James Franco Has Some Thoughts on ‘Girls’ and Would Like to Share Them With You
James Franco has a blog over at the Huffington Post because James Franco does everything. The actor has been writing, directing, starring in soap operas, and now he blogs, too. This week, the actor has some thoughts on the HBO series ‘Girls.’ Because of course he does.
Over at HuffPo, Franco has written an essay about ‘Girls’ because he’s spent a lot of time in college over the last several years, he lives in New York, and he is also a creative type. And since the show is produced by Judd Apatow, the man who gave him his big break on ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ he’s got some stuff to say about it.
But James Franco wants you to take James Franco’s words with a grain of salt, as he opens the essay by noting that he doesn’t watch much TV. James Franco is too cool for that, but he does enjoy ‘Girls’:
I got pulled in at the beginning simply because it seemed to portray my world — the one inhabited by struggling creative types in New York. I’m not saying I have to struggle to pay the rent like Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, but there was a point, right before Judd cast me in ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ when my parents cut me off because I wanted to go to acting school instead of UCLA. I worked at McDonalds, and my first suggestion to Hannah would be this: get a f—ing job.
Fair enough. Hannah Horvath quit her internship in the first episode and then quit her first real job after confronting her grope-happy boss in a memorable scene where she tried to sleep with him, sue him, and extort him all in one go. Hannah could totally use a job. James Franco: 1, Hannah Horvath: 0.
Franco says that Hannah can be a huge loser on the show all she wants because creator and star Lena Dunham is not a loser:
No matter how many stupid things Hannah says to strangers, how embarrassing her sex scenes are, how awkward she is with adults, or how little writing she actually does, Lena will always shine through as the admirable creative force behind everything on the television screen (or, in my case, computer screen). Lena’s character never has to write her book because the series is her book.
It’s an interesting notion to consider that perhaps Hannah doesn’t need to write the novel she’s been “working” on because the show is, ultimately, the collection of experiences that will become the novel. James Franco: 2, Lena Dunham: 1, Hannah Horvath: 1 when the show is over.
James Franco agrees there should be more diversity on the show, but after speaking with several of his college friends (he’s so cool), they think that the internet is just bored and looking for a reason to complain. James Franco: 2, Lena Dunham: 2, The Internet: -1.
Speaking to how he doesn’t relate to the men on the show, Franco says:
The guys in the show are the biggest bunch of losers I’ve ever seen. There is a drip who gets dumped because he bores his girlfriend; a dad who hits on his babysitter; a bevy of wussy hipsters who are just grist for the insatiable lust of the too-cool girl with the British accent; and the king of them all, the shirtless dude who talks funny and hides his stomach all the time.
We’ll agree that Mr. Lavoyt, father of the children that hip Brit Jessa babysits, is kind of a loser. Have you seen his goatee? Or that half-ponytail thing? But Charlie, the guy who gets dumped, is anything but a loser — he’s just a good guy who was in a relationship with someone that wasn’t right for him. And that “shirtless dude”? That’s Adam, and as we saw this week, he’s not really a loser — he’s just been funneled through Hannah’s perception so much that we, like Hannah, simply misunderstood him. He’s not perfect, he’s still flawed (but so is Hannah), but he’s actually a pretty decent guy. And we like him without a shirt, okay? James Franco: 1, Shirtless Adam: 5 stars.