Cover Boy: James Franco for Details Magazine

Posted on March 13, 2013

Here is your Boy for the day, kittens.



James Franco covers the March 2013 issue of Details magazine photographed by Mark Seliger.

On criticism: “All you have is what you work on and how hard you work on it. As far as the results or the reception, it’s out of your hands. That’s something I really had to come to understand.”

On his career: “I’d become incredibly frustrated staying in the lines of my job description as an actor. I was making it hard, not only on everyone else, but on myself as well.”


They clearly Photoshopped all the grime off him.

Ooooooh! We’re bitches, darlings!

Anyone who’s seen the Oz movie is encouraged to weigh in. We wanted to see it, but then we heard a lot of noise about how terrible he is in it.


[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for Details]

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  • Annabelle Archer

    No thank you.

    • Rand Ortega


  • lexilexi

    He certainly looks better than he did the last few posts… and he’s one person who looks better when he doesn’t smile.

    • H2olovngrl

      He didn’t used to look better unsmiling. He has a big wide grin when he employs it. Back in the day, that was one of the things he was especially known for.

  • Brian @ PWYJudges

    That cover is the best he’s looked in some time. As for Oz, you were smart to avoid it. Bad bad bad.

    • Sobaika

      The movie looked like it could go either way, but the reviews I heard were positively skewering.

    • aeb1986

      It seems like he was better cast for his role in Spring Breakers

    • emily

       I saw it. He’s mighty pretty in it but other than that, it was okay, not painful but definitely not good.

    • Fifi LaRoux

       I thought the movie was good. The special effects were fantastic. I think with the acting they were trying to capture the essence of Wizard of Oz, and sometimes the actors came off kind of bad. I think that was the director, not the actors.

      • Carly Warnock

        Agreed about the director. Some scenes made you cringe a bit but overall it was a good movie I thought.

  • ThisMeredithianLife

    Such an obvious photoshop job on a man, I’ve never seen before. 

  • altalinda

    Guess they didn’t have a big budget for this shoot.  “Nope, just one outfit for you, Mr. Franco.  We’re saving our bucks to photoshop in the sea.”
    My beloved insists she wants to see Oz, so I will report back….

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I heard it’s a terrible movie in general. 

    They photoshopped testosterone on him as well. Putz.

    • Little_Olive

      “They photoshopped testosterone on him as well. Putz.”
      Yes. Thank you. 

      Oh, and ew. 

  • StellaZafella

    70’s porn dud…er, stud.

  • DinaSews

    I saw the movie.  I had heard that they were thinking of casting Robert Downey Jr, so I kept imagining the life he would have brought to the character.  One reviewer said that Franco seemed ‘bored’ throughout the movie.  That’s an apt description.  The story and 3D effects were wonderful though.

    • Shannon Stewart

       Actually, RDJ was supposed to play Oz — he was committed but had to back out because of his franchise work.  I LOVED the Wizard of Oz, so I was psyched for this, but I couldn’t work up any enthusiasm after RDJ backed out.

      • DinaSews

        Being a huge Wizard of Oz fan myself, make sure you see it when it comes out on DVD.  It’s an interesting story.

        • oohsparkley!

          The preview in 3D looked great. I might have to try it anyway.

    • CallMeJane

       I heard that Mila Kunis said during an interview that the script was so good that she didn’t need to do any prep work.  It shows.  She stood around posing through the whole thing.  Between her posing and Franco’s lackluster performance, they almost ruined a brilliant story.  I can’t imagine why Raimi let them get away with that… unless acting against a green screen made it difficult to see how bad it was.  I’m making excuses. 

      • RoxieRider

        I felt like Mila Kunis was giving it a good college try, but bless her heart, she was sorely unequal to the task. Rachel Weisz, on the other hand, was magnificent, as was Michelle Williams. I liked the movie a great deal more than I expected, despite the less-than-stellar acting from Kunis, and Mellow Mr. Franco too. I was prepared for a good 65% more desecration, of both book and movie. The story was great, and it was a treat to see some other tales from the Oz canon.

