James Franco dropped out of UCLA in the late 1990s to pursue an acting career. Although his career has been very successful, most recently earning him $7 million for starring in Oz the Great and Powerful, it strikes me that—in the same way Michael Jackson’s lost childhood continued to haunt him throughout his adult life—Franco’s lost college days are continuing to torment him.
My evidence? In 2006, Franco reenrolled in UCLA as an English major with a creative writing minor. After he graduated, he went wild on the liberal arts by—get this, now!—enrolling in Columbia University’s MFA writing program, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College for poetry.
According to Wikipedia, Franco graduated from Columbia in 2010 and is currently a PhD student in English at Yale University. Wikipedia notes he “will also attend the Rhode Island School of Design.”
All this sounds a little insane. It sounds like James Franco is a fraud just like the “wonderful wizard” he portrayed in Oz. Unless James Franco is a genius. Is he a genius?
Why don’t you be the judge and check out his poem “Obama in Asheville” commissioned by Yahoo! to honor President Obama’s second term.
In the video, Franco wears a Warren Wilson College shirt to presumably show how much he’s learned about poetry while receiving (another) MFA.
Or, how about you just read a few representative comments that appear under the video instead:
There’s old fashioned rhyming poetry, there’s Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter, there are the free verse geniuses like Wallace Stevens, and then there is . . . well, this #$%$. It is poetry only in the mind of the pretender who wrote it.
James you owe me 3 minutes. That “poem” sucks. Stick to acting.
Wow…I read this to laugh at how bad it would be…but it is so bad I can’t even laugh. I am all about art, and understand that different people have different opinions on it but…this is just terrible.
If you’d prefer to read the poem (though I would suggest to you that there are many better things you could do with your time) you can go here.
What I don’t understand is why James Franco doesn’t just use all his money to hire a ghostwriter. Someone who’s actually good. Why would you spend your time writing when you can just hire someone and take all the credit for it?