James Franco was as soon as the James Dean of his era.
In truth, in one of his first breakout roles, Franco earned an Emmy nomination and received a Golden Globe for portraying the ’50s display legend within the 2001 TV biopic “James Dean.”
However 20 years later, the 43-year-old star has fallen from Hollywood heartthrob to catastrophe artist. After a sequence of sexual misconduct allegations towards Franco, even his frequent collaborator Seth Rogen doesn’t need to work with him anymore.
When requested whether or not he would proceed working with Franco, Rogen — who co-starred with Franco in 2008’s “Pineapple Categorical,” 2013’s “This Is the Finish” and 2014’s “The Interview” — advised the UK’s Sunday Occasions that “the reality is that I’ve not and I do not plan to proper now.”
Representatives for Franco did not reply to The Publish’s requests for touch upon this text.
It’s been a protracted fall from grace for Franco in a profession that has veered wildly from the highs of getting a Finest Actor Oscar nomination for 2010’s “127 Hours” to the lows of his cringe-worthy co-hosting gig with Anne Hathaway on the 2011 Academy Awards.
Alongside the way in which, the actor has made greater than his share of bizarre selections, together with a recurring function on the cleaning soap opera “Common Hospital” — enjoying a personality known as Franco, no much less — and a stint as a painter that led New York journal artwork critic Jerry Saltz to write that “at this level, George W. Bush is definitely a greater artist than James Franco.”
As well as to being a screenwriter, Franco penned a ebook of quick tales, “Palo Alto,” which was tailored right into a 2013 film wherein he starred with Emma Roberts. Not content material to direct mere movies, he even turned to dance theater. At one level, he was enrolled in a number of grad-school packages, together with one at Yale.
After getting his massive break within the Judd Apatow sequence “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999 — wherein he co-starred with Rogen — Franco grew to become an authorized film star.
Not solely did he rating blockbusters reminiscent of “Eat Pray Love,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and three “Spider-Man” movies, however he additionally appeared in critically acclaimed films reminiscent of “Milk,” “Spring Breakers” and “The Catastrophe Artist,” for which he received a greatest actor Golden Globe.
And as of one of the most well liked bachelors in Hollywood, Franco dated actresses reminiscent of Marla Sokoloff (TV’s “The Follow) and Ahna O’Reilly (“The Assist”), in addition to British mannequin Agyness Deyn.
However issues started to tarnish for this golden boy in 2014, when, whereas starring in “Of Mice and Males” on Broadway, he took a selfie with a 17-year-old woman outdoors the theater.
After asking her to “tag him” on Instagram, he despatched her a personal message (DM’d her) and supplied to hire a resort room for them.
Then, as soon as the DMs have been made public, Rogen ribbed Franco about it in his monologue whereas internet hosting “Saturday Night time Reside”: “I made a decision to prank James Franco. I posed as a lady on Instagram, advised him I used to be approach younger. He appeared unfazed. I’ve a date to meet him on the Ace Resort.”
Though he admitted to DM’ing the woman, Franco insisted that he was a whole “gentleman” whereas defending himself to Howard Stern: “I’m not going to excessive faculties in search of dates. I’m leaving my work, and so they’re coming there! . . . And look, my fan base is, like, 17-year-old ladies.”
4 years later, in 2018, Franco received dragged once more after he received his Golden Globe for “The Catastrophe Artist.” Following his victory, actress Ally Sheedy, who labored with him on the 2014 play “The Lengthy Shrift,” then tweeted: “James Franco simply received. Please by no means ever ask me why I left the movie/television enterprise” and “Okay wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a desk on @goldenglobes #MeToo.”
Many followers took Sheedy’s tweets to suggest that “The Breakfast Membership” star was accusing Franco of some type of sexual harassment or abuse.
And Sheedy wasn’t the one actress to name Franco out on the 2018 Globes. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former scholar on the actor’s Studio four movie faculty, tweeted: “Hey James Franco, good #timesup pin on the #GoldenGlobes , keep in mind a number of weeks in the past if you advised me the complete nudity you had me do in two of your films for $100/day wasn’t exploitative as a result of I signed a contract to do it? Occasions up on that!”
In the meantime, actress Violet Paley tweeted: “Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Bear in mind the time you pushed my head down in a automotive in the direction of your uncovered penis & that different time you advised my buddy to come to your resort when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a distinct 17 yr outdated?”
After Franco advised Stephen Colbert that the allegations “are not correct,” Tither-Kaplan, Paley and three different girls accused the star of sexual misconduct in an LA Occasions report later in January 2018. The fallout was so swift that the subsequent month Self-importance Honest had Franco digitally faraway from its annual Hollywood situation.
A few of the girls from the Los Angles Occasions report went on to file a sexual harassment lawsuit towards Franco in October 2019. A personal settlement was reached in February 2021, though he maintained his innocence.
However final month, Franco got here beneath fireplace for sexual misconduct once more, this time from comic Charlyne Yi, who posted on Instagram: “After I tried to break authorized contract & stop Catastrophe Artist as a result of James Franco is a sexual predator, [producers, including Rogen] tried to bribe me with an even bigger performing function. I cried and advised them that that was the precise reverse of what I needed, that I didn’t really feel secure working with a f–king sexual predator.”
Yi additionally talked about Rogen’s “SNL” monologue, accusing him of “enabling Franco . . . Proper after Franco was caught.”
Franco has additionally caught warmth from his former “Freaks and Geeks” co-star Busy Philipps. In her 2018 memoir “This Will Solely Damage a Little,” she claimed that Franco — who she describes as a “f – – king bully” — as soon as assaulted her on the set.
As a part of the script, she was instructed to frivolously hit Franco within the chest. Afterwards, she alleged that he blew up and attacked her: “He grabbed each my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’ ” Philipps wrote. “And he threw me to the bottom. Flat on my again. Wind knocked out of me.”
Now the wind has been knocked out of Franco’s profession, with even Rogen abandoning him. The final movie they collaborated on was 2017’s “The Catastrophe Artist,” and the comic advised the Sunday Occasions it’s “not a coincidence” that the 2 are no longer working collectively after the allegations.
“What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I’d by no means cowl or conceal the actions of somebody doing it, or knowingly put somebody in a scenario the place they have been round somebody like that,” Rogen advised the Occasions, including that he regrets his “horrible joke” on “SNL.”
“I can say it, um, , it has modified many issues in our relationship and our dynamic.”