    • MK03

      “One reviewer said that Franco seemed ‘bored’ throughout the movie.” 

      But to be fair, that’s how he always seems. That and stoned.

      • Frank Butterfield

        I think in the vein of:

        “You look tired” means “you look old.” And “you look rested” means “you’ve had collagen.”

        “You look bored” means “you’re obviously stoned.”

  • Jessica Rowe

    yeah, I’m passing on that movie. And I’m a nerd who will watch anything.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    His performance is best not described or discussed. And if only he could have photoshop clean him up every time he leaves the house, things would be much improved.

    I just get the sense, trying to be fair, here, that he is someone who, regardless of talent, really should not be in the entertainment industry.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Ahhh, crap!  My sister warned me that the reviews weren’t good, and I’m a huge Oz fan, so this makes me sad.  And now I’m also hearing from TLo and the BKs that it’s not good.  Oh, well – looks like it’ll be a rental it On Demand!

      As for James – clean, groomed.  He’s miles ahead of himself!

      • Amelia Logan

        It wasn’t that bad. But it doesn’t touch the gold that is the Wizard of Oz.

    • alyce1213

      Where else would he act out?  He could be dangerous without a show biz forum.

    • Heather

      Agree with Alyce that there doesn’t seem to be any other place for him. I’m an academic and while I’ve had plenty of other jobs, I have some colleagues who couldn’t function in any other context. I think JF is the same with the entertainment industry. The Brown Bunny guy is the same.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        I love James Franco and Vincent Gallo as well.  The entertainment industry would do well to have more people like them, imho.

  • Krysta

    That is a very strange goatee-thing.  It’s so wide at the outer corners of his mouth it looks like a handlebar mustache.

  • kaycem

    he’s super duper terrible in it … and by that i mean worse than usual.  i heard the part was supposed to go to rdj, and although i’m a little over him playing the cad (thanks, sherlock and iron man/avengers), he’d at least manage to be lovable throughout.  the whole first half of the film basically relies on him carrying it, and i don’t think it’s any coincidence that’s also the most boring part of the flick.

  • krelnick

    I think he’s a good actor (within his range) but he comes across as such a jackhole and I’ll bet he smells like a sweaty watch band.  These pictures look like they were taken with an iPhone.

    • RebeccaKW

       “sweaty watch band”  ~SNORT~

      Thank you.

    • Sobaika

      I think there is a smidge of talent there too, I’ve really enjoyed him in certain roles. That might be my Freaks & Geeks love showing? 

      At any rate, I haven’t seen this movie so I can’t comment on how/good bad he is there, but it’s not his acting that bothers most. It’s the odious waft of Eau de Douchebag.

    • charlotte

      This is so awful, I’m sure iPhones take better pictures…

  • alyce1213

    That was my first thought — that they scrubbed him.
    He looks . . . good.  Normal.  Is it photoshop?
    (I can’t believe I said that about the king of the douche bags.)

    A friend whose opinion I value saw Oz and said he was not good, miscast, but — worth seeing for the 3D (if you go for that), the production values and the witches.

  • Little_Olive

    But photoshop takes care of the external grime only. 

  • Violina23

    I’m gonna skip this one and maybe beg my husband to take me to go see “Wicked” again (Broadway nerd alert!)

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Now that sounds like an awesome plan!  I’ve tried begging my boyfriend to take me again, but he was like, “Nooo, I took you once already!”, LOL!

  • CallMeJane

    Oz is brilliantly conceived but poorly executed.  The acting is HORRIBLE.  The effects are amazing.  The story is ingenious. Did I mention the acting is HORRIBLE?  I didn’t think it was bad enough to warn people to stay away, but I can’t wholeheartedly get behind it either.  If you are going to pay to see it, go all the way and go for 3D – the effects are really amazing.  You may be less disappointed in the acting if you are dazzled by the beauty. 

