James Franco Hated Making ‘Tristan + Isolde’

April 20th, 2012 // 93 Comments
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“God, where do I begin? For starters, they wouldn’t let my character fight Spider-Man which was bullshit…”

It’s always cool to read stories about actors being completely candid about working on movies that were obvious pieces of shit and being honest enough to say, “Yeah, it was a piece of shit.” Except there’s also a fine line that needs to be walked between refreshing candor and bitching about getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to play dress up and not enough people respecting the rich, delicious aromas wafting out of your anus. So you’ll be surprised to learn James Franco has no fucking clue what that line is as evidenced by his latest wank for The Daily Beast where he whines about Tristan + Isolde and manages to shit all over the medical community of Prague. So for your convenience, I pulled some choice quotes and then offered up my translation of what James Franco really meant, but in simpler, less fart-sniffing terms:

I signed on to the project nine months in advance, and spent every day sword fighting in the backyard of my girlfriend at the time, Marla Sokoloff. I had martial-arts trainers and we’d make sword-fighting videos back there, and then I’d go over to Griffith Park and ride these Andalusian movie horses through the hills. When I got out to Ireland to shoot, they said they had a new version of the script and all the Braveheart-style battle scenes were changed to stealthy murders. All the training I did was useless.

Translation: Have I mentioned I fucked Marla Sokoloff? I fucked Marla Sokoloff.

The movie was produced by Ridley Scott, and he always said, “Kevin Reynolds is a visual director, the script is good, and he’ll deliver the movie.” But I think our personalities just didn’t jibe. [Kevin] had the idea that my character would be more jovial, and I thought he was tragic. He was like, “James, I need you to smile in this scene.” And I said, “No. My character has no reason to be happy.” He said, “James, you can’t keep playing James Dean,” and I replied, “Kevin, you can’t keep making Robin Hood.” That kind of summed up our troubles. Plus, Ridley was off shooting Kingdom of Heaven, so he didn’t help much.

Translation: Dude, this one time I zinged this director so good he quit directing movies. [Ed. Note: This is actually true. Kevin Reynolds never directed another movie again after Tristan + Isolde, so read into that about what it's like putting up with James Franco as much as you like. - SW]

The lesson was that I will never do a movie again that I don’t have a special feeling for. I know now that you feel it somewhere in your gut when you believe in a movie, and that’s why you should do it. Don’t do a movie you wouldn’t see or don’t believe in, because movies can be hell to make.

Translation: My parents paid my rent a lot, so I just assume every actor can turn down paying jobs to star in their dream projects. Mine of course being a short film where I walk around Paris with a cock on my nose and at the end Gucci hands me a fat check. Seriously, anyone can do it.

Photos: Splash News


  1. Johnny P!

    Too bad. He really has the makings of a “Renaissance Man’.
    Full-time student for advanced degrees while acting, writing, directing, giving lectures, participating in live ‘performance art’, collaborating with other artists in various mediums, etc.
    If only he weren’t such a pretentious douche, kids could actually look up to him.

    • Cher X

      Yeah too bad, Course he does things like doesn’t show up to almost all of his classes and the teacher gets fired for not passing him. Oscars anyone? And he’s a pretentious twat who disses all of his projects because he’s too cool….

      Awww shit he’s not a renaissance man at all! He’s just a douche. There cleared it up for you.

      • Harriscandoit

        Ya he missed class (acting classes) shooting a Movie that got him nominated for best actor. A professor that has done nothing of the kind wanted to fail him for doing what most actors can only dream off (jealousy anyone?) Its like failing a student who attends law school for winning of the biggest trials of the year because he missed some classes. Get real.

      • No, it means if you don’t show up for the fucking classes and do the fucking work — like the people who have taken out loans, are working full-time, or otherwise having to bust their asses to pay tuition because they’re not spoiled, rich actors — you shouldn’t get the grades. Lots of people have to work and go to school at the same time; the school makes no special provisions for them. The school not only should have upheld the professor’s decision to fail him, they should have laughed in Franco’s face when he whined about being treated like an actual student instead of a spoiled brat with a vanity project.

    • Jethro

      If he attended any of the classes or did the work himself instead of hiring people to write his papers people might take him seriously. When the campus post writes weekly about how you try to hire to write your work it looks bad to the staff you work with.

  2. He must be the King of 4/20

  3. Richard McBeef, MD - Board Certified Gynecologist

    So you no like those russian posts, fish? Two KGB agents were killed because they never received the coded messages you deleted. Meh, they were as good as dead anyways.

    Soooo, lemme know when the ban on Beef ends so I can mark it on my calendar.


