered this video spoof! It is a gift and I could watch it all day. I have renewed like for Franco and Seth Rogen should receive a VMA for his performance; it is perfect!

      Plus, Franco and Rogen have WAY more chemistry together than Kimye. I watched the Kimye video after I saw the parody and it’s so amazingly bad — from the production value to the acting to the overall cheesiness of it. Really, wild horses running, hahahahahaha.

    • An says:

      Yup. AMAZIING!!

    • Skye says:

      I defy anyone to watch this and still protest gay marriage. (sniff, tear) So beautiful….

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Seth Rogan is one of my top four favorite comedic actors.

      1. Danny McBride
      2. Will Farrel
      3. Steve Carrel
      4. Seth Rogan

      These guys.

  2. Here or there says:

    Franco just earned some respect I think.

    • LB says:

      It’s the first time I’ve liked him in a long, long time.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        lol…first thing my son said was “I’m really starting to like James Franco”…I was laughing so hard when I saw this…Would love, love, love to see outtakes, because there is no way these two weren’t hysterically laughing the first twenty times they did this…HUGE PROPS TO SETH AND JAMES….it had to be done, and they nailed it!

      • MissyJones says:

        @MrsBPitt – That was exactly what I was thinking! LMAO!! The best spoof ever! Its better than the original. Rogen copied all Kim’s non- expressions so accurately! Esp, the lip licking part! ROFL. :’D

    • Liv says:

      Agree with all of you.

      On a side note, I just can’t believe that Kanye was serious when making a video like this!! It’s like a spoof already! He must be so delusional at this point that he thinks this is arty or smart…

    • Liza Jane says:

      Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!!!

  3. Anna says:

    LOL I loved it! I always loved this song so I was disappointed by the video (but at the same time I wasn’t since I knew Kanye would do something ridiculous), but I thought the spoof was amazing.
    Supposedly Kim loved it as well! I would love to hear Kanye’s take on it haha
    The more I watch this the funnier it gets lmao

  4. Lori says:

    The Artist spoofing the Genius………..its so awesome! And I love Seth for this! And you’re right Franco does look kinda hot.

  5. Tracy says:

    I was having a crappy day yesterday and then I came home and saw this epic piece of work and it turned my day right around. Well done JF and SR!!!

  6. pretty says:

    i love the song. it’s stuck in my head now,,

    • Dani2 says:

      I like this part of the song: “I know, you’re tired, of loving, of loving with nobody to love”, I wish the song was just that singer singing, Yeezus ruins it for me unfortunately.

      • Kiddo says:

        I like the singing in the background, or the chorus. Maybe I would have liked the song if I hadn’t seen the video? I’m not sure I would have “found god”, though, because the lyrics in the rap portion still seem so trifling.

      • claire says:

        That’s the only part I like, too. ;)
        The rest of the song is just horrid. It’s the type of rap I’d expect from a newbie starting out.

      • ennie says:

        A-HA – honey….. wtf????????

  7. Inconceivable! says:

    Excellent spoof! It’s a shame Kim and Kanye don’t realize the joke is on them!!

  8. brin says:


  9. Rhea says:

    I was laughing and cringed at the same time when I watched this video last night. Lol. Seth and Franco really copies their moves and expressions perfectly. :D

  10. Frida_K says:

    This makes me like James Franco for the first time ever.

    Yeezus’s head must be exploding right about now and Kimmode–who knows how she’s reacting? Her face is so plastic that she probably can’t even muster up a frown at this point.

  11. ANDREA1 says:

    Amazing spoof Gawd!

  12. doofus says:

    so damn funny…Rogen is hilarious trying to recreate KK’s vacant stares.

    more laugh inducing than the original, and that’s saying something/

    • NerdMomma says:

      I know, right? I belly laughed the whole way through the spoof, but I belly laughed through the original as well :-)

      • Danskins says:

        Both videos are hilarious but it’s sad that Kimye (especially Yeezus) doesn’t seem to realize that the joke is on them.

