Career chameleon James Franco is no stranger to using Instagram drama. One day he's using it to hit on a 17-year-old girl, and the next he's using it to tear down a New York Times critic. Franco is currently starring in a revival of Of Mice and Men with Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester on Broadway, and the reviews are finally in: While most were positive, not all were...like the New York Times' review, courtesy of theater critic Ben Brantley.
Franco, naturally, didn't like this. So, of course, he decided it would be a great idea to publicly humiliate Brantley.
The actor took to Instagram to share his excitement about Variety's review of the play and displeasure with Brantley's take for the New York Times. In a Instagram post Franco called Brantley a "little bitch," and said that should be working for "gawker.com instead of the paper of record."
What ticked Franco off so much? Here are a few choice quotes from the NY Times review:
Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility...
And the last paragraph in the review might sting the most:
Though Mr. Franco musters a single, perfect tear for the play’s tragic climax, I only came close to shedding one. That was in the first act, when a dog (a real one) is led offstage to be shot because it stinks. That dog seemed to have true fear and bewilderment in its eyes. It felt, well, human, in a way none of the people did, and my heart sank when I knew it wouldn’t be coming back.
Franco has since deleted the post.