In a new interview, James Franco reveals the sweaty and gross pic that caused him to quit Instagram.
Franco begins describing that he use to project different identities in order to get reactions, comparing himself to the Kardashians.
“I was testing the bounds,” he tells Variety. “It’s sort of the way I see people like the Kardashians. They are staking out new ground and what these spaces are. They are making a lot of money off of it. What will happen if I do that? And you get reactions.”
He then reveals that one reaction he got from a photo he posted was negative, so that caused him to quit the social media platform all together.
“There was some photo I did. I wasn’t naked. I’m sure Rihanna has posted a bunch more risque photos. It was just the attitude of the photo. It was sweaty. My hand was in my boxers. It just looked gross.”
At the time, Franco had an endorsement deal with Gucci, asked him to not share “any more photos like that.” Right after, Franco officially quit Instagram. But he’s happy he did.
He said: “It’s very liberating. I just got rid of it. When I first got on, it just felt silly.”
“I treated it like it was a joke. You get in that weird seductive space where it feels private, but it’s also public. And you get hooked on the reaction.”
James Franco is promoting the new film The Disaster Artist that he stars in, produced and directed. A biographical comedy-drama, the film is based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name.
The Disaster Artist depicts the meeting and early friendship of Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the actors behind the 2003 cult film The Room, a film often hailed as the Citizen Kane of bad movies.