    Richard J. McBeef, MD

    • what the fuck are you babbling about?

      • McBeef posted “love those boobs” in Russian (Cyrillic lettering and all) on a Scarlett-Johansson-in-Moscow post a couple days ago. Fish deleted it for some reason, and I don’t know, slapped a gag on his posts for a day or two, it looks like.

        Frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t gotten one of those gags yet.

      • Richard McBeef, MD - Board Certified Gynecologist

        Remember last time we both got gagged, tommy?


      • Frank Burns

        You want I should break out my old “Where’s the beef?” t-shirts? I promise to wear them, with nothing else on, and provide a lot of candid shots of me bending over to pick stuff up off the floor.

      • Hey! I thought we agreed that that was to stay between you, me, and Mr. Lived-the-Rest-of-His-Short-Ass-Life-in-Agonizing-Pain rapist there.

      • pinto

        your website just gave me a virus, not cool

      • Richard McBeef, MD - Board Certified Gynecologist

        lies. your fringe pornography fetish and internet explorer use don’t mix, pintobeans

      • weldon

        dont click that its a virus that shit shut down my laptop and i cant turn it back on

      • It’s not personal, McBeef – the spam filter is set to detect Cyrillic, Greek and other characters that the asshole spammers resort to in order to get around the basic filter.

        And I bet TomFrank forgot to tell you that he shared the photos. Your left side is definitely your best.

      • Jack Damnsey

        Richard McBeef Md your friends trying to explain your insane behavior is really sad.

      • Fuego

        This guy is kind of crazy, he is saying that Richard McBeef is TomFrank and Fletch is Frank Burns. He is saying all of this was because Ricard McBeef got banned from here but he came back to say to the webdoctor to fuck his fathers ass. That’s not a nice thing to say, when you are banned you do not have the rights to come in and say fuck your fathers ass. Richard McBeef is banned from here so why does he come back to say fuck him in the ass?

    • Rubber

      Wow! So Richard McBeef, MD – Board Certified Gynecologist you were banned from a website and you came back to taunt the webmaster. That’s just fucking brilliant! Did you happen to know it’s a federal offense? I guess you didn’t.

      Congratulations, welcome to the list. Oh you were probably on it already weren’t you? Nothing better to do but sit at your computer, drool and antagonize administers of the websites you frequent. That’s not annoying to deal with at all.

      Keep crying about your ban.

      • Richard McBeef, MD - Board Certified Gynecologist

        10 bucks says you are a greasy sausage fingered sack of fermented dog shit that also happens to be a website administrator. you masturbate furiously to your grandiose delusions of power that you have because you can put people on ‘the list’ and oh yeah, you could totally call the FBI and have someone arrested for a federal offense. fucking really? you can bury that notion a foot deep up your ass right next to the frothy load of thick stranded semen your dad dumped in there this morning.

      • Jesse

        I don’t get it why were you banned

      • Kimmy

        You were banned because you said Fish gets fucked in the ass by his father? That doesn’t make sense

      • Robert

        why are you telling fish to get fucked by his father in the ass? thats not cool, you need to chill the fuck out i dont give a fuck what doctor you are

      • kimmykimkim

        No, you guys, Rubber is the one who gets fucked by his dad!

      • Valencia

        i get that your made that you are band but dont say this guy gets fucked by his father in the ass. i love this website its very funny okay? thesuperfishial works very hard to make this all for you and its free. you dont have a right to say his father fuck him in the ass. you should apologize to the superfishial

      • Fear

        Richard McBeef, MD – Board Certified Gynecologist said “… up your ass right next to the frothy load of thick stranded semen your dad dumped in there this morning”

        You’re a real tough guy.

      • Joey D.

        Okay this is a James Franco post about James Franco, you know that right? When you come and post to tell everyone that you got banned you look pretty stupid. Number one nobody really cares that you got banned from an internet site and number two you should not say that you want the person who banned you to get fucked in the ass by his father, that’s not good.
        Complaining to the person that threw you out of the club by saying you hope they get fucked in the ass by their father is not going to get you back into the club. That’s a bad comparison but I think you know what I mean.
        You got banned, well okay you are back posting here aren’t you. Why tell the guy you are going to have him killed or something with the kgb and fbi. You know really when you start to threaten people with the fbi and the kgb you just come off as a crazy person.
        Why dont you try saying you are sorry to the guy who runs this website for saying you wanted his father to fuck him in the ass then maybe you wont be kicked out anymore.

      • Not that it’s any of my bussiness but saying the guy that runs this website gets fucked in butt by his dad is kind of lame. No one is making you come here, why not save yourself the pain and stop logging in?