  13. Dani2 says:

    Kanye is going to be soooo pissed! I can’t wait to see how he reacts to this

  14. Steph says:

    I was sitting in the cafeteria after one of my classes yesterday, and I probably looked like the weirdest girl laughing by myself. Best Spoof Ever! I watched it twice :-)

  15. brasileira says:

    Oh my…. for the first time in my life, James Franco smugness didn’t get in the way of me effectivelly liking something from him. Uh hu, honey!?

  16. Aussie girl says:

    I watched this by myself today and had one of those laugh my self, by myself silly moments. I think what makes it so funny is how serious Kanye takes himself , he sets himself up for shit like this. Well done SR & JF, looooove it!!!

  17. GiGi says:

    OMG. My hubs and I were crying for real tears last night watching this – so hysterical. I love that they got every little thing right… the best!

  18. Vee says:

    Hysterical! Major props to James and Seth!

  19. Redheadwriter says:

    Watched with hubby last night – of course we had to watch the Kimye version first. He thought the original was the spoof! Anywhoodles, this was totally awesome. Seth and Franco make a much more believable couple with way more chemistry than Yeezus and Kim.

  20. Nellie says:

    I love when Rogen mimics Kim as she’s blinking the hair out of her eyes. Priceless

  21. Faye says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to spoof this video successfully, since the real thing basically makes a parody of itself. But Franco and Rogen proved me wrong! This was epic. No other word for it. I can’t believe how funny Franco was. I want to shake him and say “See? Look how funny and entertaining you can be when you stop taking yourself so seriously?!”

    I loved Rogen’s impressions of Kim K -the hair-tossing and pseudo-sexy lip movements in particular were just spot-on. And the looks Franco tosses him over his shoulder when they’re on the motorcycle.

    Best.Video.Ever. Now I want a Kanye rant after he sees it, and my day will be complete.

  22. tifzlan says:


    Also, this is why i can’t ever escape James Franco. Everytime i feel like i’m ready to move on, he does something that pulls me right back into his lap. I need help.

    Also, Franco is so hot.

    • Vee says:

      I like Franco too. Guilty pleasures, it’s all good. :)

    • Eve says:

      “Everytime i feel like i’m ready to move on, he does something that pulls me right back into his lap.”

      You sit on one of his legs and I sit on the other (I prefer the right one).

      “I need help.”

      No, you don’t. Embrace it.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      YES! I was hoping you would be here, tifzlan, my fellow Franco-loving friend.

      “You sit on one of his legs and I sit on the other (I prefer the right one).”

      Well I guess this means I’ll have to sit on his third leg, ladies-it’s the only other option.

      Anyway, I’m just happy all of us can get out of the Corner of Franco-Loving Shame, even is it’s only for a few minutes.

      • Eve says:

        Corner of Franco-Loving Shame…LOL!

        Though, to be honest, I’ve never been ashamed of liking him. I just avoid the threads about him because defending him here seems to be pointless.

      • tifzlan says:

        Hahahahahaha, i love you guys. Thank you for making me realize there’s nothing wrong with me! :’)

      • GiGi says:

        I’m in the corner, too. I want to hate Franco… but then he pulls this kind of thing which is just perfect and amazing… Damn you, Franco!!!!

      • Migdalia says:

        +100000 Eve. I love me some James Franco, but avoid commenting on his threads for the same reason.

    • Ashling says:

      No matter what anyone says, JF is a good actor and very funny. Plus, he has cool friends.

    • MissyJones says:

      + 10000! Hot hot hot, with a great sense of humor! Love that combo :)

  23. Mia4S says:

    Wow, I’m not a fan of either of these guys, but I’ll give credit where credit is due! This is awesome!

    Is Kayne an act? Seriously. It…err…she is beneath my notice, but I am curious about him. Is he really this big an idiot or is it an act?

    • Carolyn says:

      Absolutely hysterical. Franco & Rogen rock for doing this.

      I’m wondering about Kanye too. Maybe he realises he’s a 1-trick pony and his credibility has gone since hooking up with Kim. He seriously can’t think he’s the Second Coming and then put out this video. Can he?

  24. JM says:

    This video actually made the “song” somewhat tolerable. Way better than the original!

