I suspect that the events of November 8, 2016 sent a lot of us running for the nearest bar. Some sheltered in place under their couches, while others were sent running for the couch at their therapist’s office. No matter your politics, that day was a doozy and it had a lot of us shook. James Franco, America’s busiest beaver, had himself a good old fashioned “come to Jesus” moment.
In a recent interview with GQ Australia, James opened up about his realization that he’d been coping with the insults of life by throwing himself headlong into his work. Now he’s ready to go down to the church basement, smoke a bunch of cigarettes, drink some shitty coffee and admit that he has a problem. Hi, My name is James and I’m a workaholic.
“Every interview I gave, people would tell me, ‘You’re known for doing all these things, are you a workaholic?’ And what I would hear was, ‘That means you work really hard. You work harder than anybody.’
“But in fact, being a workaholic means you’re addicted to something. And what’s underneath addiction? It’s about hiding from fear, from pain, it’s doing something to make yourself feel better. That’s exactly what I was doing and I had to really adjust my relationship to work. It’s really hard. I’m sure, like anything you’re addicted to, letting that go is difficult because it’s a coping mechanism to make you feel good.”
I’ve always thought of the term workaholic as one of those cutesy, harmless labels like shopaholic or chocoholic. You know, something you’d see cross stitched above the toilet in your spinster aunt’s guest bathroom. But according to James, it is serious business. New York Daily News notes that James has some 17 projects scheduled for this year alone. And as we know, a James Franco Project™ could include all manner of high art. James admits that in November of last year, something changed.
“I feel like it’s not a total coincidence that I hit my own personal wall at the time that I did – last November. I think a lot of people have been questioning their lives lately in the States and what they’re doing, how they’re living.”
“I’ve never done heroin in my life, but I imagine if you get off heroin, people talk about facing reality, all these feelings coming back. Whether you know it or not, you want to bury them with the drug. And when you’re turning to things outside yourself to fill yourself, there’s never going to be enough.”
James says he’s been working so hard to avoid “feelings, people, myself.” Blerg, I’m sorry but I am not feeling introspective Franco. It’s hard to make fun on new James Franco, he’s too damn earnest. Jokes aside, let’s hope that James finds what he’s after and that he doesn’t take up actual heroin to fill the void if he really does stop working so hard.
I’d be a terrible AA/NA/WA sponsor. James would call me up at 3:00 am and tell me he just got the best idea for a new novel that’s set in the future and the main character is an actor who suddenly discovers he has super powers and can immediately give any person an orgasm by whispering “Franco” in their ear. Then he gets himself kidnapped by aliens disguised as Russian operatives and is invited to a big fundraiser In D.C. And here, it’s kind of like The Maltese Falcon, but also like Valley of The Dolls. And the aliens make him give the President of The United States an orgasm while he’s shaking hands with The Pope. James calls me with this idea I am 100% encouraging him to stay up all night until it’s finished.