Nobody Gives James Franco a ‘D’

December 19th, 2011 // 46 Comments
James Franco Tom Felton

“Wait, dude, before I let you in. Are you going to try to kill Harry Potter?”

NYU professor José Angel Santana apparently found himself fired after giving James Franco a “D” when he missed 12 out of 14 “Directing the Actor II” classes i.e. basically went, “I believe my work in Spider-Man 3 should cover it.” Anyway, Santana is suing the university for wrongful termination and accusing it of being nothing more than James Franco’s bauble now. “His precious,” if I may use my own college education to quote the movie of a book I never got around to reading. The New York Post reports:

Santana said he then suffered all kinds of drama — first from Franco, who publicly ridiculed him, then from his department, which axed him over the “D.”
“The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” Santana, 58, told The Post. “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”
Santana, who is suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court for his job back, asserts that Franco, whose career took off after a 2001 portrayal of James Dean, acted like a rebel without a clue in his other courses, too, blowing off just as many classes. But the star’s other professors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts still gave him good grades, Santana said.
Big names such as Franco’s typically translate into big bucks for universities.
After his student gig, Franco, 33, wound up teaching an NYU course this past fall on adapting poetry into short films.
Santana suggested that the good grades Franco received were payback to the actor for hiring one of his other professors, Jay Anania.
Franco hired Anania to write and direct the film “William Vincent,” which starred Franco, the suit states. The film was featured at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
“In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy,” Santana said.

In NYU’s defense, James Franco later went on to create Dicknose in Paris, a Gucci-sponsored video exhibition featuring James Franco walking around with, and here’s the genius, a giant prosthetic dick for a nose. So, really, at the end of the day, NYU owes James Franco money for allowing it to be the place his dick-dreams came to dick-fruition. As for Mr. Santana, again, did you not see Spider-Man 3? James Franco was raw emotion on a flying snowboard of spiritual awakening. I wept.

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  1. Pippy Longcockings

    Unless the “D” stands for “doobie”.

  2. m

    I don’t understand why any school would put up the facade of an actor attending their school. May as well just hand the guy the degree without wasting everyone’s time, making profs give him A’s for never attending and making his assistant sign him up for classes he’ll just skip.

  3. stratacat

    pretty sure kristen stewart is just him in drag doing a finals project about gender stereotypes for this class.

  4. JC

    He missed 12 out of 14 classes? Shouldn’t that be an F?

  5. Bane

    I would have given him an F.

    As in Fuck You.

  6. Venom

    Good, I hope he takes NYU for a shitload of money and they are forced to hire him back. He missed almost every class and was not expelled?
    Franco is a so so actor who is full of himself and thinks he is a lot greater than he really is.

    • That NYU not only wouldn’t expell him for being a no-show is bad enough – OK, times are hard, he’s a draw, I can see them turning a blind eye. But that they’d fire the professor who graded accordingly and fairly, just to appease some no-show actor’s temper tantrum of entitlement, is disgusting. Let him find another academic playpen to shit all over.

    • Sliver

      I completely agree, Venom. He’s like Scarlett Jo-whatever.

  7. whiskeyafternoon

    the D stands for “Douche”, which is clearly deserved.

  8. What happened to TMOPOTI volume 2 over the weekend?

  9. Who would have thought that earning an advanced degree would require so much time spent in the actual classroom?

    • Professor Peabody

      I think he should have just taken one of those on-line diploma mill classes, but why bother, when NYU is obviously just as good.

      The rest of the students have to study and do projects, and all he has to do is show his face for NYU PR. NYU must really be hurting for students. And what kind of University would fire a professor for giving him a higher grade then he deserved. I bet they have great football coaches there, too.

  10. mean tina

    Between his general whatever attitude toward hosting the Oscars and hearing the same about his commitment to school… I hate the guy. And he seems like a self-centered litch bitch that whines about it instead of making an effort. Ugh.

  11. Dan

    If this story is true (and I am guessing it is because I have seen this kind of behavior from prima donna football players), it is pretty pathetic. You have someone who is trying to do their job properly – to make a degree from NYU mean something. Then you have a bunch of people not caring.

    College is about work and showing up to classes. And it sucks. But to blow off classes while others suffer through them and not receive different grades is bullshit.

    Franco, retake the fucking class you twat.

    • dooood

      college has also been a SCAM for a long time.
      it’s a money making racket.
      it has always been the case that you can buy degrees, salaries, status etc.

