James Franco for GQ Magazine

Posted on May 17, 2013

World-renowned comedian and funny man James Franco gets the cover slot for GQ’s “Comedy Issue.” Hilarity ensues.


James Franco covers the June 2013 issue of GQ Magazine photographed by Terry Richardson.

“My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it’s fine. I mock it.”


T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers by Gucci. Watch by IWC.

T-shirt by M.Nii. Necklace by Gucci.

T-shirt by DKNY Jeans. Jeans, sneakers, and necklace by Gucci. Watch by IWC.


Actually it’s not a bad editorial at all. At least he’s showing personality and having fun with it, which isn’t something you can say about most guyditorials. Of course, we could be blinded by those guns, which suddenly seem to have erupted in size.


[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for GQ]

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    • BawlmerGurl

      Two things: He’s trying way too hard here and I will never forgive him for his Oscar hosting debacle.

    • Clueless_Jock

      That poor skeleton…. is he doing Hamlet?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678337501 Carla Axtman

        If by “Hamlet” you mean “Franco” then, yeah. And also, ew.

      • maejune87

        “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, felacio”

        • http://www.facebook.com/vlasta.bubinka Vlasta Bubinka

          adds a whole new dimension to “out, out, damned spot!”

        • drdarke

          I keep telling myself he’s just trying to pet the skeleton dog – but yeah, it kind of comes off That Way, doesn’t it?

    • MoHub

      The placement of that dynamite plunger …

      • Little_Olive

        Is exactly right

    • http://twitter.com/Glam_Dixie Glam Dixie

      He looks better than he usually does and he looks like he’s having a blast so there’s that.

      • gabbilevy

        Having a blast… good one.

      • MikeW_Vegas

        I see what you did there.

      • Rebecca Zmarzly

        No bones about it.

    • charlotte

      I’d have preferred a goofy Jon Hamm editorial. Or Adam Scott.
      Basically just someone who is both funny and not James Franco.

    • Yulie29

      Can someone at least teach Terry Richardson how to properly use a flash? Since teaching him good taste is obviously a lost cause.

      • gabbilevy

        I’m constantly amazed that he still gets work. For all of the reasons.

      • charlotte

        I guess we should appreciate the fact that this kept him busy taking pictures of a grown man… because that means less questionable pictures of young girls.

      • StrandedFashionista

        ‘Harpers Bazaar’ is one of the most egregious over-users of him for editorials. In almost every issue there is an editorial shot by him where he magically takes thousands of dollars of the most beautiful clothes and makes it look like cheap stripper-wear.

        • Derek_anny

          How do we campaign for a new popular photographer? I vote Joey L.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monzerrat-Ontiveros/100000216133922 Monzerrat Ontiveros

        haaateee him

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd


    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      No. Always.

    • MilaXX

      Yeah, no. He always reminds me of the guy who thinks he’s funnier than he actually is.

      • Little_Olive

        I love myself a good “yeah,no”. Reminds me of Colin Firth saying its his least favorite word to (the wax figure of) James Lipton.

    • Janet B

      I knew it was Terry Richardson.

      • VioletFem

        Ugh! The most overrated “fashion” photographer ever!

    • alyce1213

      The Douchebag Issue.

      • snarkykitten

        so…every issue of GQ ever?

        • alyce1213

          Yeah, pretty much.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I’m a sucker for all things related to Freaks and Geeks (Favorite love interest on The Mindy Project? Seth Rogen. Number one one the celeb to-do list? Jason Segel, Favorite surprise of Mad Men? Linda Cardellini…) so I may be slightly (ok, more that slightly) biased, but I kinda love this.

      I’m excited for This is the End. (Probably for the same reason stated above)

      • tereliz

        Totally agree on all points. :)

    • tereliz

      I’m so over these overly blown out, white-background editorials. The lack of skill required to capture these shots is just astounding—no worrying about focus, depth of field, shadows—but perhaps Richardson told a saucy joke about underage models that kept Franco laughing during the whole shoot? Maybe I’m being overly critical as a photographic professional, but Franco’s charisma with the camera is the only thing making this work.

    • Danielle

      All I can think of is Liz Lemon in the Dealbreaker/Funniest Woman in NY photo shoot.

      • MK03

        Also Kimiko.

        • Heather

          YES. Probably his best role.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Between James and Ian, my douche cup runneth over.

      • SRQkitten

        Yes, between Ian, James and Terry, it’s douche sausage Friday.


      • http://www.facebook.com/conysoledad Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

        I love your username!

    • hughman

      Sorry, I can’t look at any Terry Richardson shoot with anything but disgust. Aside from how pedestrian his images are, his history of abuse and misogyny automatically disqualifies him from any respect. Getting a BJ from a skeleton? No.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        I automatically think less of anyone who agrees to work with him. Especially if they are established and have the star power to say Hell NO without fear of the “difficult to work with” slanders.

      • Qitkat

        Craig wants Geoffrey back now. He has to send him to the dry cleaners.

      • Monabel

        Yes. And let us remember that a skeleton (if real) is human remains.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          I doubt that skeleton is any more “real” than the dynamite sticks he’s holding up to his head.

          • Monabel

            Regrettably, in the latter case?

          • hughman

            I doubt the skeleton is real either. But the concept remains (to me anyway) of it being the objectified remains of a person. Sorry if I seem so prissy about this but I’ve worked with “A is For” (Martha Plimpton’s organization that fights for women’s reproductive rights and choice) and the whole issue of women being seen as “less than” hits a nerve for me. I like to think I have a pretty big sense of humor but in the context of Richardson, this doesn’t sit well with me. (and I know this is a funny fashion blog so I’ll get off my soapbox. LOL.)

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              No, that’s fine. Stay on your soapbox. I just didn’t think it very likely that they used actual human remains in this shoot.

            • Adriana_Paula

              Could be a skeleton of a dude…not that that makes it better, but…

    • siriuslover

      I agree. I like the pics. But I’m a James Franco fan and forgive him many things.

    • JasmineAM

      I think I’m the only one here that loves Franco. His entire pretentious persona is hilarious as fuck. And he is incredibly hot.

      • RebeccaKW

        I don’t have a real opinion on him, really, but I do appreciate his sentiment about his persona. Much better than a celebrity being upset that people say mean things in gossip mags or whatever.

        And I agree with T-Lo. Them guns. Whaaa?

      • lindsmh

        I’m with you. Love me some Franco.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ok… so, I saw Oz and sort of, I dunno…. found him charming and attractive…., and I – I know he’s a douche, I know! – but I found myself actually….liking him?? Just in this one case. I know! I know! I’m sorry. You’re right. I’m leaving now.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I LOVED Freaks and Geeks, so I am still fond of Mr. Franco. And Linda Cardellini’s character on Mad Men, which also puts me in the vast minority. Don’t leave…

    • Pennymac

      Please. How is it he’s still employed?

      • alyce1213

        Which one — Franco or Richardson? Or both?

        • Pennymac


    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      Meh. He bugs. Not as much as Russell Brand, but still. No.

    • Heather

      Funny, I misread “world-renowned” as “well-endowed.”

    • OrigamiRose

      His face – that smirk – just always looks so punchable.

    • EditKitten

      That last shot offends me so much.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      That skeleton picture’s pose is gross. Not cute, Franco. Don’t listen to Richardson’s advice, he’s terrible.

      • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

        You just know he’ll do whatever Terry says, though, don’t you? Totally sympatico vibes.

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

          Truth. I imagine they went and did recreational drugs together after this.

          • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

            “after?” LOL

    • StrandedFashionista

      He’s kind of skeezy, but I can’t help but think he’s hot. Plus, for GQ it’s a relatively clever editorial. I’d rather have a skeleton performing fellatio than another ‘guy jumping in front of a white background’ shot.

    • Little_Olive

      “My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it’s fine. I mock it.”

      Oh James, you clever little boy you. I knew you had it all figured out.

      • alyce1213

        Yeah, I see what he did there . . .

    • nannypoo

      When the always-revolting Ricky Gervais makes the list of the top 40 funniest people in the country I just know we’re humor impaired.

