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James Franco - "GQ" September 2008

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James Franco takes the September 2008 cover of GQ Magazine as his latest comedy, Pineapple Express, is out in theaters now. Here’s what the 30-year-old actor had to say:

On making a few bad films: “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 way I kind of blew it. It’s just hard to get away from what I see as the stain of these bad movies.”

On not getting along with the cast of Freaks & Geeks: “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—-ing banana.’ ”

On kissing costar Sean Penn in the movie Milk: “The first kiss of the movie was out on Haight Street, with, like, 200 people watching, outside. 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 moustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn’t help but thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m kissing Spicoli.’”

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  • LuckyL

    So much more boyishly hot with curly hair. I am looking forward to “Milk” though.

  • linpin

    YUMMY!!!! He is so gorgeous!! I didn’t think it was possible for him to get any yummier, but GQ did it!! WET…Yeah!

  • mike

    looks good! <3

  • CelebrityFanChat Raph

    I like this guy. He is cool.

  • Abbyyy

    he is so hot!! i love himmm!!

  • Kimiko

    ahh i’ve always thought he was hot! this GQ spread is amazing

  • vickifromtexas


  • Yasmine

    yes indeed… :)

  • gossipgirl


  • stephanie

    I love him.
    So sexy. :)

  • Joyce

    Gorgeous guy, can’t wait to see Pineapple Express.

  • yum

    damn he’s hot!

  • fidel

    Yeah, he always has seemed like a guy that is completely and utterly full of himself.

  • sdnd

    hes hot!!!, he’ll be the kind of guy that will date a girl less attractive than him.

  • Rita

    I love his sense of humour, intelligence, looks etc but wonder why he was being difficult on Freaks and Geeks.. he seems pretty cool

  • LMM

    OUfffffffffffff so hot, one of the hottest …….

  • LMM

    OUfffffffffffff so hot, one of the hottest …….

  • anon

    Oh man, he’s perfect!! Come on Jared, give us more James Franco!!!

  • real deal

    wow..i just read the full article on gq and he’s so…interesting. its cool to see a serious actor for a change, and at least he learned his lessons. it sucks he’s a jerk though..but he’s hot!!

    is he seeing anyone?! i dont think ive ever heard of him dating another actress or anything

  • andré

    james is HOT.

  • fresh

    Interesting article.

  • J

    He reminds me of James Dean, looks a lot like him too. A hottie.

  • Bella

    He looks really really hot in these photos.
    Lovin pic #2 and #3 ;)

  • WelshBoy

    He even played James Dean once.

  • Halli

    Ah my God. This is my boy right here!

  • sparkd

    I’d marry this white man! Gorgeous!

  • victoria

    He is cute, BUT, I hope he has learned from his arrogant and obnoxious behavior…After reading what he did to some cast members when they were shooting, when he did not get his way, that was childish and spoiled sounding. If he has grown from that experience since then, he will become a much better actor and producers and directors will be more open to hire him and work with him . Then his career will take off like he REALLY wants. Better than above.

  • Just to point out the FACTS

    he’s just plain HOT

  • sally

    i loveedd him in pineapple express.

  • Mika

    I never really cared for James but after reading this, I am def. going to be paying more attention to him. He’s smart w/out being smarmy, an intellectual w/out the snobbery – with a sense of subtle humor.

    I loved this email he sent to the interviewer after his piece: ““I felt like we didn’t talk about writing or art as much as I would have liked, as those are what take up most of my life now. But if we didn’t it’s because I closed those subjects because I was uncomfortable about this forum as a place to discuss those things. Who wants to hear an actor talk about books or art? No one. I just hope my interest in those areas, and my dedication to them, was apparent. But I know as an actor I’m not supposed to show interest in anything except charities and the environment. I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m supposed to show interest in. (By the way, we didn’t talk about the work I do with orphans, but that’s OK. Maybe the next article.)” He closes with the words “I am just rambling. Thanks.”
    Five minutes and thirty-seven seconds later, a second e-mail arrives. It reads, in its entirety, “I know I take all this crap too seriously. I should learn from Seth just to take it easy.”

    I seriously suggest you read the GQ article. James is quite a fascinating man….at least I was charmed by him…

    I think James Franco has a big piece of my heart now….SORRY SHIA!!!

  • Halli

    In James defense. If he was still that insecure and arrogant as an actor, he would never admit to this story. Also, Freaks and Geeks was about 10 years ago and he is actually good friends with Judd Apatow. The guy is very low-key.

  • levett

    i wanna have his baby his fawking hot! lol

  • K

    Hot. Hot. Hot.

  • hannie

    he is FYNE :) Ever sence i saw spider-man i took one look at James Franco and he’s been my celebrity crush ever sence, so glad he’s acting still i love him :)

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  • eddie29

    James is the sweeatest actor I have ever seen!

  • armygirl381

    im not into men but ive always said that if i was to ever date one james franco would be my dream guy. if you’ve seen his photos or read up on him you understand why. he is one beautiful man. im glad to see him coimng into the spotlight a little more. ive already seen pineapple express and cant wait to see what he comes out with next:)

  • anonymous

    he is soooo hot but i hope he works out more. i liked his body in that teenage film Whatever It Takes with shane West. he was sooo cute and sexy thre!

  • lalalalalalalala

    He’s So hotttt!!!!

  • Johanne

    Stunning. Amazing. Hot. Sexy. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Just perfection!!!