    I swear at one point I thought James Franco was doing a Johnny Depp impersonation and after that it’s all I could see.

    • Tatiana Luján

      How was Rachel Weisz’s acting? I love her.

      • Billie_Dawn

         I love her too, and I do think she’s the best out of the main four actors, but in the way that the common cold is better than the flu, pneumonia, and the plague. It’s a shockingly bad group of performances.

        • Tatiana Luján

          Oh! So sorry to hear that.

      • CallMeJane

        Rachel Weisz was fine. Not as bad as the rest. There has been some talk about why she had a British accent when her sister did not… when no one else in the film had an accent. But generally she was inoffensive. I like her too. She deserved a better surrounding cast.

    • Sara Munoz Munoz

      Oh, yes. I’ve said it before. Franco is trying to shortcut his way into being Johnny Depp. Not gonna happen!

      • Derek_anny

        I’d figured he was going for fat Brando.

  • MilaXX

    I like the cover shot, but not the other photo. All the reviews I read about Oz say that it’s visually good, but Franco was horribly miscast. 

  • Jangle57

    Oh god, he was AWFUL in the movie!  I came out of it and said, that could have been really good if they had Johnny Depp or Robert Downey JR as Oz.  But Franco?  He came across as way too bland to be a con man, which is what Oz was at the end of the day.  He pretty much ruined the movie for me.

    • Little_Olive

      Oh no, please no more Johnny Depp in another fantasy-world movie.

      • MilaXX

         And please, especially no more Depp/Burton collaborations.

        • MK03

          Especially since we have Tim Burton to blame for the recent glut of crappy fairy tale movies. Thanks, Timmy.

    • RebeccaKW

       I haven’t seen it, but that was my thought when I heard he was the wizard.  He doesn’t have the charisma and charm to be a showman, a con man, a snake oil salesman.  He can sell you some weed, but that’s about it.

      • Sobaika

        I would not buy weed from such a sketchy weirdo.

        • Heather

          Me neither!! :-)

      • SerpentsDance

        He reminds me of the weird kid I knew as a teenager who would ask me to sniff him to see if he smelled like pot. He didn’t want his Mom to know he smoked, and since I didn’t smoke it he figured I’d be able to tell if he smelled funny.

        I always declined to smell him.

  • kimmeister

    This particular kind of facial hair makes him look suuuuuper skeevy.  He looks like he’s trying the channel Johnny Depp in the 2nd shot.

  • frederieke

    Every time I see him I just want to kick him in the nuts.

  • StelledelMare

    I’d say see it for the visuals and the story but in my opinion Michelle Williams was the only one who really played her role well. Everyone else could’ve done so much better but they just didn’t for whatever reason. I’d definitely say he was miscast. So overall wait for the DVD.

  • Rand Ortega

    I simply can’t w/ this person. He’s a pox on the craft of acting &
    the incredibly hard work of 97% of the craftspeople who comprise the
    entertainment industry. That movie made $80M in a weekend because of
    that 97% but Franco & his handlers will take all of the credit &
    continue to make crap on their backs. It makes me cray.
    Sorry about the rant, TLo , BK’s & PUF’s.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    He looks better than usual, but most people do with professional hair, makeup and styling. 

    Note the use of most.

    After hearing feedback on it, I’ll wait to rent Oz.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Wow – they actually photoshopped in Johnny Depp’s eyes from the 80s. From the nose up he’s Officer Tom Hanson. From the nose down he’s the Village People construction worker.

  • Danielle Lisle

    Much improved, but I can’t with that goatee.

  • Gabriella M

    “They clearly Photoshopped all the grime off him.” Haha I was just thinking how he looked photoshopped. I swear they blurred the crap out of his shirts. He looks so… flat.

  • LittleKarnak

    Saw Oz for our girls’ day out movie; he wasn’t that bad. Of course we WERE at the Alamo Drafthouse so beverages were involved….