    • caitlin

      I worked my friggen ass off in college to graduate cum laude and yet I still can’t get a job in this economy. Yet this fool blows off class, makes millions of dollars, and calls himself an artist. I’m over it.

  12. eatme

    James Franco is a likable guy on screen (not so much his personality in real life as far as i know), but shit he is a horrid “actor”. fucking brutal is what i call him. Planet Of The Apes was great despite him, outclassed by a CG monkey. 127 hours? It seems that many people liked this and it isn’t much BUT HIM, so am I the only one that found this so painfully boring that I had to turn it off? James is the poster boy for making a career out of looking like a notable dead celebrity. One of the the luckiest people on earth.

    • Skinny

      I fell asleep during 127 hours. Planet of the Apes was the the last time I spend money on anything this douche is involved in. I’m not sure he’s even worth the downloads

  13. “After his student gig, Franco, 33, wound up teaching an NYU course this past fall on adapting poetry into short films.”

    Oh good. Just what America needs right now.

  14. POWW

    Maybe Franco and ScarJo can get married and then the
    douche and douchess can have little douchette kids.
    I used to think he had talent exceeding his ego.
    hahahaha jokes on me!

  15. EricLr

    Universities do that all the time. How do you think all those Hollywood himbos and bimbos get into ivy-league schools? Anyone who thinks universities don’t give preferential treatment to celebs need only listen to the Brooke Shield’s commentary track on “The Blue Lagoon,” reminding yourself that this women not only got into, but graduated from, PRINCETON.

    • dooood

      didn’t george w bush graduate from yale or harvard or some crap?
      if that isn’t proof enough that universities are bullsh!t, idk what is

    • caitlin

      A handful of celebs are legit though. Jodie Foster went to an Ivy League school and she’s definitely wicked smart. Don’t quote me, but I think she may have taken time off from acting to focus on school too.

    • Myrrh

      The truth is, if you want to be graded fair and square with little to “curving” with real students and professors who work and have families…go to (a good) community college. But that’s not glamorous! I live by Princeton, and I’ve been to Princeton parties…it’s a bunch of rich druggies. The “library” I saw didn’t even have books, it was just empty tables and bookshelves the kids did drugs off of. That’s the real reason why it’s so hard to get into these parties unless you are a student. These schools are notorious for curving grades up and I’m pretty sure they’ve been investigated for it. But these are private institutions, so nothing can really be done.

  16. blah

    I hate that I used to like this douche so much.

  17. SisterRay

    Who cares? It’s NYU. Everyone knows its a mediocre school full of rich little brats.

  18. doc

    Too bad Prof. Santana had to lose his job over not giving in to a whiny little baby.
    Put on your big boy briefs, Franco, and accept your D. You EARNED that grade.

  19. Bee Bee

    I hope nobody is surprised by this. University’s are about money grubbing and nothing else. Over in my country international students are seen as cash cows and they pay 2000-3000 dollars more then local students.

  20. Taylor Swift's Tampon String

    They look like they are about to start ass banging each other…is this what the beginning of a gay porno flick looks like???

  21. Jay

    Come on there were tons of pictures showing him sleep throughout class. If you know you can’t show up, don’t take the course moron, anyone else missing that many days would get an F and probably kicked out. These celebs think they are above it all, pathetic.

  22. There isn’t “tons” of pictures of him sleeping in class. There is one picture, and it’s already been established that that was not even in a class, it was at a late night (optional) lecture.

    Not saying what he did is right (if this story is true), but atleast get the facts straight.

  23. Professor Peabody

    I would have given him an “F”. What a jerk shows up for 2 out of 14 classes, and he probably cheated on the Final Exam, too. I don’t even know why he took the class if he thought he already knew everything. He’s a donkey’s ass.

    • feeble mind

      So I googled this professor and ended up at the faculty page for NYU’s graduate program in film studies. He has a PhD from a funny sounding for-profit college that was accredited in the 90s. Some of the full time faculty only have BAs. I know it’s film, but I would have thought you still need a real academic background, even to be a ‘full time visiting professor’. The quote from the professor about the NYU film program being ‘swag for their own purpose’ is probably true for more than Mr Franco.

  24. Brooke

    The D sounds like the professor was being kind. I would have failed if I had only attended two classes…

  25. forrest gump

    ………..MONEY is bringing some solutions to the united states?

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