James Franco will be taking part in some sort of performance art festival this month, naturally, and when you hear what he has lined up for his part of the event you will just be like, “Of course that is what he has planned. He is James Franco after all and this IS a performance art festival, sooooooo.” From the Hollywood Reporter:

On Sunday, November 13, James Franco and video artist Laurel Nakadate will perform Three Artists in Search of Tennessee, a three-part commissioned piece in which the pair will lead a seance to talk to the late playwright Tennessee Williams through a Ouija board. In part two, female actresses will audition for the part of Laura in The Glass Menagerie. And for the third act, male actors will audition for the part of Tom. Franco will play the “Gentleman Caller.” Performance at noon at the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. For those who can’t make it, the performances will be viewable afterward on art website Paddle8.com.

So, just to clarify: James Franco is hosting a seance of Tennessee Williams with a Ouija Board, and then conducting a contest to do a reading of The Glass Menagerie with ghosts from the audience or something. Does it matter? You might as well just describe it this way: James Franco will be somewhere. The guy is becoming a parody of something at this point. It’s not a parody of himself, because he is/was a very famous and successful minor-heartthrob actor. And I can’t really think of another actor who behaves this way. He’s kind of becoming a parody of, like, what a “downtown” New York actor would be like in a movie about the Rapture co-written by Bill O’Reilly and Kelsey Grammer. The movie would be called Look Out Pinheads! and James Franco would play himself. OF COURSE.

Comments (13)
  1. Will Look Out Pinheads! be available on ping pong fetish website Paddle8.com?

  2. 466 Grand St….That’s just down the street from Videogum HQ, right?


  3. If his Ouija Board experience is anything like mine (circa slumber parties in 1994), we will finally have Tennessee Williams’ collection of fart jokes recorded for the ages. Bless you, James Franco. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

  4. Sooo…he’s looking for Tennessee? Please, someone, help me understand his plan.

    • P.S. Anyone who doesn’t get this reference is clearly not a TRUE Arrested Development fan.

      • Gahhh. Racking my brain here. “I’m thinking so hard”–me. My first thought was that it’s from the one where Tobias goes looking for the wolf to prove to Lindsay that he’s a man but no that doesn’t really fit and I’ll just shut up now.

      • are you referencing a direct quote? Because if you are, I can’t for the life of me remember it.

  5. I feel like James Franco is doing everything right. His over-exposure has become camp art. He’s constantly blurring the line between ridiculous, cheesy and “art”. Every time I want to call him a pretentious prig his smile makes me melt. Is he perfect? Yes. Yes, he’s perfect.

  6. I’m fairly certain this will make its way into his doctoral dissertation, “Stellaaaaa: Performing Tennessee in the (post)Modern Landscape of My Mind, Part Deux (ex machina)”

  7. If the Spider-Man 3 waitress asked James Franco how the pie was today, he’d smear it all over his naked body while reciting all of Ophelia’s lines in Hamlet.

  8. The Glass Menagerie will be played by Crispin Glover.

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