“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.