  • annrr

    I had read that he was “horribly miscast” before I saw the movie and I absolutely agree. He was annoying and not believable. I can’t think of who would have been better tho, maybe an unknown actor. The movie was cute, a little long, but visually appealing. The little monkey was the best part and had some very funny lines. I loved the make-up especially Theodora’s and her outfits, but was a  underwhelmed at Evanora’s and Glinds’s dresses. I think they could have pushed it a little more with their costumes.

  • charlotte

    People who look like they smell, part II. Can this stop now?

  • Jess5628

    Who in their right mind would put a picture of Franco on a cover alongside the headline “Everything you need to look sharp this season”?!? 

  • Caitrin

    didn’t know they were wearing white when fidel and his buddies landed in cuba all those years ago…

  • Patrick Cleary

    He’s absolutely awful in it, but the three women in the movie are terrific. 

  • Trisha26

    He’s awful in the film, he’s smiling or grinning at some inside joke – all the time! If this is his way of “appealing to kids” it’s not working, it’s creepy. And he’s a womanizer – we learn of 3 in Kansas and then the 3 witches in Oz – in a kids’ film this is really icky!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    He’s such a freak.  I love him so much.

  • quiltrx

    He does not ONE thing for me.  He looks like a dirty douchebag who thinks higher of himself than he ought.

    And ye gods, he looks like that shithole John Mayer in that second pic!  Seriously, this is the only way I could think he was grosser…and there it is.


    He is horrid in oz….so out of place and sooooo wrong for the part

  • NurseEllen

    The best thing about that cover is the teaser for “Attention Aging Rockers: Your Hair Looks Ridiculous”.  I’d buy the magazine to read that article; James Franco, on the other hand, would make me pass by without a single look.  He’s a bore in every way.

  • abigail3

    His body looks narrower than usual. Another Photoshop trick? When I saw the Oz preview I told my husband, sometimes Franco is good and sometimes he just phones it in, and it sure looks like he phoned it as Oz. I liked him in that stoner movie with Seth Rogen from a few years ago but he wasn’t really acting I guess–the one where he was nice to his baba!

  • Imasewsure

    I can’t get on the anti-Franco bandwagon here. I think he looks great and I much prefer this to those awkward boxy suits he wears on the RCs Photoshop is strange though

  • calimon

    Oh, the irony of putting him in an all-white outfit!

    I mostly loathe the outfit, except I’d say he looks quite together and un-slouchy, for a much welcomed change.

  • Shawn EH

    Don’t believe the hate-watchers about Oz. They say he seems out of place … because he’s playing a character who is actually out of place. It’d be weirder were he IN place in that setting. What he has to do is convince us he has a heart, which he does by the finale.

  • H2olovngrl

    Now they are just messing with us…

  • H2olovngrl

    Does anyone else see the Dos Equis guy in the second picture? “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do…”

  • Aaminah Khan

    He is SO. SMUG. in Oz. It’s like he just can’t help but be a smarmy douchewaffle no matter what.


    I enjoyed OZ, not as much as i thought I wanted to but enough.  He was not a problem for me, his “out of place” was the character.  The character was literally out of place, in a strange, hard to beieve land.  DUH!  Mila Kunis is fantastic, LOVE HER!  Back to Mr. Franco, he looks great here but then, I am one the very few who finds him very appealing and don’t get satisfaction calling him a “douchebag”, “creepy”, “fat” or any of the other unflattering things flowing freely here……

  • Irina Ryabchuk

    I had a misfortune to read an article on how the director wanted Robert Downey Jr. to play the role before hiring James Franco. It made the movie even worse, wondering constantly how cool it would have been with RDJ instead.

  • butter nut

    is that white denim?  

  • Sara Munoz Munoz

    He should always look this good. It pisses me off that he doesn’t. Photoshop or no, he’s capable of doing this on his own. Dammit.

