James Franco's naked butt covers magazine

James Franco is the latest cover boy for Flaunt magazine, and one of the two covers shots features his naked butt. See that NSFW one below. Vulture rightfully asks, “How could it be that this came out two and a half weeks ago and no major site has covered it?” I think it’s partly because nothing James Franco does surprises anyone anymore. But mostly because there’s the feeling that if you’re going to write about his butt being a magazine cover, you should really say something about the heady cover story itself, only you may have no desire to read it.

In short: I genuinely respect that James Franco uses his time learning and creating — it’s so much better than being photographed on daily Starbucks runs — but I don’t always want to hear about what he’s learned or created. Especially when Flaunt sets up the email portion of the interview by saying it “shape-shifted into something almost resembling his art — a journey of dalliances, compass-less and perhaps saying something, perhaps saying nothing at all.” Some people still want to figure Franco out, but I’ll admit what you’re not supposed to, particularly after Franco writes of his varied output, “I don’t think what I’m doing is confusing … What is confusing is that I’m an actor in mainstream film and the people that usually comment on mainstream film are idiots, and they don’t try to think outside of their pop-culture commentaries”: He’s too much work for me. I’d rather use that brainpower elsewhere, somewhere I know that something is being said.

Am I proud of that? No. I want to be one of those people who loves movies with ambiguous endings. But I’m not. I want to form my own opinion of what happened, but I also, at some point, want to know what the filmmakers, the people who lived with this story for years and created the characters, believe happened. Then I can form an opinion on the making of their decision, too. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting answers, as long as you take that last step.

What about you? Are you still interested in the mystery that is James Franco’s mind or just in seeing the end product?

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  • Morgan

    i’d rim it.

    • Nick T

      HAHAHAHA! (me too though!)

      • brad


    • Strepsi

      The store clerk respectfully asks that you stop licking the magazines.

      On another note, I wonder what the fragrance insert is ?

      • Stacie

        Is it like God’s vagina?

    • brad

      I’d definitely toss that salad. He is my idea of way sexy.

  • Bishoff


  • Dan

    I bet GLAAD doesn’t argue about that one!

  • amy

    Looks hairy! lol

  • ewww..

    hisvbut and face look the same

  • