James Franco at the “Wish I Was Here” New York Screening

Posted on July 15, 2014

You wouldn’t believe how much we’re restraining ourselves here. Trust us when we say, we could go OFF.


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But instead we’re just going to calmly tell James that he needs to turn around and go home. Because he looks like an ASSHOLE.

Sorry, we’ll start again.

Look, we don’t expect him – or any star, really – to be “on” 24/7 and to show up at all events dressed to the nines. It’s unrealistic, especially when you consider that there are plenty of events, such as screenings in New York City, where the dress is code is decidedly casual. But we refuse to believe that we’re being harsh when we demand that male stars dress better than the average Walmart employee when they’re making public appearances. You want to wear jeans? Fine. But they have to be clean and they have to fit. You want to wear sneakers? Fine. But you can’t wear a T-shirt. That’s the Rubicon right there. If you’re showing up somewhere and you know you’re going to be photographed in front of a movie poster or step-and-repeat, than you shoot a little higher than “I’ll go pick up the pizza if you guys kick in.”

And that jacket looks cheap.




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  • Jessica Freeman

    So gross. I can smell him from here.

    • Melissa

      Yeeep. I have to light candles whenever I see photos of him or Jared Leto.

    • Spreecord

      My vagina dried out in self-defense.

    • Man Dala

      “Rancid” is the word you’re looking for.

  • RussellH88

    You know how Tilda Swinton did a performance art piece where she left in a glass box? I think James Franco is trying to one-up her and sleep through an entire career.

  • LOL. No.

  • annie_wonder

    I don’t know what’s going on with the white marks near his pocket but the rest I don’t hate. I like a bit of scruff.

    • sienna elm

      Maybe the New York pigeons got their revenge on him for something…just before he arrived at the screening.

    • Sophie

      It looks like he got his hand on some flour and casually brushed it off on his jeans. Like a kid sneaking into the kitchen to see if the cake is ready – or the pizza in this case.

      • Barbara Affolter

        Sure… “Flour.”

    • FibonacciSequins

      I think the fabric there is worn and ripped. Either he bought them that way, or he carries his keys in that pocket.

      I will give him credit for wearing brand new, clean sneakers.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      The deodorant stain bandit strikes again! (see also: Diaz’s dress)

  • FunButNutz

    But he is trying! Look, no neck beard!

  • NBG

    The Douche is strong with some guys. This guy? He’s Lord Douche. Maybe even Emperor Douche. He can probably fire smelly lightning bolts from his fingers.

    • charlotte

      CEO of Douche International!

    • ConnieBV

      His Douchiness, Pope Douche.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      the moment I saw the first pic I thought “douche”.

      Please Lord Douche, just go away.

    • Introspective

      Optimus Douche.

      • Daisy Walker

        No, that will forever be Shia The Beef.

    • Crystal

      Sir Douche of Douche Mountain

    • decormaven

      Douche Ex Machina

      • AnguaVonUberwald

        That really only works if he swoops in, douche-god like, and fixes the problems of other douches with the power of douche.

        • demidaemon

          He certainly tries to sometimes.

    • annmartina

      Hahaha. As soon as I saw the picture I could hear Garrett Morris introducing LORD AND LADY Douchebag in the old SNL skit

    • Zeus Douche. Father of smelly lightning bolts and prideful men who have money, but not enough sense to hire a stylist.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Just looking at that makes me want to melt. It’s been high 80s with 99% humidity up here for the past few days. You don’t go out in a leather jacket if you have functioning brain cells.

    • Thomas

      He’s probably so high 24/7 that he doesn’t have any functioning brain cells left.

    • SportifLateBoomer

      I know that was my first reaction. I’m sweltering here! Guess that’s his dudebro idea of dress-up. Ugh.

  • amanda siegelson

    aside from the dirty spot on the jeans, the only thing i truly hate: those freakin’ sunglasses. put that shit away, you a-hole.

  • Anna

    My douchiness is the canvas, these clothes the paintbrush: BOOM. I’m the art.

  • Jennifer Kobayashi

    He is standing in front of a poster that says “Life is an occasion. Rise to it.” for goodness sake.

    • Skippymom1

      Yes, that Bus full of Irony ran me over too. Sigh.

  • Anna

    He always looks like he has some kind of film/slime/grease on him.

