James Franco: Instagram is ‘seductive’ & I get ‘pulled into’ the selfie urge

James Franco

There’s something very “off” about James Franco over the past few months. He’s always burned the candle at both ends, but he looks genuinely exhausted. It doesn’t matter whether he’s on the red carpet or posing for a selfie. The dude looks smashed. I don’t know if he’s boozing or if his new Broadway schedule (for Of Mice and Men) doesn’t agree with him, but Franco looks like he’s aged substantially in a short amount of time. He’s only 36 years old.

Franco’s been whipping up plenty of controversy with his creepy Instagram behavior. It’s only been a month since he faux apologized for trying to pick up a teenager on the social media site. You’ve probably seen his latest shirtless selfie where he posed with his hand down his underwear. I included a cropped version below — surely you’re all tired of looking at it by now. Franco got the hint and deleted that selfie (and many others) from his Instagram page.

Franco spoke with the Daily Beast to “clear up” many of his recent antics. He talks about the selfies, and he discusses how he called an NYT theater critic “a little bitch.” Side note: I was surprised Franco didn’t pop off when he got “snubbed” by the Tonys last week, but maybe he’s learning to STFU. He does talk about his lack of a Tony nom in this interview. Let’s do this:

His Broadway audience is mainly young females: “I’d rather have young people in that audience than old people. And yeah, that’s my audience. A lot of those people are coming to see me, Chris, and Leighton [Meester] because of our other stuff, and yeah, with a lot of the matinee crowds, when there are school groups coming in, you can tell they didn’t read the book. But I have no snobbery about any of that. When you looked out in those audiences at early Beatles concerts, what did you see? F—ing teen girls!”

The Tony snub: “I felt like I was in good company being shunned with Ian McKellen, Denzel Washington, and Marisa Tomei. But to me, that attitude is so self-destructive. To have a play like Of Mice and Men, just a straight drama on Broadway, and to do as well as we’re doing–we broke the house record at the Longacre–is unheard of. Seven out of ten Broadway plays don’t make their money back. So, to have the critics come in and, on top of those odds, hurt the production even more, it’s like…what do you want? Twenty Aladdin‘s? Because that’s what you’re gonna get!”

Calling the NYT critic “a little bitch”: “I really normally don’t read any reviews or any other stuff about me because it’s just not healthy, but I read that one because I was new to the theater and it’s a small community. You know what? Maybe I reacted too quickly. It just felt like a poorly-written review; a poorly-considered review. Also, when you do a movie like, say, Spider-Man, all the reviews are out. Andrew Garfield doesn’t have to go and play Spider-Man now that the reviews are out. All the work is done. But in theater, we have to go on stage the next day. So I felt a little bad that I was pulling in these biased reviews because of my celebrity, and felt a little bit of a need to stand up for the rest of my group–the production–and say, ‘We’re not going to stand for this.’ There was a part of me that just wanted to say, ‘Hey, shut the f— up! We don’t care about you.’ But maybe I shouldn’t have done it… Too late now!”

His Instagram games: “I don’t know why it’s become such a big deal, but I go through these phases where, honestly, I get addicted. It’s a weird power.”

Does he “selfie” out of loneliness? “I’m not lonely…I have people around me all the time. It’s just that as a performer, you get used to interactions with attention and interactions with audiences, so it feels like an audience that’s both private and large at the same time–intimate and wide-reaching–which is very seductive. And there are positive things that come out of my relationship with it, and negative things. I get pulled into these things and, if I look back on my relationship with Instagram, or Twitter, or whatever, I find that I push certain boundaries to see what kind of reaction I’ll get and then inevitably I go too far. It’s ironic to me because what takes it too far I find, in some realms, not to be racy at all.”

What about his half-nekkid selfie? “Look at any f—ing ad! Look at the f—ing Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue! Up there on a f—ing billboard! Is it because it’s in my own bathroom? Don’t worry, I’m not going to do any more of those.”

