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James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

by Melissa Weller

April 3, 2014 | 1:19 pm

James Franco. Photo by cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

James Franco. Photo by cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar — you’re bound to find something fun.

The Jewish hot stuffs are no exception, as we’re reminded today by the surfacing of suggestive texts and Instagram photos/messages, from a 35-year-old James Franco to a 17-year-old Lucy Clode, of Scotland. On the night of April 1, the teen, who was visiting her mom in New York for her 18th birthday, met Franco during an autograph signing outside the theater where she had just seen his Broadway play “Of Mice and Men.” The two started a rousing game of Instagram tag, which is where the night of almost-passion starts to culminate.

After the two part ways, Franco cuts right to the chase. His messages open with “Where do you live?” and “Do you have a bf?” Lucy seemingly vacillates between star-struck giddiness and disbelief.

“April fools was an hour ago though…”

“It’s me,” insists Franco.

Lucy, unconvinced, asks Franco to send her photographic evidence that he is, in fact, James Franco. He accommodates. More than once. But after a few more exchanges, a “Should I rent a room?” here and a “Tomorrow or Thurs?” there, their night is cut short when Lucy musters up what one can only assume to be outrageous self control, and denies the movie/TV/Broadway heartthrob.

“I’ll come back when I’m 18.”

Hats-off to Franco should this turn out to have just been an April Fool’s prank for the ages, and let this be a reminder of the level of commitment he brings to the table for all his acting endeavors.

For the less optimistic, lest the judgments flow too harshly, keep in mind we’ve all been a sucker for a pretty face with an accent once or twice.

Official opening night for “Of Mice and Men” is April 16 at Longacre Theatre in New York.

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