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The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done 

Jacob Shelton
Updated June 14, 2019 4.4k votes 768 voters 164.2k views 25 items

List Rules Vote for the strangest things that Mr. Franco has ever publicly done

James Franco keeps it weird whether he's in movies, on a soap opera, creating meta performance art, painting, publishing fiction, or just living his life. Franco might just be from another universe, or at least another dimension where you can be famous and act like a weirdo without being made fun of. Even though we can't stop pointing and laughing, he somehow manages to balance acting in high profile films, directing dramatic retellings of Three’s Company, and reciting poetry from his bed. Say what you will about him (and we do say some stuff in this list), the man is a workhorse and, for lack of a better term, an artist. But he’s also definitely and deliberately weird, which is why we’ve taken our time to catalog the strangest stuff that James Franco has ever done.

After researching James Franco, the main thing we’ve discovered is that he’s kind of exhausting. How does he even have time for all this weirdness? It seems like Franco must have an identical twin he switches every day. That sounds weird, but it’s hardly as odd as any number of the things that Franco has done in full view of the public.

There's no shortage of outlandish behavior from the Oscar-nominated actor and we've listed it all right here for you to decide. Vote on the weirdest thing that you think James Franco’s ever done or publicly acknowledged doing.
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He Dressed like Marilyn Monroe on the Oscars
He Dressed like Marilyn ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done
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Remember when J. Francs and Anne Hathaway hosted The Academy Awards and everybody hated it? Well, if you've done your best to wipe that year's ceremony from your mind, let us remind you that he dressed up like the second worst Marilyn Monroe impersonator ever in front of millions of people. 
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He Recreated Three's Company as a Drama
He Recreated Three's Com... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done
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For the sake of art (or something?) he remade three episodes of Three's Company as serious dramas. He showcased the experiment at the Sundance Film Festival, where he explained his attempt to view the show where a guy pretends he's gay so he can have a place to live from "a slightly oblique perspective."
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He Flirted with a 17-Year-Old on Instagram
He Flirted with a 17-Yea... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done
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Maybe it was a publicity stunt or maybe he has even fewer boundaries than we ever imagined. Either way, when James Franco maybe tried to hook up with a 17-year-old in New York in 2014, we were so unsettled we hid under a sheet for a week.
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Straight Franco Interviewed Gay Franco
Straight Franco Intervie... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done
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Remember that time that James Franco tackled homophobia? No? But he solved all the problems when he (reportedly a straight male) interviewed himself (rumored, like seemingly every major actor, to be a gay man).
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