James Franco works a 1970s velvet suit in Venice: hot or weird?

James Franco

James Franco is a busy little bee on the festival circuit. He attended TIFF and Venice to premiere his adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (that title is what I think about Franco. He shouts metaphorically and signifies nothing). These photos are from Venice where Franco walked the red carpet in an open-breasted, velvet suit from the 1970s. He shaved his head on Instagram last week, and here are the results. Franco also has a faux tattoo on the back of his head in the shape of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

James Franco, stuntqueen.

James Franco

What’s going on? James used the Venice red carpet to shoot a scene for another movie that he’s directing, Zeroville. The film is all about a movie-obsessed dude who navigates through Hollywood in the ’70s and ’80s. James’ character shows up looking like this at Venice. James wants to premiere Zeroville at Venice next year. This is so meta that the entire world is curling in on itself as we speak.

Franco did a lot of press at these festivals. He spoke with the Hollywood Reporter why he’s doing a million projects at once: “It seems like my behavior shows that for some reason I’m worried about running out of time. The need to do all these things now is less motivated by a fear that I won’t get everything done. I just feel like being creative and doing creative things is the best way to live.” James also said Pineapple Express is the movie that has influenced his life the most. Interesting.

Franco and Scott Haze also sat down with The Daily Beast to clarify the male roommate story. Franco never needed to say anything else on the topic, but he says he and Scott lived together all summer. They had six other roommates too. They’re not sleeping together. It’s none of our business, really. Haze raved about how Franco “killed” the Benjy role in The Sound and the Fury. We shall see.

Here’s more of Franco strutting his meta-stuff in Venice. The beanie pics are from TIFF.

James Franco

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. Kiddo says:


  2. Anguishedcorn says:

    Weird. Very weird.

  3. GiGi says:

    Hand to god, I love a smarmy guy. I so would anyway, but ESPECIALLY in this outfit.

    • TQB says:

      You and I have a serious Friday night to plan, in pursuit of The Smarm.

      • GiGi says:

        It’s terrible. I always tell my husband he never needs to worry about me leaving him for a high powered, successful business man… the biker or the mechanic, however… I make no promises, lol!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Lol. Kudos to you for owning it Gigi.

  4. kri says:

    The first time I ever saw him was when he starred in that TV bio about James Dean. I thought he was so beautiful. With the skeevy crap he has pulled and his “I’m not an artist, I’m THE ARTISTE of all time” schtick, all I want to do is look away.

    • Sea Dragon says:

      YES. The first time I saw him was in a movie where he had long hair and there was a prettyl girl and a cave and I don’t think he said much but omg I thought he was the most beautiful thing ever! Since then, outside of his Kanye parody, everything he’s about seems fraudulent.
      Btw, I tried identifying the role but IMDB has 100 acting credits listed so I’m not taking the time.

  5. BendyWindy says:

    If he buttoned the white shirt a few more buttons, I’d have to say hott, even against my better judgement. I’m a sucker for a bald head.

  6. Sumodo1 says:

    Nice post. However: Montgomery CLIFT.

  7. Sea Dragon says:

    There’s absolutely nothing I like about this man. He’s pretentious, skeevy, a poser and this article didn’t do him any favors. ::gross chill down spine::

  8. TheCountess says:

    Time for this one to go away. He and Beyonce should have a Stunt Queen-Off.

  9. LaurieH says:

    Okay, this is a totally unfair thing to say because I don’t know James Franco personally, but….. He is the type of guy who, if I were to sit down and have a drink with him, I’d roll my eyes, get up and excuse myself with the lame excuse that I was just hit with a viscious bout of IBS. Russell Brand is in that list too. And Kanye West. And a bunch of other self-indulgent know-nothings that literally drive me up the wall.

  10. PunkyMomma says:

    Is he channeling his inner Telly Salavas? If so, epic fail, Franco, epic fail.

  11. db says:

    I guess this is his Pitbull look

  12. mommak918 says:

    gross poser with small feet. I like bald men but he looks…stupid. I wanna deflate his ego.

  13. I Choose Me says:

    I actually thinks he looks kinda hot with teh bald head and the moustache. *Gulp*

  14. Longhorn says:

    Hee hee hee. He cracks me up. He’s like a cartoon character. He just needs a side kick like Scooby Doo.

  15. Lis says:

    I used to like him but why has he been acting so douchey lately?

  16. Ice Queen says:


  17. Publicity says:

    He’s the king of sleaze, poor hygiene, and pseudo-intellectual “art.” Being weird and random isn’t art, James Franco. Apparently the “serious” art world thinks he’s a joke.