For His Latest Career Move, James Franco Calls the NYTimes Theater Critic a 'Little Bitch'
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For His Latest Career Move, James Franco Calls the NYTimes Theater Critic a 'Little Bitch'

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | April 17, 2014 | Comments ()

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The now deleted jab is in response to Ben Brantley’s review of the stage production of Of Mice and Men, in which Brantley’s assessment of Franco’s performance is not so kind, calling the performance “monolithic” and suggesting he’s “understated to the point of invisibility.” Also, there’s this pull quote.

“Though Mr. Franco musters a single, perfect tear for the play’s tragic climax, I only came close to shedding one. That was in the first act, when a dog (a real one) is led offstage to be shot because it stinks. That dog seemed to have true fear and bewilderment in its eyes. It felt, well, human, in a way none of the people did, and my heart sank when I knew it wouldn’t be coming back.”


Oh well, at least James Franco has his teenage girl fans … oh, nevermind.

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  • But WHY HASN'T ANYONE TAKEN HIM TO TASK FOR TROLLING A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL!?!?!??! Seriously? Why the fuck is this guy getting away with that shit? You don't just suddenly see a 17 year old girl and say to yourself, "You know, I normally go with of-age women, but I'm willing to lower the age standards for THIS ONE." What the holy fuck?

  • annie

    I just saw this show today, and any tears shed were all due to Chris O'Dowd's fantastic performance. My friend just kept asking how James Franco is famous and successful when he's so blah and void of presence and charisma in this play. What a self-important bitch.

  • Jezzer

    How many of these little shitnuggets about Franco have to come out before people finally admit he's nothing but douchebags all the way down?

  • The important context here is that the production received positive reviews across the board, especially for acting and direction, except for Ben Brantley's review. Brantley's review also claims that the role of Lenny in Of Mice and Men is easy to get right and he dedicated a good chunk of time to talking about Leighton Meester's body instead of her performance. In other words, a hacky review that could have been written without actually seeing the play.

  • Esme S

    Not true at all about "positive reviews across the board"--did you read them? Reviews were mixed at best, and the LA Times critic was even harsher than Brantley, in my opinion. Any actor will tell you that the role of Lenny IS easy to get right--just be a big guy and look/act stupid. George is most definitely the tougher role and the star turn. Brantley DOES comment on Meester's performance (she's "not embarrassing") and only mentions her stick thinness to show that she doesn't have the voluptuous body type that Steinbeck, describing a vixen in the 30s, probably would have. Not a hacky review at all, and he doesn't outright trash Franco (although he may be pissed about the "Yosemite Sam accent" comment). As someone who saw the show, I came away with the same reaction as Brantley expresses. Not everyone is suited for stage acting, and Franco proves that he's not. He's a great big baby.

  • kirbyjay

    It's Squiggy who's the real acting challenge.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    If that was the case, then Franco's rant seems even more petty. He's gotten rave reviews, but isn't content with that. He must go after the one dissenter with vaguely homophobic tweets.
    Why not just ignore Brantley if he's really that universally loathed in the industry? Or at least, if you must address it, say something akin to what you wrote above? "Little bitch" doesn't exactly make me think 'what a well-reasoned response!'

  • Franco is, at times, in danger of disappearing up his own ass.

  • e jerry powell

    In which case he becomes a cosmic singularity, and Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't deserve that.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    At this point he seems pretty firmly entrenched.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Hmm...I haven't seen the production, but I must say, I really appreciated Brantley's venomous pull quote. A well worded barb is worth a thousand actors screaming "little bitch" to the heavens while clutching the NY Times.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hi, honey.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Even though it's been hard to comment lately, I can always count on my Pajibans for some much needed snark in my day.

  • John W

    By theater community does he mean people who have received bad reviews?

  • Mrs. Julien

    How spectacularly unprofessional of him.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm just sad the Post review wasn't by Reidel.

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