James Franco Bashes 'Breaking Dawn' — Is He Just Jealous?

Wed, December 14, 2011 3:11pm EDT by 49 Comments
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James Franco fought for a role in the ‘Twilight’ films and lost, so is he taking out his frustration in this scathing review?

James Franco was not impressed with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part One and didn’t hold back his frustrations with the film in a recent article for The Paris Review. In his review, the 33-year-old actor tears Twilight apart, reaming it for promoting teenage sex, marriage and pregnancy. Yikes!

Here are a couple of the juicier bits from Mr. Franco’s verbose critique:

“The protagonists finally marry, having waited until the wise old age of eighteen, and since the book and the film dutifully show them being wed, they are then allowed to fuck each others’ brains out. For a film that claims to be sexually responsible, the ‘Twilight’ movies are awfully dependent on teenage sex to attract viewers,” James writes.

He then compares Jacob Black to underage pageant queens, saying, “The actors prance about like pieces of meat, their disturbingly developed bodies on full display; Taylor Lautner’s rippling teenage chest is just a little better than the child beauty-pageant stars at the end of Little Miss Sunshine.”

When discussing the end of the film and Bella’s death, James laughs it off, writing, “But not to worry! She can be saved by being turned into a vampire, a recourse not available to most teen moms.”

Do you think James was being fair in his assessment, or is he just bummed he didn’t get a role in the huge franchise? Sound off below!

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l

Posted at 12:44 AM on March 13, 2012  

Everyone is acting as though Franco just popped up out of nowhere and got an Emmy, Oscar, etc. nod the first movie he was in. Everyone has to start somewhere and Twilight just happened to be the big jump start for those who were cast just as Franco started in tv series before making it to the big screen. Getting into the business isn’t overnight, you don’t go into a career getting hired as CEO unless an heir to that position.

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Shaddupp, Franco.

Posted at 8:54 PM on February 25, 2012  

Did James really try out for this part? He would’ve been too old for the role even back in ’08. The part about his trying out for this role sounds a little fishy, honestly. Also, why is he even talking about the film? Bashing Taylor Lautner’s abs? I’m not a fan of the “saga” but why are men so hostile about seeing other men’s well-defines abs on-screen?

How many films have we as women sat through that bare women’s naked breasts??? How many??? But let one franchise geared towards females hit the screen & all hell breaks loose. Franco was hot back when he did City By The Sea & the James Dean Story (for which he won a Golden Globe) but he is NOT built like Taylor Lautner now.

He is developing man-boobs & needs to stop being jealous of younger, more attractive males like Lautner, Jasper, Kellun Lutz, Pattinson, the buff werewolves, and so on.
Why can’t men stop running their mouths & go run around the block instead? Hmm?? Burn off those heavy boobs!

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nonamato

Posted at 10:17 PM on January 27, 2012  

and yeah, twilight isn’t anything spectacular either. Lolol!

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nonamato

Posted at 9:26 PM on January 27, 2012  

Why would James Franco be ‘jealous’ with not getting a role in Twilight. To all twatlight / JF Bashers out there: you think your twilight saga is that epic? Suck on that: it’s one of the worst book ever written in the 21st century.

Get over it, twilight’s nothing!

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Emily

Posted at 9:07 PM on January 14, 2012  

Promoting pregnancy? Really? I’m 18 and also a huge fan of the Twilight Saga and I truly believe there is no way that I might be even thinking in teenage sex or pregnancy for read the books or watch the movies. If you watch Titanic, you can see a sex scene between Jack and Rose, who was 18 too. Of course, no one said that Titanic was promoting teenage sex.

Frankly, I think the most important concept Twilight is promoting is eternal and also true love, which is actually not very common in our time.

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Diana

Posted at 5:54 PM on December 19, 2011  

Mr. Franco, only one of the protagonists has reached the age of eighteen; the other is well over one hundred years old!

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Anony

Posted at 8:49 PM on December 17, 2011  

How come Rob P. bashes the franchise as the day is long and no one gets mad at him but JF says this and all hell breaks loose? I’d be more upset and heart broken if I heard that Jensen and Jared hate Supernatural than hearing that Ian Somerhalder does. Not saying that Ian does, just making a point. Me thinks you should love what you do.

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Anonymous

Posted at 11:26 PM on December 15, 2011  

Dear loser:
I hope you know how desperate and immature you are. You sound like a jealous wannabe. You would have been doing the exact same thing…..well, if you made it of course… Oh well. :)

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Texan y'all

Posted at 7:44 PM on December 15, 2011  

I wish he had been in it b/c he would have made one heck of a sexy vampire!! His looks are made for that role of a seductive blood sucker. Finally have a real man in these silly movies. Oh well, why discredit his career with Twilight on his resume??
I agree with him and his review, by the way.