      • Maria

        I don’t think you get it, he’s not saying he wants his father to fuck him in the butt he is saying he wants to have him killed for banning him. Read what he typed there and what he put in the link, he is saying that if Fish doesnt do what he says then he is going to kill him. It’s not that richard mcbeef wants fish to get fucked by his father it’s that richard mcbeef wants to kill fish if he doesn un-ban him.

      • Raggedy Ann

        is Rubber the superfish?

    • Frank Burns

      Maybe the use of foreign characters put you afoul of some blog anti-spam software?

    • Todd J

      Fish banned you because you said his father fucked him the ass? You probably should get over it.

      • ricky

        No, why dont read what it says? Fish banned him because he said he was going to get the kgb after him, but he comes back to say he is going to come after fish with his friend. they have a website that says hes going to kill him like in the movie with john travolta. its looks like a joke but then he says he is that fishs father blew sperm in his ass with the fbi. I dont know what that part is but hes just mad that hes banned.

    • Richard McBeef, MD – Board Certified Gynecologist you’re telling Fish to shove the FBI up his ass along with his father’s semen? Boy you need to cool your jets and calm the hell down. No one here wants to cause you any trouble. Whatever you think your problem is has nothing to do with the folks at this website.

      You need to log off and calm down. Have yourself a nice day outside for a while.

    • Patty

      I don’t understand. You want the administrator of this website to shove the FBI up his ass along wish his father’s semen and then UNBAN you?

      What the fuck is wrong with you?

      • kimmykimkim

        Bahahaha! Hey, Beef! Cool your jets, bro! Ahahaha! Damn. That’s pretty fucking funny. And what’s up with everybody’s reading comprehension today? You didn’t say anything about fish getting fucked by his father! See, people, this is how rumors get started! It’ll be ok Sweet Meat! There, there.

        Let the thumbs down begin.

    • Baldoot

      Hey there, “Sausage McMuffin MD – Board Certified Proctologist”,
      I can see how Fish temporarily banning your comments after you wrote “nice boobs” in cyrillic might be a head scratcher. And I’m glad TomFrank cleared up that mystery for us.
      But, bear in mind, the Superficial is a fun, often funny, light look at Celebrity, with occasional pointed social commentary.
      Your puerile, juvenile, angst/rage profanity-laced reply to Rubber were way out of line.
      We come here after a long day/week of work to see some hot pix, see some embarrassing pix, have a laugh, and sometimes try our hand at a good/funny caption.
      Sometimes, when the subject matter gets serious, we come here to opine and throw in our two cents’ worth.
      You know the drill.
      So that comment was really, really wrong and stupid.
      I hope you don’t trip pensioners or throw kids into traffic this weekend if one of your wittier comments doesn’t end up in this Saturday’s “Most Important People On The Internet” recap.

      • Richard McBeef, MD - Board Certified Gynecologist

        thank you for the instructional manual, baldoot, ya dumb limey.

        do you kids really think i’m butthurt about the ban? i mean considering all i have to do is change my name, or add board certified gynecologist to it? really? that its that big of fucking deal? yeah, no.

        I’ll stand by my commentary for Rubber, whose father should have used one.

      • Cat Lady

        I think we all need to rally behind and show our support for Richard McBeef in his time of need. Where are all his good buddies? I’m here for you Beefmeister, and I want everyone to know that. Richard McBeed has been a long time poster at thesuperficial for nearly two months, maybe even three.
        Richard McBeef I stand by you as you struggle through your trouble though it seems some try to hold you down I ask everyone to come help you up.

      • I choose to blame James Franco for all this, along with a disturbing lack of reading comprehension skills on the part of some.

      • Definitely not Richard McBeef

        I thought that the part about the russian, the coded messages, and the dead KGB agents would convey that my ban complaint was tongue-in-cheek, but apparently not. Either way, more lols have been generated from this than I could have ever hoped.

        Goodnight…..folks! I’ll see y’all on Monday.

        *rapidly clicking refresh button*

      • Doughnut Boy

        Right, then you went on to call Baldoot a dumb limey “baldoot, ya dumb limey” which is a hate crime and a felony now. It’s a felony to use hate speech on the internet against another person or set of people. A felony that is taken very seriously and a crime you seem to be all too familiar with.
        Hate crimes like this are used to show aggressive force and often are accompanied by violent acts. The violent acts in this case are when you Richard McBeef threatened with death the owner of this blog.

