The honeymoon is over. For quite awhile there, I was hanging out in the Admiration stage of the Lifecycle of Emotional Reactions to James Franco, thanks to his hilarious, balls-to-the-wall performance in “Spring Breakers.” Then I went to Francofest in New York City and saw James’ “documentary” “Francophrenia,” which was beyond abysmal and pretentious; yet he, in the Q&A afterward, really tried to act like it was some sort of high art and I found myself thrust into the Annoyance Phase. But I wasn’t there long. I am now firmly camped out in the Abhorrence Phase for the foreseeable future, because I am revolted by Franco’s recent comments denying that he slept with Lindsay Lohan.
To recap: a few weeks ago, In Touch published a photo of a list, allegedly written by Lindsay Lohan, naming her various celebrity sexual conquests. The 36 sexual partners included Jared Leto, Adam Levine, Colin Farrell, Justin Timberlake and, yes, James Franco. So far, Lindsay has not commented on the leaked list — though she is supposedly going to discuss it on “Ellen” – nor have any of the dudes on it … except James Franco. “Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she’s-slept-with list!” James declared to a reporter at an event promoting his poetry book this week. Last year, Franco told Howard Stern that he did not bed Lohan, explaining, “I mean, I don’t want to brag about it. I don’t know how that got out. She was having issues even then, so you feel weird. Honestly, she was a friend. I’ve met a lot of people that are troubled and sometimes you don’t want to do that.”
Whether or not Franco and Lohan slept together is actually pretty irrelevant, although I think he’s a Liar McLiarpants and totally fucked her. But whatever. What’s bothersome to me is that Franco has chosen to call Lindsay a liar because his name appears on a list that was leaked to the press, when he himself claimed to have had sex with her in the movie “This Is The End.” In the movie, a bunch of celebs — including the movie’s stars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson — are all at a party at Franco’s house when disaster strikes and the world appears to be, well, ending. At some point in the film, Franco, who plays himself, jokes, “I fucked Lindsay Lohan at the Chateau Marmont. She kept knocking on my door, she was high. She kept calling me Jake Gyllenhaal. I said just call me your prince of Persia.”'
In other words, James Franco is totally okay with saying that he fucked a “high” Lindsay Lohan, his “friend,” in a movie, which not only makes her the butt of a kind of shitty joke but also contributes to their possible coupling being the subject of gossip and speculation. Did they or didn’t they? According to James Franco in “This Is The End,” they did. So really, James, you don’t know “how that got out?” Maybe it’s because YOU SAID you fucked her in a movie!
And now, according to ESTEEMED POET James Franco, Lindsay is a liar for including him on her sex list. Why not just ignore the story? Franco is one of 32 men — many of whom are way more famous than he is, or are in long-term relationships and perhaps have more to lose if, say, a girlfriend thought they had cheated with the star — who are named on the list. Why choose to say anything? It seems to me that Franco used the story, and his denial of it, as an opportunity to drum up more publicity (just as he used joking about fucking her for cheap laughs). A random blog post about James Franco’s poetry book is about as exciting as having a mole removed, but a blog post about James Franco denying he fucked Lindsay Lohan (at his poetry book release)? Now that might actually have some legs. So much for being a friend.