  25. paola says:

    I can’t wait to see Kim and Kanye’s comments! It has to be something bitchy! Please let it start a big bitch fight!

  26. feebee says:

    Kanye can’t be mad, look at the brilliance HE inspired!

  27. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I’m surprised that people are shocked by how funny Franco can be.

    Those of us who are Franco apologists and have followed his career since Freaks and Geeks know how comedically talented he is.
    Most of my friends love Franco and the Apatow crew–it’s only around here that the guy is completely reviled.

    Anyway, I’m happy for anything that makes people hate Franco even slightly less.

    • Eve says:

      I’m one of those who can’t stand Apatow (I tried to like his movies, but couldn’t…I swear), but I never doubted Franco was funny. And I totally agree with the following:

      “Anyway, I’m happy for anything that makes people hate Franco even slightly less.”

    • Faye says:

      I’m not shocked by Franco’s ability to be funny – he’s very talented, and I loved him in Freaks and Geeks. The problem for me is that he spends most of his time on this self-indulgent, so-called “artistic” garbage, and his alleged degrees, and not enough on what he’s actually good at -acting. Some of his more douche-y rants and his getting a teacher fired at Columbia wasn’t exactly endearing, either.

    • Han says:

      I don’t think anyone hates on Franco for his acting work. He is a talented actor. Its his personality thats off putting, his faux degrees and his horrible “writing”.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      His writing is atrocious. Can’t argue with you there.

      …but he loves cats! Does that not count for anything around here? ;)

      • Eve says:

        *raises hand and waves it franticly*

        It counts for me!

      • tifzlan says:

        I hate cats but i’ll make an exception for Artist Franco <3

      • Eve says:

        *side-eyes Tifzlan*

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Oh tifzlan….you might have to give up Franco’s other knee if you don’t like kittehs! ;)

      • Eve says:

        Kitten, after that animal cruelty post (and NYC_girl’s post mentioning a girl who tossed her neighbour’s cat into a busy intersection) I need to rewatch this. Over and over again.

        I’m downloading this. I have the feeling I’m going to need it during the rest of the day.

      • tifzlan says:

        Oh no! Uuuum i am THE BIGGEST cat lover ever! *looks around nervously*

      • bluhare says:

        Eve, I was coming over here to say exactly the same thing. A great palate cleanser after that ugliness.

        And I’ve always liked Franco. He plays an awesome stoner.

      • Eve says:

        @ Bluhare:

        It’s a coping mechanism for me (funny videos, movies, cartoons, posting here on CB). Helps sometimes.

    • Claudia says:

      I’m an unabashed Franco lover =) When you brought up how funny he can be it reminded me of that one scene in This Is the End… the one with Danny McBride. I laughed so hard my ribs hurt the next day. Ooh and the scene in Freaks & Geeks where he tries to pull, word-for-word, the same sympathy card he used on Lindsay– this time with the principal, and Lindsay starts cracking up.

  28. Insomniac says:

    Rogen really did capture Kim’s “stunned cow” attempts at sexiness perfectly. And now I’m all crushed out on Franco again.

  29. Mauibound says:

    Pure awesomeness!!! I was in reddit last night and someone was saying the video was crappy on purpose, that Kanye was making a statement or something lol. I prefer to think he just put out crap! That has got to be one of the worst videos I have ever seen.

  30. Darlene says:

    I hate James Franco and now I’m having positive feelings for him!! This video has me confused!!!

    Also, this song is horrible and now it’s stuck in my head.

    Uh huh, baby!

  31. judyjudy says:

    The kissing in this video is way more passionate and believable than in the original.

  32. Ellie66 says:

    Lol! Best Video Ever! (Even better than Beyonces) Seth Rogan is freakin hilarious and it even makes me like James Franco. ;)

  33. lucy says:

    Love this, but sadly the song is now stuck in my head.

  34. RMJ says:

    Ha ha, two dudes making out, HILARIOUS. Bound 2 was already a joke. This is useless at best and homophobic at worst.

    • Eve says:

      I don’t think two guys making out is what’s being mocked here — more like the extremely tackiness of the original video. He could have used a woman (to play KK) but he went with a long time friend who happens to be a man.

