There’s never a bad time to peruse through some of James Franco’s finest moment.s But now, four days before his Comedy Central Roast, it seems a particularly apt time to do so.
Johnny Temple: What is your biggest pet peeve?
James Franco: Shit heads. (Akashicbooks.com)
“I don’t like sleeping in a bed.”
“In my first two years of high school I got into a lot of trouble with the police for minor things: graffiti, stealing, crashing cars. It was teen angst. I was uncomfortable in my own skin.” (theguardian.com)
Johnny Temple: What existing word would you prefer had a different definition? State word and redefine.
James Franco: The Atlantic Blog: A bunch of faceless cunts that can suck my dick. (Akashicbooks.com)
“But once I started doing other things – I had a book that came out, I had some art shows in New York and I started directing my own movies – then I was curious again: ‘OK, how are these being perceived?’ It sucked me into that very addictive place where you just want to know what absolutely everyone thinks of your work….I was spending a lot of time just reading about myself.” (gq-magazine.co.uk)
“It’s still hard for me. Even though people urge me to dress nicer, it’s hard for me to clean up and live a clean lifestyle. I think there’s something to be said for looking respectful and being presentable. It just doesn’t work for me.” (lindzi.com)
Daria Radlinski: What’s the first thing you bought when you started getting money?
James Franco (as Alien): Definitely bought my trap—that’s what we call a house. I got my car, definitely. I had to get the rims and special glow-in-the-dark alien. You’ve got to look right, so I made sure I always had the clothes, that kind of thing. (Openingceremony.us)
“For April Fools Day, someone played a really cruel joke on me. They stole ALL my mirrors and I had to go hours without seeing myself. I mean, I couldn’t even do my daily affirmations. What kind of world is this? I tell you, it’s artists like myself that really suffer.”
“Generally I see it as a book that’s supposed to touch on universal things about being a teenager and coming-of-age and learning about the bigger world…we just need a little bit more help, I’m just asking you for a little bit more help.” (Popwatch.ew.com)
“I was obviously the inspiration behind the character of Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games. It’s so painfully obvious.”
“Truly, I couldn’t give a shit about the people who still question my sexuality. If they want to say that I’m gay, I really don’t care.” (bullettmedia.com)
Swide: You appeared on the cover of Candy Magazine in drag resembling a beautiful muse of Pedro Almodovar. If you could be reincarnated as one of history’s great divas who would you be and why?
James Franco: Madonna. She rules. (Swide.com)
“Sometimes I think to myself, what should James Franco say next? And then it comes to me. Boobs.”
Johnny Temple: If you could make up a word, what would it be? No definitions permitted.
James Franco: Cuntstuff. (Akashicbooks.com)
Daria Radlinski: What’s the worst thing about being you?
James Franco (as Alien): Fuckin’ cornrows. They itch like a motherfucker. Style over comfort. (Openingceremony.us)
“I missed prom. My girlfriend at the time was an actress and my prom was actually on my 18th birthday, but there was also a trip to Aspen, Oregon to go see the plays. So, we opted to see the plays. We had our own little prom.” (lindzi.com)
“Gucci makes me a suit for like every single event. But I don’t keep them all in my closet or anything; they hold them for me.” (gq-magazine.co.uk)
“Sometimes I get a little sad, and I feel like being alone. Then I talk to my cat about it, and he reminds me I’m James Franco. Then we dance.”
“Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway.” (Late Show with David Letterman)
Daria Radlinski: Tell me about your tattoos. Which one is your favorite?
James Franco (as Alien): I like all of ’em. I got a lot of local references; I got to represent Florida. I got to represent the 727, you know. I got a great one that not too many people have seen because it’s on my chest, but it’s got a little alien stepping through a door, it’s like he’s coming right out. (Openingceremony.us)
“…it can be so boring being you sometimes, and if you were the most special thing like that, it could be really great, but maybe some people say the same thing about you, and you want to tell those people: ‘No, you’re stupid, it’s no fun being me.'” (from his book, Palo Alto)
“Quite Franc-ly, I think I am an asset to this world we live in. I know that if I didn’t exist, there would be some truly upset people just waiting for me. A life without Franco is like a kitten without fur. That’s what my reflection told me.”