Although theSpring Breakers actor does admit that sitting in a room with a bag over your head, "has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones," you can imagine he's far from damning.
Can we just point out his use of the word 'overtones' - um, it smacks of pretension, it's bathed in it, it's sodden, dripping...
OK, let's give James a chance.
He argues that, "This behaviour could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness."
Shia is 27 - so he's no Justin "I'm just a kid" Bieber.
Franco then gets really thesp when he starts to address the idea of "performance" and makes direct comparisons between the Nymphomaniac actor and Marlon Brando.
He writes, "he didn't seem to be 'performing,' in the sense that he wasn't putting something on as much as he was being."
Mm yeah, deep man, totally.
After telling us about his personal struggles, lest we forget James is an artist, he gives his seal of approval to Shia's "worthy project".
But finishes, "I just hope that he is careful not to use up all the good will he has gained as an actor in order to show us that he is an artist."
Pretty sure that ship has sailed away, #Sorry.
Read the full essay on the New York Times.
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