James Franco’s art installation, which will debut at the Venice Biennale next month, called Rebel has been described as a high art/pop culture mashed homage to James Dean. The L.A. Times says that Franco’s art project features clips of motorcycle crashes, a little movie of him in the role of James Dean (which he already did in that TNT shit) and another clip of him paying tribute to the late Brad Renfro in a fucked up way that also pays tribute to the cutters of the world!
While the cameras rolled, Franco used a switchblade to carve Brad Renfro’s name into his right arm. The pictures and video of this mess will be one of the show’s permanent artworks.
Franco really should’ve carved “THIS BITCH” into his arm instead, because that’s all I’m going to see when I see the Renfro scar on his arm. There are so many question marks humping my head over this shit. Did Franco know Brad Renfro on a for real level? Was he inspired by Marky Mark’s character in Fear? Is this a commentary on young actors dying of heroin overdoses before their time? Did Franco bleed blood or bull shit when he cut into himself? Is he naked in this clip because that’s an important factor in deciding whether or not I will buy a ticket to this when it comes to New York?
But then after asking myself all these questions, I realized this is James Franco we’re talking about! There are no answers to his art! Or maybe Swiss Army sponsored his project and Franco needed to place their product somewhere.