      I fail to see what’s “homophobic at worst” about it.

  35. Sheila says:

    Wait a minute! Is that really Kanye’s voice–nasally and just, I don’t know, horrible and annoying? I listened to the spoof version first and thought the voice rapping was also a mockery; but then, the original video sounded the exact same! OMG Kanye is truly AWFUL!

    • Happy21 says:

      I totally agree. I’ve heard random songs from him over the years but I’ve never really noticed how truly awful his ‘skills’ are until I heard this song. Some of the rhymes are just laughable.

      I loved the spoof though, posted it to my FB page first thing this morning.

  36. Barbiegirl says:

    This video is pure ART!’ Franco and Rogen are both amazing… Respect!!!
    And stunned cow is the expression I was looking for and could not find… It’s perfect!
    Thank you

  37. Lucy says:

    FAN-TAS-TIC. I totally have to give it to Franco in this one. The freaking song is making my ears bleed, though.

  38. Miss M says:

    Loved it!

    I wish Seth Rogen made another movie with Elizabeth Banks. They were awesome in ” Zack and Miri make a porno”.

  39. GlimmerBunny says:

    TMI warning: I laughed so hard at this that I peed myself :D But then again I’ve always been a fan of both of them and the whole Apatow crew. Seth’s Kim-face was priceless!

  40. Nanou says:

    That was so hilarious !! I can’t stand Franco but he was great in it. My favorite parts were with Seth Rogen playing Kim Kardashian hahaha

  41. Sarah says:

    This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely watch the Kanye video then the spoof. Too good. Franco makes up for the oscars now!

  42. Miffy says:

    I don’t know what you’re all talking about, this is eroticism at it’s finest. They seem so much more into each other than Kimye. Shoulder hair is my new weird thing after this!

  43. etaya says:

    OK, so try watching them both at the same time (Franco is about 5 seconds ahead), it’s absolutely amazing :) .

  44. EscapedConvent says:

    I haven’t seen it yet—can’t wait to hear if they say “Yeah, honey….” over & over. That was one of the funniest #$%!ing things I’ve ever heard. & Yeezus, apparently, was serious!

  45. MG says:

    This is the best thing I’ve seen in awhile! Makes me like Franco again!

  46. Gaby says:

    EPIC. Hilarious. Perfection. I didn’t find these two so funny since ‘Pineapple Express’. Major props!

  47. JH says:

    Rogen and Franco were amazing in This Is The End. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard while watching a movie. It’s hilarious.

  48. Jayna says:

    This video gives me life. Every time Franco goes Bam it cracks me up, and Seth’s Kimmy faces are priceless.


  49. moon says:

    I hadn’t seen the original till now, and Seth Rogen really has Kim’s expressions down to the tee!

  50. lucy says:

    Superb. Bravo! The world is a much better place with this in it.

    Much higher quality than the original, too.

  51. amanda says:

    Ugh. Do people really think Kanye West is good? This is AWFUL. I thought he was terrible when he first started getting big, but at least the songs were kind of catchy. Seriously, when there are rappers like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco…? His rhymes are atrocious. AND THAT VOICE. So annoying. He has no…pacing. It just sucks. I need to go wash my ears out with some Biggie.

  52. yoyo says:

    A-MA-ZING. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! This just made my year I think! Haven’t laughed so much in a long time.

    Seth and James are sooo perfect in this. The attention to detail is crazy, the ridiculousness: off the charts. If I were Kanye I’d feel so ashamed : he was just put on blast big time, his hubris was exposed in the worst way by saying exactly what he said , the way he said it. This is on par with Sarah Palin being spoofed by Tina fey on SNL by repeating verbatim what she sayed, which was so damn stupid nothing needed to be added or exagerated. It spoke volumes all by itself.

    I must say I’m a Seth Rogen fan, he somehow manages to make topics that I would find usually gross or indecent hilarious. He so doesn’t take himself seriously and totally owns his bearness, hairy moobs, hairy back, weed smoking, whatever. There’s just zero pretense here. He also seems to bring out the best out of James Franco. When I hear about James Franco I usually imagine someone so full of himself with the writing and teaching and general naval gazing non sense. But every time he’s in a movie or skit with Seth he’s just hilarious. So , will the real James Franco please stand up?