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That's why they call me Ranty

Posted at 3:14 PM on December 15, 2011  

Makes me love James Franco even more! In my humble opinion, twilight receives a lot of backlash because SOME of their fans don’t express themselves eloquently and so it’s easier to pick on them. Every fan base has these kinds of fans though it’s just that Twilight is super out there right now. I lost my point but either way..I can honestly see where he’s coming from even if I’m a fan of the trio. KStew more because I love most of her indie films…and quit picking on him until anyone from the saga has accomplished as much as he has! Lol

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Rebecca

Posted at 1:50 AM on December 15, 2011  

I also wanted to let you all know about breaking dawn part 2 It is going to be exciting :)
breakingdawnpart2.blogspot.com

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Rebecca

Posted at 1:17 AM on December 15, 2011  

I would have to say Twilight is on of my favorite movies. I am really excited that there will be a part two. I think as long as you ignore some of the faults of Twilight you will see a romantic story. Anyone know anything about part two?

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Sasha

Posted at 12:04 AM on December 15, 2011  

For those who think James Franco is just jealous, please grow up. The kind of films James Franco does, the entire Twilight series can’t deliver in 10 years (and not in terms of Box Office records, but actual quality). True, his films don’t cater to those who find heaving chests, heavy breathing and awkward expressions exciting, and he is not as commercial and mainstream as Pattinson and Lautner (I don’t think Kirsten Stewart is very commercial, her movie choices, besides the joke-of-a-success Twilight films, are very indie), but the guy (Franco) can act. He can’t host to save his life, and his acting skills can’t be debated. I painfully sat through 127 hours. I say painfully not because it was horrible, but because he was so ridiculously talented that his pain was physically and emotionally painful to watch. Even the films that have gone on to be commercial successes, you would see that James Franco’s acting is powerful, understated and honest. He doesn’t act in a way that would make him look like a hunk that would put tweens into a screaming fit (Spider Man 1 and 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Pineapple Express). He was top-notch in James Dean. And he ACTUALLY takes his movies seriously… like a work of art. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that he went to Yale and Columbia to study the arts. I am not saying that none of the actors in Twilight are bad actors; it’s just that the Twilight series is genuinely not as powerful a product… no matter how big a deal anyone makes of it. I mean some people need to seriously grow up. The Twilight series is nothing but a fad. You guys make a big deal about a stupid honeymoon scene, which wasn’t even half as powerful or intense as the sex scene in Atonement. You guys go on and on about Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson’s oh-so-awesome bodies, when that is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT to their acting! Besides, the Twilight book series is a complete piece of money-minting garbage. It has such poor sentence structures, such immature, childish descriptions (“perfect” is the word being constantly used to describe the Edward)! And for those who will now say that who am I to talk, I haven’t been a best seller, well then let me add that you don’t have to be a writer to tell the difference between a well-written book and a book that you know will make money no matter how crappy its content is… you have to be a critical reader.

@Wooz… I’m the other person who has watched 127 hours and loved it. And true, I have watched the Twilight movies on more than one occasion. Not because I loved them, but because that’s what makes my teenage siblings happy.

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Shaddupp, Franco

Posted at 8:59 PM on February 25, 2012  

Dear Fool,

We don’t need a run-down on James Franco’s filmography. He has done nothing of merit & now has man-boobs. The end.

Short & to the point. You ought to try it sometime.

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robynzombie

Posted at 1:05 PM on December 31, 2013  

Shaddup, you are a cunt. That is all

 
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Woodz

Posted at 9:10 PM on December 14, 2011  

Don’t know one other person that saw 127 hours……..could name dozens of people who have seen the Twilight movies and of them, most went numerous times. Take that and chew on it

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Amber

Posted at 12:58 AM on December 15, 2011  

The difference is that 127 hours is actually a good film. Twilight is a joke. That’s why it will never be up for an award that actually matters (no I do not include mtv movie awards bc lets face it, all it is is a bunch of twihards voting constantly for anything Twilight related). Last I checked 127 hours had 6 Oscar nominations. How many does Twilight have? You take that and chew on it.

Also, the only reason Twilight does so well in the box office is because twihards see it numerous times. You said it yourself. It’s not drawing in new viewers or anything.

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Juliana

Posted at 3:12 AM on December 15, 2011  

Woods- I guess I am the 3rd other person that saw 127 hours and loved it and Franco’s performance. So the Academy voters who nominated him for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Plus Franco won a GOlden Globe for Best Actor for James Dean. But I guess other “Tweens” like you don’t bother to pay attention to things like that. I don’t see an Academy Award nomination for the Twilight movies or the actors anytime this century. But they will always have the MTV awards for Best Kis, Muscle Flexing and Tormented Glances.
TAKE THAT AND CHEW ON IT.