[From Daily Beast]

I still wonder what Franco was thinking with these ridiculous selfies. Someday he will claim that it was all performance art, but I think he just craves the attention. Maybe he feels isolated in NYC and has nothing better to do. Maybe he thinks a few more people will watch Palo Alto (he’s wrong) if they have seen close-up shots of his hairy man nips. Maybe this is how an artist gets some action. He once admitted to being addicted to Twitter. Now he’s admitted to E! Online that he posted a same-sex selfie with Keegan Allen to “blow up Twitter.” Franco is a mess waiting to happen.

Criticism does bother Franco immensely even though he pretends not to care. He’s flat-out lying about not reading his own reviews. He thinks we’re dumb enough to believe he only read that NYT review. Of course he criticizes the writer by saying, “It just felt like a poorly-written review; a poorly-considered review.” Franco can’t fathom being less than stellar at anything he does. Even when it comes to poorly-considered selfies.

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  1. Jen says:

    He’s as bad as the Kardashians. But more disgusting.

    • reddy says:

      He’s giving some strong shia laboef vibes aswell. Next thing will be showing up with a paper bag over his head and a deep message written on it. so that no stupid critic will ever pick on him because he’s famous! Tell ‘em, Franco!

  2. mimif says:

    *grabs popcorn erm mimosa and waits for Kiddo*

    • QQ says:

      This is Your Time to shine!! (I already followed you in IG waiting with baited breath!)

      Also- This Motherfucker is clammy and Jaundiced looking as fuck

      • mimif says:

        Lol QQ, that was a one off yesterday, so don’t hold your breath too long. :)
        Yeah he looks ill, manic and obviously suffering from extreme narcissism. Shit. Don’t let me start feeling bad for him because he’s such an easy target!

      • Kiddo says:

        Back off bitches, I know you’re just jealous, haters gonna hate, and miscellaneous other cliches that I can’t think of off hand. But I will, damn it, I will.

      • eliza says:

        Lolololololololol. Post of the day about clammy and jaundiced. Hahahaha!

      • kri says:

        Don’t worry, Adam Levine is on his way to JF right now, so that they can team up and dazzle us with more IG nightmares. And you are right-he looks like a bottle of jack, 2 packs a day, and several lines sweaty.

    • Kiddo says:

      A lot of Zack Braff-iness there, but he luvs me. I saw it in his eyes.

      • mimif says:

        No amount of explaining last night could make the bf understand why there were various Franco selfies on his desktop…

      • Kiddo says:

        OH, You in trouble! At least there were no Fabio pix. BF would have dialed 911 for an involuntary commitment on that.

  3. “When you looked out in those audiences at early Beatles concerts, what did you see? F—ing teen girls!”

    Oooooh so that’s why he took the part.

  4. spanky says:

    I need to stop seeing that photo….. I have run out of brain bleach

  5. HappyMom says:


  6. Kali says:

    Ugh. Keep some goddamn pants on and put the f*cking phone down. Jesus Christ, it’s not that hard.

    Just an FYI – If anyone wants to see a Franco be awesome, Dave Franco is hilarious in “Bad Neighbours”.

    • Izzy says:

      He was also pretty good in Now You See Me – an excellent movie, BTW. The musical score was so good I downloaded it to my iPod.

  7. Abbott says:

    We are looking at different photos, Franco. Keep your wookie bewbs off the internet.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    He gets pulled into the selfie urge because he is a raging narcissist.

  9. Patricia says:

    Did he really compare himself to the Beatles?! Haaaaaahahaha. Oh Franco. He’s so up his own ass that I actually find it amusing. The dude is a born entertainer, just not the kind he thinks of himself as.

  10. Dani2 says:

    Ugh, he’s definitely one of those really obnoxious selfie takers.

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    I’m more interested in the wall color of rooms in these pics. Would one say the bedroom wall color is a banana yellow? Or maybe a mustard?