      • Lilly

        You made a post to tell people that you have banned banned. When people reply to your post you attack them in the most sick and inhumane way possible. No doubt you’ll be back Monday but keep in mind the URL says thesuperficial.com not richardmcbeefdramaqueen.com

      • No, we think you’re butthurt because you’ve come back and won’t shut the fuck up about it. Typically people who aren’t really butthurt don’t see the need to air a manifesto about it.

    • Jethro

      Why are you causing trouble on a gossip website, Are you mentally challenged? At some point in your childhood were you dropped on your head? What is wrong with you??

    • Colon

      I’ve been on the internet for a long time but this is a first for me. McBeef you want Fish to shove the fbi up his ass along with his fathers semen and then notify you when he lifts your ban, these are your demands to this website thesuperficial. I’ve never seen anyone do that, I think you should win an award for being extra special. Do you also get mad when your diaper isn’t changed?

    • deer park

      This is a really long post so I didn’t read most of it but you got banned and now you’re coming back every 10 minutes to tell random people off.
      Okay you got banned, maybe your fault and you are coming back the same post to comment and tell people that reply to your post about you being banned that THEY are dumb. You Richard McBeef created a post here demanding the WEBMASTER notify you when your ban is lifted. Well that’s just balls.

      I can see why you keep coming back and checking to see what people have left for you to read here. You’re banned so naturally you want to come back to the website you were banned from to read and post messages. What else did you do today? Is this all that’s on the Doctors schedule for today, refreshing your ban post?

    • LOL, holy shit, Doc.

      If it’s any consolation, I’ll bet that the dozen people who all “misread” that it was Fish you were telling to shove something up his ass were probably all the same person, and quite possibly the same person who has been mass-thumbing down our comments around the site lately. But probably not the two who think you posted to “taunt” or “demand” something from The Superficial—they just have no sense of humor between them.

    • Jenkins

      Hey man saying you’re gonna kill Fish if he bans you again is just freaking stupid. You got no right to talk to the Fish like that Richard Mcbeef, you can threaten everybody else here that replies to your post but frankly I don’t care how angry you get. You don’t threaten to kill someone just because you can’t post your little jokes.

    • This is all very confusing but clearly you are not banned because you are here typing your nonsense. You should apologize to Fish for killing him and saying his father fxxked him in the bottom. That is not a nice thing to say. I dont understand what you said about the FBI but I know that you probably should not say bad things about the FBI either.Rchard Mcbeef you have a problem with being violent to people, all these people here are saying to you its funny and to keep going but it is very serious to threating to kill someone.

      dont say ever again you want FIshes father to fxxked him in the bottom, that is wrong to say. If youre banned from the internet you have to deal with your problem and not get violent at peoples okay bro?

    • Error Report

      I dont get it, why are you killing KGB agents and then telling people about it? And then youre talking about fucking up the FBI in someones ass or some crazy shit. You shouldn’t be on the internet.

    • Just now seeing this thread and HOLY SHIT, people. McBeef is definitely not banned. Really boring explanation with ass raping results: Apparently I marked one of his comments as Spam because it was written in Russian. (Sorry, 99.9% a comment is in Russia it’s followed by Spam. Total reflex action.) After doing that, some of his comments started getting auto-filtered as Spam until I shoved them back in. That should stop happening less and less, but every once in a while our filter gets sensitive. For example, regulars like justifiable and TomFrank have found themselves occasionally auto-moderated just for frequency of comments. It’s fucking annoying to say the least but it apparently it leads to an hours-long conversation about the FBI helping my dad fuck me in the ass. I’m honestly just impressed at the amount of subplots here.

      Also, kudos, TomFrank because Dick Meat MD, ricky, Fuego, Maria, Error Report, Joey D., Serena66, Jenkins, Doughnot Boy, cecil, deer park, Cat Lady, Colon, Dan F, Fear, Jack Damnsey, Lilly are all the same person.

  4. Crissy

    I must be a little off because it’s Friday, but does that mask look like a bunch of balls to anyone else?!!!

  5. he “manages to shits”? that’s quite a feat

  6. Tristan & Isolde must have sucked really hard, because I completely forgot that it already came out (six years ago) and thought it was an upcoming movie. (By the way, it’s an ampersand, not a plus sign in the title. This wasn’t Romeo + Juliet.)

    That being said, Kevin Reynolds has a pretty crappy track record as a director, so Tristan probably deserves to be shat on. Remember, this is the guy who gave us Waterworld—at least before his one-time BFF Kevin Costner forced him off the movie.

    By the way, Reynolds just finished directing a Hatfields-and-McCoys miniseries for The History Channel, so he didn’t exactly leave the biz. Oh, and it’s with Kevin Costner, so apparently they patched things up.

