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.
He Watched a Male Prostitute Have Sex for Research
In order to prep for his role in the movie Sonny (directed by Nicolas Cage!), wherein he played a gigolo, Franco shadowed a male prostitute. He even watched the guy have sex with a john. One day, we hope he'll play us in a film so we can finally have someone watch our painstakingly perfected pizza eating technique.
He Refers to Himself in the Third Person
In an interview for the disarming drama 127 Hours, director and avowed Francophile Danny Boyle revealed that Franco refers to himself in third person while on set. "While we were shooting the film," explained Boyle, "he would sometimes ask me, 'What do you want him to do?' I would say, 'What do you mean?' He would say, 'What do you want from him in this scene?' 'You mean your character?' 'No, no. Franco. What do you want from Franco?' He was talking about himself in the third person."
He Did Whatever the Internet Wanted Him To
Franco finally met his weirdness match. It was the Internet. In a weekend Google Hangout sponsored by Paper Magazine, Franco tried to "Break the Internet" by having fans give him bizarre instructions for what to do. Some things the Internet asked him to do included petting a kitten while wearing leather gloves, pretending to be a distraught Bugs Bunny (complete with bunny ears and a mouth full of marshmallows), speaking to a pretty women "secretively," and having a puppy lick peanut butter from his mustache.
He Dressed like Marilyn Monroe on the Oscars
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.