James Franco is a man of many talents. He’s an actor, filmmaker, artist, author, poet, educator. Well, add another paragraph to his lengthy resumé — he’s also preparing for sainthood. Franco is talking about the artsy-fartsy video he directed for R.E.M.’s “Blue,” which stars Lindsay Lohan as she’s being photographed by creepy Terry Richardson. It’s a music video, big whoop, but Franco makes it sound like it’s a melding of the minds.
James explained to MTV that he had worked on a few projects about actors who have died young, so, of course, Lohan’s name came up. Franco had been writing poems about the Chateau Marmont, some involving permanent fixture Lindsay, so he asked Richardson to shoot some photos of himself with Lindsay.
The shoot was scheduled for the day before he was to host the Oscars, and James ended up bailing on the shoot, but Terry still photographed Lindsay since she was already there. Because, where else would she be?
“I’ve known Lindsay for a while,” Franco told MTV. “It was at a moment where it seemed like she was doing OK. We’d have conversations on the phone, and she seemed like she was doing OK.” And this was in 2011, at a time which seemed like her problems were at an all-time high (though it’s safe to say right now is competing for the most troublesome title).
Now, James said he hasn’t spoken to Lindsay in a “long time because it seemed like she was getting into some more trouble. I’ve tried to help her. I think one of the reasons it’s so hard is when she gets in trouble, she gets all this attention and I’m sure she gets book offers. Like she goes to jail, and instead of feeling like I really hit a low place, she’ll get a crazy offer for her jail memoir.”
I was about to roll my eyes, the way I usually do whenever Franco opens his mouth, but he might have a point here. Yes, Lohan’s a nightmare and always blames everyone else for her troubles, but it probably is hard for her to deal with whatever issue-of-the-moment she’s battling when people like Charlie Sheen are around to throw a cheque her way, or a porn producer is hovering nearby, ready to offer her an icky money-making gig. Band-Aids, though, not actual solutions. But in what way did Franco try to help her, besides the R.E.M. video? Did he try to do a performance art project with her, or maybe he planned to write a book of sonnets with her as the main subject. Not that it matters. Lindsay probably won’t accept any help from James unless it involves getting paid.