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Kenny Powers

Posted at 4:07 AM on December 15, 2011  

Lol woodz just shut it, go to your room, and let the grown ups talk, lil chew on that sucks. You just keep getting owned, you must be a kid. Seriously, you said nobody saw 127 hours? You moron, you must be in middle school or too young to see an R rated movie. The reason I saw 127 hours, is because so many of my friends and co-workers saw and praised the movie. Not impressed that a bunch of obsessive teenage girls couldn’t stop watching a lame movie with dudes that make them all “tingly” inside.

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fishoow

Posted at 6:58 AM on January 15, 2012  

I honestly like the twilight movies there fun little getaways. But most of James francos movies are fabo hes smart and sexy. Why he feels the need bash twilight is beyond me. There is room my Dvr for eclipse and pinnaple express.

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Ronny

Posted at 8:44 PM on December 14, 2011  

Its just an opinion and just like buttholes, everybody has one. LoL. I think James Franco is entitled to say whatever. He’s a great actor. I love, love the Twilight Saga. Im not a teenager either. Let’s just all simmer down.

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robynzombie

Posted at 1:08 PM on December 31, 2013  

Wow. you are the only twilight fan that is not buthurt. Amazing

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les

Posted at 8:23 PM on December 14, 2011  

EEEWWW!!! franco is too goddamn good of an actor to be casted on that godforsaken twilight film with nothing but floppy actors! kristen couldnt even act and so as that pattinson, poker faced stewart sucks! and by the way any movie is not as GAY as twilight!LOL!!!seeing the comment of this pathetic biatches saying twilight is the best film ever?are you effing kidding me???!!! no wonder people see you as MORONS! never will these actors have an best actor award cause they suck!

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Betty b

Posted at 8:12 PM on December 14, 2011  

Wait … I believe James Franco “wanted” to be cast in the Twilight Saga…his review of Breaking Dawn seems to reveal some bitterness. Perhaps because Twilight did not “want” him. As for nominations for awards, those are a dime a dozen. Most of those “awards” end up as bathroom ornaments, yard sales or on auction blocks.
Twilight is a fantasy movie, which happens to be the thrid largest worldwide box office hit of 2011. Per fans who love the Saga.

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Kenny Powers

Posted at 3:50 AM on December 15, 2011  

Lol is that right? He’s also won golden globes and SAG awards, not to mention other film festival awards, so he’s not a one hit wonder. I’d rather win an Oscar and other respectable awards than win an MTV movie award or be apart of a crappy box office hit that gets slammed by most critics and people with sanity. Twilight is popular because teenage girls can’t help themselves when attractive men star in a romantic fantasy. You dissing “dime a dozen” awards is as ridiculous as

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Kenny Powers

Posted at 3:51 AM on December 15, 2011  

Lol is that right? He’s also won golden globes and SAG awards, not to mention other film festival awards, so he’s not a one hit wonder. I’d rather win an Oscar and other respectable awards than win an MTV movie award or be apart of a crappy box office hit that gets slammed by most critics and people with sanity. Twilight is popular because teenage girls can’t help themselves when attractive men star in a romantic fantasy. You dissing the Academy Awards as a “dime a dozen” awards is as ridiculous as being a fan of Twilight lol.

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Shaddupp, Franco

Posted at 9:04 PM on February 25, 2012  

So how many “awards” do you have in your “own” bathroom since they are “dime a dozen”. Or do you use your maltitude of awards to decorate your Christmas tree with since Golden Globes & Academy Awards are so often used as “ornaments”?? You sound like a fool, you know that?

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Shaddupp, Franco

Posted at 9:16 PM on February 25, 2012  

Err., I meant “MULTITUDE”, not “Maltitude”

I love this site!

 
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Kenny Powers

Posted at 5:13 PM on December 14, 2011  

Lol @ this article and some of you idiot posters calling Franco jealous and discrediting his work. He auditioned for the role having no idea how lame the saga is, he didn’t read the books. And people do care about Franco, ask every Hollywood director that puts him in their blockbuster films.. Oh and he was nominated for an Oscar, something NONE of the Twilight “actors” will EVER be nominated for. Twilight fans are the worst.

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MrsSpankMePink

Posted at 7:39 PM on December 14, 2011  

Actually, he did know a lot about the series. He has admitted multiple times that he has read and enjoyed the books and liked the movie series. Therefore, yeah, I think he was a little bitter that he was turned down. Bill Condon even had to put out a statement of why he was, because there was so much drama around the decision. Is Franco a great actor? Yes. Has he come far and grown as an artist? Yes. However, that does not negate the fact he wanted a role, they said no, and now he got a chance lash out with his “review”. This was oozing with bias thoughts.

