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The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever Done

Updated August 13, 2021 4.8k votes 831 voters 167.3k views25 items

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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 Created Invisible Art

    In 2011, Francsquiat collaborated on a Kickstarter where he auctioned off pieces of "invisible art." Someone reportedly paid $10,000 for a piece called "Fresh Air."

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    He Referred To Himself In The Third Person

    In an interview for the drama 127 Hours, director 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."

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    He Did Whatever The Internet Wanted Him To

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    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 woman "secretively," and having a puppy lick peanut butter from his mustache.

     

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    He Watched A Male Sex Worker 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 sex worker. He even watched him with a john.

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