  • SerpentsDance

    Did the photoshop department not notice that his left eye looks totally wonky in the cover shot?

  • lalagigi

    Bad acting all the way around in the Oz movie….Everyone in my family gave it a big ‘Ehhh’ (with shoulder shrug).

  • Austen Jane

    My 8-year-old boys loves Oz. That may not be condemnation in and of itself, but the adults with them were less entertained. His character is supposed to be an oafish scammer, but his performance made me cringe. There were close ups that should have never. ever. happened. Especially not in 3D. In summary, no.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Even my husband has gone off him.

  • marlie

    Irrational hate. 

  • Monique Jones

    He looks clean. His face looks scrubbed, which is great. 

  • kathryn_dc

    “Miscast” is what I read, which really put a damper on my desire to see the Oz movie.

  • Ashleigh Boutelle

    he’s freakin HOT and you all know it!! :) 

  • Louise Bryan

    RDJr was the first choice.  I suspect it would have been quite a different movie.  Maybe he would be more effective as a second fiddle, as in the Spiderman movies.

  • Pamela

    He cleans up nicely and is quite handsome when he looks like this.  Still, my favorite role of his is the one that kickstarted his career, as James Dean.  Totally stellar acting and very sexy!

  • Carly Warnock

    I liked the new Oz movie. His character is a sleaze bag in it, fits him perfectly. 

  • CeeQ

    Movie overall: 6 to 7 out of 10. I enjoyed it but there were stretches where it dragged on a bit.

    James Franco: serviceable, he had his moments but then he also had some clunkers. 
    Mila Kunis: SHRILL. Girl was not able to work her dark side effectively for this role. 
    Michelle Williams: So sugary sweet I got diabetes and a toothache. 
    Rachel Weisz: killed it, was the best witch out of the three.

    Oh right, this editorial. Meh. The kid is hot but he leaves me cold most of the time.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Franco certainly looks much more comfortable for this photo shoot, I”ll give him that.

  • Julia25

    Comment on the movie if you have seen it, but the personal attacks on Franco are ridiculous. I have met him several different times at art events and seen him at Starbucks and he always looks clean, more handsome in person and has no body odor. Plus, he seems to be a nice guy
    You all really need to grow up.

  • Jen Freeman

    My take on Oz: He is terrible. Very smarmy and insincere. The character is that way as well, which is why he was good for the role, but because he’s naturally smarmy, you don’t believe the character arc that turns him ‘good’ and ‘selfless’. It all still seems like an act. The rest of the movie was decent, Michelle and Mila are great in it. The SFX people got a little too Wonderland for my taste, it doesn’t feel like Oz. And they made Glinda the daughter of the king, which isn’t right as far as ‘canon’ story goes, but that’s my literary nerd talking.

  • pattycupcake

    lookin’ good, james

  • UglyTalents

    James Franco is like that kind of creepy, kind of smelly, possibly semi-homeless but super-charming and inexplicably sexy guy you sort of accidentally-on-purpose had sex with after too much sangria after a party at a friend of a friend’s house and OMG it was the Best. Sex. You. Ever. Had. But you don’t actually ever want to see him again. You know what guy I’m talking about right? Is it just me?

    • librarygrrl64

      Exactly. Nailed it.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Go into Oz expecting it to be completely ridiculous and you will not be let down. It’s a fun movie, but not one that you can take seriously AT ALL.

  • julnyes

    I think I would have been slightly more interested in Oz if RDJ was the main character, but I think I might have still avoided it because the plot doesn’t appeal to me.

  • librarygrrl64

    “All you have is what you work on and how hard you work on it. As far as the results or the reception, it’s out of your hands. That’s something I really had to come to understand.”

    You know, that is one of the best, most honest actor quotes I have read in a while. He’s absolutely right.

  • korilian

    I can’t say I was really interested in seeing a movie that was created on the premise that there’s ‘a tragic shortage in male heroes’. The fact that James Franco is in it isn’t a selling point either.