In Case You Missed It of the Day: For tips on how to take down his “Renainemesis” James Franco, Stephen Colbert turns to James Franco’s twin brother, Frank Jameso.
See Also: Colbert interviews James Franco: Part 1, Part 2.
I highly suggest you watch at least Part 1. I have a feeling that James Franco is going to be one of those guys we talk about much in the same way as Andy Warhol, if only due to his elaborate volume of celebrity and the brains to back it up.
Through an intense and thorough criticism, Franco has accomplished a worldwide celebrity while at the same time establishing himself as one of the most cultured intellectuals alive. Well, I should say that he currently is establishing himself as such. When all is said and done, the freaking database of artistic knowledge in this dude’s brain is going to give him every opportunity to defend himself from the criticisms he is receiving about abusing his celebrity.
What’s interesting is how much harder he has to work to establish his image as art world intellectual - you’d think being uber-famous and saying the really insightful things he says on camera once would be enough.
I mean, the way he associated Colbert’s obvious comedic power with the analogy of a vessel to spread intelligent opinion, and then connected that to the work of contemporary art, and then defended it as a conceptual art form existing outside of expressive aesthetic and within the boundaries of intellectual discussion (think Andre Breton) is mind-blowing to me. And while he probably came up with this association prior to the conversation’s start (likely while he was smoking weed backstage), he did all of this in one of the most demanding and stressful manners in modern culture: sitting in the interviewee’s chair on the set of The Colbert Report.
I’m excited to see where he goes and will certainly be tracking Franco for the remainder of his career, claiming my Bruin Pride all the way, along with the hundreds of thousands of students who also went to school with him across every artsy campus of high regard in the damn country.