    I just watched “This is the end” the other day and it is so hilarious. Seth’s movies usually deal very astutely with friendships in the midst of ridiculousness and always have lots of heart (along with the ridiculousness). Kudos to them, much better than anything SNL has put out in decades.

    You know Kanye is pooing himself with rage right :)

  53. jwoolman says:

    Amazing indeed. Seth is much much more expressive than Kim, though, and I wish they had spliced in his voice with those strange “uh huh honey” things scattered through it. Hopefully it has turned viral enough that the divine Kanye or his demon future mother-in-law can’t shut it down. Or is that demon mother-f’ing-mother-in-law?

  54. Tara says:

    I know this is a spoof and everything but it kind of reminded me of Kanye’s video from a couple years ago featuring Zach Galifianakis on his farm lip synch Can’t Tell Me Nothing – only because you brought up whether it’s ok to lip synching the n-word (which, I am completely with you on) but Zach did it in that video. I’m curious what the unwritten rule on this is as well.

  55. Pam says:

    Yes, this is a brilliant mockery, but I’d rather talk about Kanye’s version – absolutely the worst piece of video shite ever. Two narcissists doing it on a motorcycle to the worst song? sound effect? death rattle? I’ve ever heard…Audio pollution at its most toxic. Oh, please God, can I un-see and un-hear it???

  56. alison8761 says:

    I always replace the n-word with “fella”, haha.

  57. TherapyCranes says:

    My friend just linked me to the video and I was laughing so hard. I was hoping you’d cover this. I think they did a great job. A+

  58. Ginger says:

    James Franco always looks hot…ugh!! I need therapy! I can’t watch the vid on my phone darn it! It looks fantastic! I will watch at home and comment later.

  59. Pam says:

    I’d like to bleach my eyes after seeing the Kim/Kanye version with the airbrushed nips.

  60. Blackbetty says:

    Hilarious! I agree with the poster that said just when you hate James Franco, he does something like this.

  61. Lark says:

    This is beyond hilarious, and I love the attention to detail. I can find Rogen and Franco annoying at times, but I can’t deny that both can excel at what they do sometimes and are capable of being very clever.

  62. dorothy says:

    It was much better than the original.
    * Do you think Kim and Kanye even realize the spoof was laughing AT THEM, not with them?

  63. jenn«« says:

    Was to me just sorta funny. Would have been way better if they made him fall off the bike, dude ran him over with enormous ass skidmarks on the road. Heh hehe

  64. d b says:

    People need to lighten up about Kanye and Kim, really it’s not that deep. I think he’s funny and bound 2 video is strange AND funny. I’ll take a leap and say that’s by design. I love Kim’s blank expression throughout, while Kanye’s yammers on about — well whatever he was saying haha

    I like Franco’s spoof (can you spoof a spoof?) and he looks good too

  65. Moi says:

    I knew my mom adored James Franco for a reason. This was so amazing….

  66. fallen says:

    I adore Franco and always will LOL And he is looking so hot recently, he needs to keep this up.

  67. MourningTheDeathOfMusic says:

    The spoof was fantastic! The original, not so much.
    No, wait… correction, the original was HORRIBLE!
    Sweet jeebus! What were they thinking? The video is cheesy, cheaply made, and in general, lame. The song… I feel such shame for calling it a song, it is cacophonous caterwauling.
    It can never be unseen and a little piece of me died because of it.

  68. Emma33 says:

    I know I’m being greedy, but I’d love to see another version of the spoof in which Franco and rogan swop roles; I would just LOVE to see Franco’s take on Kim’s mannerisms. As for the original… Well… I wish there was a “go back” button somewhere behind my eyes and I could un-see that.

  69. vv007 says:

    I always found Franco cute and passably hot but………..he’s smokin’ in this video. Even with furry Seth hanging off of him. In fact I think that just increases his hotness lol

    I finally understand the Franco love.