    • Boulderista

      read this first as “film slime” … as in the shadow cast on an actor when a movie totally tanks.

      At least he doesn’t have [a] neck beard which appears to be the only indicator that he didn’t sleep on a park bench the night before.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    He just makes me laugh.

  • Henry Maler

    Seeing sunglasses on the red carpet automatically turns me into Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest.


  • Kent Roby

    Franco occasionally does a project so non-mainstream (like “Interior. Leather Bar”) that I want to like him, but it’s always offset by appearances like here. With the tiniest bit of work on image/RC/grooming he could be the cool, cute, hip, indie guy, yet he comes across as the opposite.

  • TM

    James Franco in his asshole finery and that crowd funded indulgence project. Both make me ughhh, in the same picture I can’t even.

    • Kent Roby

      It seemed odd for Zach Braff to have a kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million for this movie, considering he should be a bazillionaire with lots of pull in the industry. If he couldn’t get a studio to come up with that amount, he could probably find $2 million under his sofa cushions.

      • formerlyAnon

        Rich people don’t stay rich by spending money they can get other people to spend.

        (Though kickstarter campaigns can also be an excellent way to create buzz and a committed base of folks likely to speak well of the final project.)

        • Kent Roby

          I’m the odd person who would be more likely to see it if he believed in the project so strongly that he invested his own money. Of course, if the kickstarter project was done by someone who wasn’t already mega successful, I’d applaud their chutzpah.

          • TM

            I remember in his video he said something like “I don’t want to be under the control of a studio casting and notes etc.” (But I’m sure some of that syndication money can totes pay for a passion project, Zach. Also, based on the reviews maybe more notes were needed.) I get the whole marketing etc. but I like to think of crowdfunding would ideally be for the plebs–not someone with access already.

  • Danielle

    Sometimes you just have to throw your head back and laugh.

  • ivfive

    And wash your goddamn hair.

  • Capt. Renault

    Looks like I’m going to have to put something in that swear jar.

  • Monkey Toe

    Oh look, it’s that the rare Sanrio character Douche Maru.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I can smell the douche stink on him from here.

    • Capt. Renault

      I would have said weed. Thus the sunglasses. But weed stink and douche stink aren’t incompatible, of course.

      • FibonacciSequins

        James is so the epitome of douche stink, he could bottle it and sell it. Weed would be one of the top notes.

        • Crystal

          He should do that. People would buy it.

        • MK03

          He could call it FrancEau.

          • FibonacciSequins

            He should pay you for that name, it’s that good.

          • ivfive


  • ivfive

    I’ve loathed him ever since that movie where he had to hack off his arm. It’s not a good sign when you’re hoping the main character dies so you can go home to bed.

    • demidaemon

      I laughed so loud at this.

  • Crystal

    He always looks so douchey and unclean.

    Wow that’s an odd juxtaposition of descriptors.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Odd but accurate.

  • decormaven

    I’d tell him to take off the sunglasses, but I don’t really care to see his face. Not even worth snapping the camera lens at someone who so clearly doesn’t care to make a proper appearance.

  • I don’t even see his name on the poster. Why is he there? Frankly I’d much rather have seen Mandy Patinkin doing the step and repeat.

  • SewingSiren

    I just got hit in the face by giant douche tidal wave. DOOOOSSSSHHHH~~~

  • RescueMe23

    DOUCHE. And I personally think his acting skills are sub-par.

    • alyce1213

      So overrated.

  • LibKat

    And we are at DoucheCon 5.

  • Cynica

    I have been overcome by the douche fumes. Save yourselves.

  • Denise Rambo

    GOD I hate James Franco.

    • dustinrhodes

      I read this as “God hates James Franco,” and laughed inappropriately.

  • Libster

    TLo — do you mean “rubric”? I’m not sure what Rubicon means in this context…

    • Kate Andrews

      Rubicon I guess is the river you don’t cross?

    • Darcy H

      By wearing a t-shirt on the red carpet Franco, like the illustrious Caesar, breaks laws and incites armed conflict.

      Only Caesar probably looked a heck of a lot better doing it.

    • formerlyAnon

      Via Wikipedia:The idiom “Crossing the Rubicon” means to pass a point of no return, and refers to Julius Caesar’s army’s crossing of the river in 49 BC, which was considered an act of insurrection.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Plus, it’s too damn hot and humid in New York city to be wearing a leather jacket.