    • Griffinqueen

      Uh TLO, That “gun” is a photoshop. I think that’s the jokey joke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

      He looks like Billy Crystal in this editorial. I don’t think that I mean that as a good thing.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      He, he’s in preppy polos looking clean! That’s a step up from the Details cover!

    • VicksieDo

      I loathe James Franco and always will~!~~~

    • snarkykitten

      The doucheyness is off the fucking charts. Forget Sausage Fest Fridays. Today is I Can’t Even Friday

    • OhSayNow

      Total Popeye realness in the shot with the giant Photoshopped bicep, get the boy some spinach.

    • kittenwithaquip

      Terry Richardson. Of course.

    • TropiCarla

      Bang Bang … he shot me down. Bang Bang … I hit the ground.

      I AM LOVING those GUNS!

    • jw_ny

      yep…James actually looks kind of cute and fun here, and like he doesn’t stink…

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      I’m sorry, this is gross. The photos, the props, the smirking, it’s all disgusting.

    • j_anson

      Hmm, well, this is certainly… a different TYPE of annoying than I usually associate with him.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      Douche or not, I am loving the fact that we are getting some sausage on Sausage Friday. TGISF!

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      King of the douchebags. And photographed by Terry Richardson to boot.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Tell him I hate him. (TM: Professor Farnsworth)

    • judybrowni

      Getting a blowjob from a skeleton?

      King of the Douches.

      • Synnamin

        well, it is Terry Richardson doing the photography, whom we all know really IS King of the Douchebags

    • Sadie-Ann

      He’s always kinda looked dirty and douchey the last couple years, but he looks really good in this. More of this please.

    • Julie Parr

      Best he’s looked in a long time. Give up the angst about the Oscars. Listen to him being interviewed by Howard when he discusses it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aboutelle Ashleigh Boutelle

      YES. The GUNS!!

    • Aurumgirl

      By Terry Richardson. That explains the skeleton desecration, doesn’t it.

    • Anniebet

      Interesting. The whole shoot is in such bad taste that I’m bewildered. I get that he’s making fun of himself, but anything with an explosive is wholly inappropriate these days. The skelly BJ ain’t funny either, just distasteful and insulting.

      I suppose I could just lighten up and go with the whole “omg, he’s gorgeous” vibe, but this one just sticks in my craw, to use a very old cliche.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        I think it’s a bit of a stretch to link cartoon dynamite sticks to the Boston bombings.

        • Anniebet

          Yeah, like I said, I should prolly lighten up. I’m being oversensitive.

    • Crystal

      Erm. His arms are nicer than I remember them, and his skin almost looks like that of a live human’s, so….. I guess he looks good.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      He looks cute, he looks clean, and looks like he’s having fun. So that’s three for three!

    • SorayaS

      Ugh Terry Richardson- SO BORING!!

    • quiltrx

      He does absolutely nothing for me. Never has. Seems like that guy we all knew who thought we had a crush on him…and we totally didn’t, because he was an ass.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

      So fucking hot!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/candice.booth.79 Candice Booth

      He is actually hilarious in Pineapple Express as a drug dealer and cast stones if you like, I deserve it, but I found him equally funny in Your Highness with Danny McBride.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      I used to be intrigued by James Franco. Maybe the Oscars showed how awkward he is. I don’t know who dreamed up that idea. He left Anne to carry the show by herself, and she wasn’t half bad. This editorial is dumb, IMHO. It doesn’t work for me. James can photograph nicely (as in that scent ad)) but he doesn’t look handsome to me at all here. I think I could do a better job photographing him, and I’m barely an amateur. There are shadows in the third photo.

    • minnye

      GROSS. I could maybe snicker at a sexual skeleton joke, but the way he’s holding the head immediately makes me think about guys who do that in real life (yes I know it needs to be held in place for the pic but still)

      Fucking gross.

    • lundibleu

      He needs a shave and a haircut, but… he’s happy, so I can’t complain too much.

    • http://twitter.com/kitchenflails Cassidy Olsen

      Still can’t believe Terry Richardson is still getting work.