  7. @Have I mentioned I fucked Marla Sokoloff? I fucked Marla Sokoloff.

    Sure you did Franco, sure you did.

  8. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    Childhood actors have always treated people like shit because their fans love them and they believe they will never lose their fame, money or power. James Franco’s criminal record, criminal friends and proficient drug use probably have lead him to believe he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Treating people like garbage is what James Franco is best at.

    Mel Gibson
    Charlie Sheen
    James Franco

  9. SWG

    So much arrogance coming from the rich man’s version of Hayden Christensen.

  10. Frank Burns

    On his first complaint, I kind of agree with Franco. Nobody likes a “bait and switch” job where you are told one thing about a job, then surprise, its something else. On the other hand, I’d think a huge paycheck would help one get over it pretty quick.

  11. LokiaS

    “My parents paid my rent a lot, so I just assume every actor can turn down paying jobs to star in their dream projects. Mine of course being a short film where I walk around Paris with a cock on my nose and at the end Gucci hands me a fat check. Seriously, anyone can do it.”

    Um, sorry man. Franco dropped out of UCLA and was living on a sofa while working in McDonald’s while he hunted for acting work.

  12. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    “Yeah, we’re all doing this low-budget indie superhero film called Masked Men. I’m real excited about it right now, but I’ll probably grow bored with it midway, and only finish it halfheartedly in a very obvious manner.”

  13. “Don’t do a movie you wouldn’t see or don’t believe in…”
    For the love of God, could Mr. Franco please lead an intervention for Adam Sandler!

  14. C’mon…nothing Franco said was not that bad. He takes acting a little more seriously than most, and spoke his mind.

  15. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    “What’s my motivation? C’mon, Franco!”

  16. This was the guy from “Pineapple Express” right? Cool. I was all highbrow and fancy and never even knew it.

  17. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    lol he is so fucking stoned

  18. Dick

    “Sword fighting in the backyard of my girlfriend” is the best metaphor for double anal ever.

  19. “When I got out to Ireland to shoot, they said they had a new version of the script and all the Braveheart-style battle scenes were changed to stealthy murders. All the training I did was useless”

    From what I understand you probably could do Braveheart Two with Mel if you gave him a call, put that training to good use.

  20. Okie

    He’s so hot

  21. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    do not listen to this kids James just keep doing what your doing your very talented

  22. zomgbie

    so whats his excuse for the oscars?

  23. Dramatic Puddle

    What I’ve seen of his has been terrible. Maybe instead of running his mouth he should make better choices and then make an effort when acting? Better yet, he should just STFU and GTFO of the business. He’s not that interesting anyway.

  24. Alpo

    I don’t understand, what put this dick on the map? How’d he get to be where he is? He’s not hot, not close to fuckable, dumb, average at best….what’s the pull? Gay mafia? Parents were somebodies? Please, anyone? BTW thanks for the story, T&I was horrible, and he looked like he hated it the whole time, why didn’t they fire him? I need answers people!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Trek Girl

      According to IMDb he is “Best known for his breakthrough role on Freaks and Geeks…” . IMDb also says that “although he’s been working steadily, it wasn’t until the TNT made-for-television movie, James Dean (2001)(TV) that james rose to fan-magazine fame and got to show off his talent.”

      I hope that helps.

  25. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    it looks like he has a scrotum growing out of his head.

  26. Colon

    James is just trying to explain his frustration he underwent while dealing with something beyond his grasp. Everyone probably felt the same way including the Director, these things happen.

  27. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Cat Lady
    Commented on this photo:

    He’s a fun guy and would like to see him come back to tv :D

  28. James Franco Childrens Book The Dangerous Book Four Boys
    Commented on this photo:

    It looks like he is trying not to laugh here. You know when something is funny but it might be inappropriate to laugh in a crowded room about it? That’s what that looks like he’s doing, he’s trying to cover his face as he hold in a laugh. Probably because he’s stoned out of his mind on whatever it is he’s been taking for all of his life.

  29. LordAtama

    Why not post some Marla Sokoloff pictures?

  30. Kat

    Yikes…he seems like kinda a douche. Oh well

  31. jung yung fung

    hes a closet homo.

  32. bridge

    ok seriously, don’t you guys think that EVERY actor feels this? He’s not the only one, he just said it candidly. Yeah actors try to convey to us that “acting” has it’s cons, but not really. money and fame. sometimes their privacy is intruded upon, but they know it’s worth the millions thrown into their pockets, that’s why they continue to do it, and life their lifestyle. don’t think james is any different or more dickish than any other actor, give him a break, or ridicule and call every other actor a dick as well.

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