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James Franco Is Easy on the Eyes but Hard on Himself

James Franco dove right into his latest photo shoot, getting sexy and soaking wet for the September issue of GQ. His comedic performance in Pineapple Express opened to decent reviews, a welcome change of pace for James, who has struggled in his career in the past. In the article, he gets serious about his method acting, his bad reputation, and why everyone just wants to get high with him. Here are highlights:

  • On making bad movies: “I put a lot of time into it. I wanted to be the best actor that I could be. It’s just sad for me, because I know I worked so hard, and I just feel like in some ways I kind of blew it. It’s just hard to get away from what I see as the stain of these bad movies.”
  • On why he didn't get along with some of his Freaks and Geeks costars: “I’ll admit I was not a team player. A lot of it, I think, just had to do with being obnoxious when the camera was on someone else. Maybe I’d eat a banana in the background that would take focus away from other actors. I didn’t think about it that way, but now I could say, ‘Look, the scene’s not about me, it’s about them, just chill out, James. Don’t eat a f*cking banana.’”
  • On how people have responded to Pineapple Express: “Already, I have had people come up to me in cafés and say, ‘Hey, you’re James Franco, right? Hey, I can’t get hold of my guy—do you know where I can buy some good weed?’ Even in class I’ve had someone come up to me and be, ‘Hey! What’s up, man?’ and give me a handshake and palm me a little bag of weed. I haven’t done drugs, I haven’t even smoked pot, since high school.”

To see what else James had to say about locking lips with Sean Penn, just


  • On kissing Sean Penn for the upcoming movie Milk: “It wasn’t twelve hours, but it certainly felt like it. The first kiss of the movie was out on Haight Street, with, like, 200 people watching, outside. It was a crane shot—I’m sure in the end it will be a really cool shot, but it starts close and then it takes maybe a minute. That’s a long time on film with everybody watching and, like, a fake mustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn’t help thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m kissing Spicoli.’ ”

James's string of bad movies is clearly something that haunts him a bit, but maybe the success of Pineapple Express can help him lighten up.

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nicbaby nicbaby 8 years
He's so handsome.
alxxxmx alxxxmx 8 years
i want myself a james franco.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Also, he was so adorable in Tristan and Isolde, even if no one not into opera ever saw that...
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I always thought he was SO sexy. And he's so intelligent, that it makes him even sexier. I read in Rolling Stone he's going to France to learn the language and hang out with some artist. Sounds pretty cool.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
hmmm...i wonder which bad movies he's referring to. i guess it's time!
jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
does he like girls?
kellylouise kellylouise 8 years
He is fantastic. Great sense of humour, intelligent.. I love him.
Dianna Dianna 8 years
I don't see WHY people compare James to Heath Ledger. They look nothing alike! Ok - they both have brown eyes but that's it! Heath has an accent, different hair, different facial structure, etc. (I guess all I can see is FRANCO becuz I've never been interested in Ledger but R.I.P.) I LOVE the photo of Franco WET & sitting down staring into the camera!! I'M SPEECHLESS on that one!!
redtigerlily8 redtigerlily8 8 years
YUM. I'm literally drooling on my keyboard.
zeze zeze 8 years
He reminds me of Heath Ledger, not in looks, but in overall package.
psangel psangel 8 years
Let me correct myself SEXY!!
psangel psangel 8 years
He is sezy and smart!! MMM YUM!!
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
he is so hot and funny!! I love him!
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
He is delicious, I loved him in Pineapple Express and am happy that he's found his niche.
asarwan asarwan 8 years
I think he's so friggin HOT!
yadiet yadiet 8 years
ooohhh lala!! Yummo!!!
serasvictoria serasvictoria 8 years
shafiii shafiii 8 years
oh how i love james franco !
Emma412 Emma412 8 years
looking good
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Have you seen his guesting on Letterman? He was hilarious! And oh so cute ;)
ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 8 years
Guuuh Love him. "just chill out, James. Don’t eat a f*cking banana." LOL. I think it's funny he mentioned it, because I did notice while watching F&G that a lot of the time he would be doing something even when the focus wasn't supposed to be on him. I never really thought of it as a *bad* thing though. On the other hand, I do see how it could take away from the people in the foreground.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 8 years
Comparable to wasabi. "I haven’t done drugs, I haven’t even smoked pot" ... the since high school part killed it man!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
He's adorable! I even liked him in Tristan and Isolde!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Gorgeous man and seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
uhhhlexis uhhhlexis 8 years
freaks and geeks is one of my all-time favorite shows and he was hilaaaarious in pineapple express! to learn that him and seth weren't high while they were filming this is ridiculous... an amazing portrayal. what a great actor. he deserves all the success he gets!
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