Magazine article Tablet Magazine

James Franco's Feud with Ben Brantley: More Than an Actor's Bruised Ego?

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

James Franco's Feud with Ben Brantley: More Than an Actor's Bruised Ego?

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You guys, social media feuds just got a lot more highbrow. The latest celebrity to call another well-known person out for being "a little bitch" on Instagram (the message was scrawled over a photo, the modern equivalent of Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin) is not your usual breed of Real Housewife or pop star I've recently become too old to have heard of, but James Franco, the polyglot actor who is the only person in the history of the universe to actually do everything that artsy boy from Jewish summer camp told you he was planning to.

The subject of his ire is none other than Ben Brantley, the lead theater critic of the New York Times, who recently reviewed the production of Of Mice And Men Franco is currently starring in with Chris O'Dowd, with his patented brand of tepid criticism. Franco, he observed, "is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It's a tight, internal performance begging for a camera's close-up. …

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