  12. allons-y alonso says:

    An arty haiku on Franco – because regular poetry just won’t cut it.

    you’re pretentious
    no-one wants to hear you talk
    please, shut the f**K up


  13. paola says:

    This dude is creepy. And I’m not even laughing.

    • Her Indoors says:

      This. Raging Narc. Interesting quote re his young fanbase. Maybe the older and wiser amongst us see right through your faux persona right through to the creepy douche underneath.

    • Nicolette says:

      And getting creepier by the day. He’s beginning to make my skin crawl.

  14. eliza says:

    Why do adults feel the need to do “selfies”?

  15. MonicaQ says:

    I *just* made an instagram. So far all I see is people posting pictures of the beach and food and #nomakeup. Ok? This is the thing now?

    • Kellie says:

      I just joined to, and started following all my barn friends, so I’m just getting lots of horse pictures. lol

  16. lucy2 says:

    “Don’t worry, I’m not going to do any more of those.” And the world breathes a sigh of relief.

    Seriously, he has some issues – the level of his need for attention and praise is really odd.

  17. poppy says:

    what is not seductive? his talking, his pictures, his everything.
    the new yorker ripped his performance far worse than the NYT. they ripped the play as well but especially him.

    you know he reads EVERYTHING about himself. hi james!

  18. Naye in VA says:

    Honestly, he seems really sad. So sad that he’s ventured into creepy. He saud “Im not lonely…I’m surrounded by people” Where are those people stopping his from taking selfies?! I think he’s got some trouble going on with him.

  19. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.


    And seriously–why is it that the fameho celebs (for the most part) are the only ones who post half naked selfies. I mean–I want to see some fresh Ewan McGregor kilt pics……and of course, mah husband. If Liam ever got a FB, twitter, or IG, I WOULD become a demented fangirl and you’d all think I went crazy….I’d be like that chick who traveled thousands of miles to try to catch a glimpse of Prince William/Harry….

  20. Miss M says:

    Franco, I am sorry, but you need to stop trying to get my attention. You won’t go back to my fave HW douches’ list. Take care of yourself and move on. :)

  21. Jennifer says:

    What happened??!! He used to be so cute an adorable and now he seems so sad, lonely, and desperate.

  22. Nighty says:

    Ok, I need bleach for my brains, really, lots and lots of bleach… where the hell does he have his hand in 2 of pics… OH God… BLEACH!!!

  23. shellybean says:

    He is so gross, and he looks high in all of his instagram pics. Any grown man who takes selfies constantly, and bedroom selfies especially, has an immediate yuck factor. YUCK.

  24. Ashley says:

    Smh at him putting himself on the same level as Denzel and Ian.

  25. phlyfiremama says:

    “HELP. Somebody, please HELP ME” ~ James Franco

  26. EleanorRigby says:

    Talk about throwing it all away, he’s made himself into a joke. He seems stoned 24/7 and he looks more and more unhealthy every day. Not good.

  27. Giselle says:

    oh james, just because you have people around you all the time doesn’t mean you’re not lonely :(

  28. Sandra says:

    Sad what he’s becoming. He had a pretty good image for awhile as a talented actor. I wonder what’s going on with him?

  29. Dizzle says:

    He kinda looks like a filthy Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  30. reid10 says:

    He’s treading into Shea LeBouf territory with these shenanigans….

  31. catnip says:

    Throw a red wig on the guy and he’s LILO. Same MO, Same self obsession.

  32. mytbean says:

    (hanging head) I dated a guy like Franco for about six months.

    It’s weird because it’s like they went to the same school of thought and action. He was one of those people that just dumped everything in a pile at your feet, “here I am, dirty laundry and all, take it or leave it”. At first it was amazing because he was just so raw and real. But it was kind of exhausting and scary trying to keep up with someone so completely uninhibited.

    My ex also loved to send racy nudes that progressively grew more and more ex-rated and after a point they had that Terry Richardson, self-victimization feel to them that left me feeling kinda skeevy if not a little confused at what would compel a person to be so… whatever that is…