  • Kate Andrews

    And take OFF the f’ing SUNGLASSES! That boy needs a reboot.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I like him, so I give him a pass most days. But I think “clean clothing” is a basic requirement for just leaving your house, let alone being photographed.

    Go home, James. You’re high.

    In fact, let’s go together, and we can watch Robot Chicken. I’ll bring the Pizza Rolls.

  • jonnyf8

    He didn’t point his finger or give you a thumbs up. That should be worth something!! And I really missed him when I went to the new ape movie over the weekend. Jason Clarke will never be as appealing as James Franco at his douchiest. Lighen up people. The thing is about James is I think that he’s pretty aware of who how ridiculous he is, there’s not a lot he can do about it so he celebrates it.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Are those cum stains on his pocket? You know what? Let me stop.

    • Introspective


    • Gatto Nero

      Worn fabric, I think. That’s what I’m choosing to see.

    • Crystal

      I wouldn’t be surprised.

      He’s so gross. His brother seems to work extra hard to be impeccably groomed in an attempt to combat the Franco Douche Ray.

  • Whever

    I’m cackling at the movie’s tagline, squashed right next to Ultra-Douche.

  • Emily Smith

    Did he steal his younger brother’s jacket, from when his brother was 12? Seriously, that is ridiculous looking. Also on a scale of zero to cupcake he’s probably as baked as a multi-tiered wedding cake right now.

    • Darcy H

      “On a scale of zero to cupcake” Totally stealing that!

  • Ashleigh Weatherill

    It’s like he forgot he had an event, then remembered last minute and just rushed over…probably forgot to brush his teeth too

  • cocohall

    He’s 36. This looks like something the Bieber might plausibly wear. Which is the problem. He is making an effort here. (Witness the shades and the leather jacket.) But the effort is misguided. Or perhaps NOT. I almost feel like he enjoys seeing just how close he can fly to the flame without completely incinerating his career. The shirtless selfies. The Instagram invite to the 17 year old. The Oscar debacle. This look is just one square on the crazy quilt that is James “The Douche” Franco.

    • demidaemon

      You are probably right. However, he’s just allowing us to unleash our irritation at the world on an easy target, so maybe he is doing a public service.

      • cocohall

        Yup, he’s a real public servant, Mr. Franco. Although Shia Le Bouef (sp?) would seem to be giving him some stiff competition.

        • demidaemon

          While Mr. Franco represents the douches that irritate us day to day, The Beef represents those assholes who you have to stop yourself from becoming physically violent towards.

          • cocohall

            Yes, he would seem to need a Rosa (from OITNB) intervention.

          • demidaemon


  • evave2

    I’m going to say something I never ever said before: my husband who has worn a henley, Tshirt and boots for FORTY years looks better than this.

  • MilaXX

    Such a douche

  • AC Simons

    He always reeks porn actor douchey. I just don’t get his appeal.

  • Alyssa

    Everyone else has covered it, but man he just reeks of douche.

  • alwaysanswerb

    He looks like a freshman in college who is trying really hard to be James Franco circa Freaks and Geeks.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    “I am a douche.”

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The shadow of the asshole hangs heavily over the silhouette of the latter day Franco.

  • msdamselfly

    I dont agree. He’s dressed like he’s living his life as a normal person. Cut him some slack! These stars dont have to be “on” all of the time.

    • alyce1213

      He’s not walking his dog or hanging out with friends at the local pub. He’s at an industry event. Also, he’s not normal.

      • demidaemon

        Once you even consider Hollywood as a serious career option, I believe normal already flew the coop five years earlier. At least, that was one of the lessons I learned from TLo’s book: “Stars: Never like us!”

  • Shawn EH

    Still hot!

  • Imasewsure

    Even a smile can’t salvage this a*hole… seriously dude, take it seriously

  • Imasewsure

    Perhaps Franco is the devious mastermind behind a career reboot for Shia LaDouche… I see Franco and it makes me pine for that other self-important a*hole

  • fiddlecub

    He’s such an ally to the gay community that I hate to let me distaste for him rise to the top, but I find him smarmy, unlikeable, and supremely douchey regardless of what he wears.

    Whew. Feels good to get that off my chest.