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David

Posted at 8:48 PM on December 14, 2011  

Well said.

 
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Amber

Posted at 1:06 AM on December 15, 2011  

Did you stop to think that maybe the reason he wrote this review was because the movie is crap? Maybe he did enjoy the books and the series (although I havent ever read anything about him saying those words, just saying) and maybe this one fell short of the low standard the other films set. A ton of critics have given this movie a bad review. It shouldnt come as a surprise that Franco did to. You should actually read what he said about being in Twilight. An undergraduate was going to do a play with him as a Twilight character in it and he thought it would be cool if he was actually part of the Twilight movies. No where in it does he say he was dying to be in the film like everyone is making it seem like.

 
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Juliana

Posted at 2:07 PM on December 15, 2011  

Well said!!

 
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Shaddupp, Franco

Posted at 9:38 PM on February 25, 2012  

Amber, some would say the Spiderman franchise Franco was in was crap. I personally don’t think it was but it was popcorn fluff along the Twilight vein, pumped out for cash by studios. Let’s not be hasty & forget that.

Was his acting superb in those films? No.
Did he garner any Oscar nods for his participation? No.
Did he get a fat paycheck for his participation? Probably.

 
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Juliana

Posted at 5:55 PM on December 15, 2011  

Actually, I don’t think he even auditioned. Through a mutual friend or business assoc, he made it known that he wouldn’t mind a small role as a vampire or something if possible. He was doing some school project with other students regarding a vampire story. He thought much like his General Hospital gig, it would be an example of “performance art” or life imitating art. But the Twilight producer couldn’t think of a good way to use him. so it never happened. I highly doubt he wanted to jump off a bridge when it didn’t come to pass. It was just something he thought would be interesting to do,along with the school project and he had read some of the books. It didn’t work out so no big deal.
He is just being honest in his review, as reviewers are supposed to be. SO I guess all you Twilight fans must think the other 95% of critics that panned this movie are just “jealous” too??

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Shaddupp,Franco

Posted at 9:12 PM on February 25, 2012  

Kenny, Twilight actress Anna Kendrick received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Nathalie Keener in the film Up In The Air. I think in either 2011 or 2010.

She normally plays JESSICA FROM TWILIGHT (Bella’s close friend). Damn, maybe do some research?? Just a little, teensy, teensy bit??

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LadyEpic

Posted at 5:05 PM on December 14, 2011  

Someone is a little bitter, aren’t they?

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Kenny Powers

Posted at 7:09 PM on December 14, 2011  

Actually you twilight fan girls (if you are one) are the bitter ones. Why would James Franco be bitter? Look at his resume, seriously are you 13 or something? James has a little thing called longevity, something no one in Twilight has, neither will the author.

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james

Posted at 4:23 PM on December 14, 2011  

i think he’s right (not for those reasons) twilight is nothing compared to real films like the godfather, citizen kane or the shawshank redemption

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Kelley

Posted at 4:10 PM on December 14, 2011  

He is totally jelous

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Woods

Posted at 3:29 PM on December 14, 2011  

James Franko……what has he ever done that’s impressive??? NOTHING. Love hearing these losers that love to bash the ONE movie they all wish they had been in. Maybe if they cry loud enough someone might remember who they are, NOT.

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james

Posted at 4:21 PM on December 14, 2011  

um… 127 hours was fantastic and james franco was brilliant

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Juliana

Posted at 2:13 PM on December 15, 2011  

He has enough going on in his career and life than to waste time on a all “walki on” role that didn’t work out. He is only saying what all the other critics and most of the rational gen public who wastedthe time and $ to see it agree on. My dtr
Who loved the books and the first movie said this one was the WORST.

 
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Juliana

Posted at 2:17 PM on December 15, 2011  

“walk on” I mean. As someone said previously it was just a fun thing for him to try as he was doing some school project, not like he needed it to pay his bills or something.

 
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Tony0781

Posted at 3:23 PM on December 14, 2011  

I would say… Jealous. Since the spider-man franchise he was apart of went to the big Hollywood shredder, no one cares who he is anymore or what movie he is in next.

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Stella

Posted at 3:22 PM on December 14, 2011  

@ M. Franco, do I see the GREEN EYED MONSTER rearing it’s ugly head?! If you don’t approve of the message this franchise is sending, why did you try out for a part? At least they were married before they “got it on”, unlike intoday’s society. You’re jealous that couldn’t be a part of this franchise…

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c

Posted at 3:17 PM on December 14, 2011  

lets be realistic – none of the twilight films are anything especially spectacular, entertaining sure but thats about it

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