From the looks of things, James Franco’s time isn’t up just yet. He’s currently shooting season 2 of The Deuce and weekending in the Hamptons, according to Page Six. Most recently, he’s been seen out on the town with his girlfriend, 25-year-old Isabel Pakzad and two of Isabel’s BFFs, eyebrow #1 and eyebrow #2. The foursome made a rare public appearance at the Broadway opening of the a play called Straight White Men, starring straight white men, Armie Hammer and Josh Charles.
After five women brought James Franco into the #MeToo conversation with accusations of power abuse and misconduct, he laid low. A good idea, considering he wouldn’t want to risk getting scalped by Scarlett Johansson at the Women’s March. Not many Hollywood actresses jumped to James’ defense; the best he got was some red carpet damage control courtesy of his sister-in-law. James finally has a co-star who is willing to come to his defense, and defend him she did.
Last month, five women told The Los Angeles Times sexual misconduct stories about James Franco’s alleged creepy behavior. Ever since then, things haven’t been great for James Franco. The New York Times cancelled a Disaster Artist event. Scarlett Johansson dragged him at the L.A. Women’s March for wearing a Time’s Up pin. And then he was shut out of the Oscar nominations. Based on that downward trajectory, I fully expected to read that HBO had casually “forgotten” to send James a save-the-date card for the first day of shooting the second season of The Deuce. But as it turns out, there are no plans to send James packing.
James Franco didn’t want your stupid old Oscar nomination anyway! Okay, well maybe he wanted it a little bit. According to E! News, James is torn. A source claims that James is both disappointed and relieved at not receiving an Academy Award nomination for his work in The Disaster Artist.
A day after James Franco was accused of being a major creep by a handful of women, he skipped the Critics’ Choice Awards. It seems as though James decided that enough dust had settled on his bad press, and he ventured back out into the world last night for the SAG Awards. Aziz Ansari has also recently been accused of perceived creep behavior. That accusation must have still been a bit too fresh, because just like James on Critics’ Choice Award night, Aziz decided to bail on the SAG Awards.
Last night, Alison Brie, Alison’s husband Dave Franco, and Dave’s brother James Franco all attended the SAG Awards in Los Angeles. James skipped the red carpet, but someone from the family had to take on the thankless job of fielding all the awkward questions about him on the red carpet. That honor fell on Alison. A choice that I’m sure was made democratically by drawing straws in the limo on the ride over, and not because James didn’t want to risk his damage control being delivered as “Yo, man, the allegations are, like…very un-rad, dude.”