Toying with celebrity
Is James Franco the new Andy Warhol? And yes, you can call him (fake) professor
There have been many announcements by actor James Franco that haven't made much sense — some that make many think his sanity may be in danger. Yet, he continues to determinedly play the artist card.
Much like Andy Warhol, Franco uses fame to make art; point, then laugh at the rest of us who thought Franco would be happy with his Hollywood movie career. May that art be soap operas or posing in an androgynous-like-performance art show, Franco's decisions are one that would make the standard celebrity's PR team balk every time.
Lately, Franco playing the academia card (again): Specifically, the idea that he's going to be teaching a class at Yale. He told Good Morning America "It's in the works. I have a very special class I will be teaching next January."
Franco didn't disclose the subject matter — and Yale itself never confirmed any of this, in fact university officials promptly told the Yale Daily News that it's not happening — which of course, has brought out the Internet critics. There were earlier reports of Franco simply being a teacher's assistant at Yale. But even that turns out to be a stretch.
The Pineapple Express pot-movie actor is continuing his own education at Yale, working toward a Ph.D. in English and Film Studies. In the meantime, Franco stars in this summer's Eat Pray Love and is playing Allen Ginsberg in the bio-pic Howl, which has a fall release.
Of course, his real full-time job is messing with the media. Can't you get a doctorate in that?