  • StrandedFashionista

    And the stupid thing is, he can clean up- or at least his version of it- pretty well. True, he always looks skeezy, but at least when he tries he has that rich layabout that will use you and leave you but still it’s the best sex look about him. At least, that’s my opinion.

  • marlie

    I hate this dude so much, and this getup just reinforces that.

  • Lisalady161

    Not wanting to be industry-standard fashionable I get. Showing up looking like you’ve slept in the park for three days is unacceptable. Cut it out, James.

  • suzq

    I’m guessing the cost of that jacket exceeded your salary last year. It likely exceeded mine. And that might not be James’ fault. It was 90 degrees in NYC yesterday. Unless David Letterman is running the AC in the theater, there’s no need for the leather jacket….except that James didn’t want to try and find a better shirt, did he?

  • Judy_S

    The pictures made me laugh even before I got to your text, which made me snort louder.

  • Sara__B

    He’s the #1 male on my rational hate list. He brings everything he wears and does down to the lowest level. Blech.

  • conniemd

    How about he looks like an asshole because he is one. I laughed at the “wish I was here” because whenever I see his photo, I’m thinking “I’m so glad I’m NOT there.”

  • Mothra

    Is this a movie about being high and out of it all the time, because if so, he’s really doing it justice here.

  • Lori

    The exception that proves the rule that everyone looks hotter in sunglasses. Although let’s face it, he look like an asshole because he’s an asshole. That poem about Heath Ledger was just the last straw.

    • alyce1213

      There are so many last straws . . . the selfie with his hand down his pants, instagram to teenager, etc.

      • SRQkitten

        His friendship with that other flaming asshole, terry Richardson. Yeah, the uncles called it right. He can just go away. Now, please.

  • MechaSacanagem

    I had the misfortune of watching him “act” for two hours of “Of Mice and Men”, so yeah. “Sleepwalking through his career” seems pretty accurate.

    • alyce1213

      A friend invited me to see Of Mice and Men (free ticket, good seats). I declined, politely. I’m so glad I did.

      • Skippymom1

        I, too, would never decline theatre tickes – even bad theatre – but I m with you. Franco in “Of Mice and Men” makes a root canal sound appealing.

  • Brittney P

    I’m pretty sure I bought that same jacket from Rue 21 for $20 four years ago.

  • alyce1213

    Terminal Douche.
    Not that he has anything to do with it, but the movie title piques my grammar OCD. Wish it were correct.

  • Kimberlini

    I wish he wasn’t there.

  • breathlss79

    I got stoned one night and followed him on Instagram. He is a ridiculous human who must be joined where he is, stoner to stoner. The hate melts away.

    • Skippymom1

      I don’t know – sounds like a waste of a good buzz.

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  • lundibleu

    URGH. I want to take him home, strip him out of those clothes and teach him a lesson or two. I do like the jacket though.

    Also, I want to point out how stupid it is to dress really, REALLY lazily when you’re going to stand under a slogan saying “Life is an occasion. Rise to it.” Bad James, bad.

  • John11581

    I’d be pissed if I were Zach Braff. Showing up like this to a premiere of a movie you’re in is disrespectful to the project and those involved with it.

  • traceyishere

    All true but that is an expensive jacket.

  • PinkyK

    He just looks dirty and not in that hot sexy way but in a I’ve partied way too hard, slept in this for 3 days and haven’t bathed in weeks sort of way. Just ew.

  • demidaemon

    Normally, I can find something to like in his looks, but not today. I agree with TLo. Looks like an asshole.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    The term “douchecanoe” was coined just for James Franco.

  • Mr. J.

    Would he just go away?

  • quiltrx

    “Insufferable” is the word that comes to mind when I look at him. I still can’t believe someone was stupid enough to let him co-host the Oscars.

  • Man Dala

    I had that jacket in 1989. I wanted to look like Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan on the cover of “101”.

  • swissgirl

    Isn’ it summer? I mean hot. So who wears a leather jacket except a creepo like Franco?

  • Leah Elzinga

    Honestly, I DO expect stars to be “on” for every appearance. It’s their JOB. They get paid for it. In the same way that anyone working in an office is expected to be dressed appropriately for EVERY work day, not just those that suit them. And that office worker actually has to PAY for their clothes! Stars, they’re not like us at all.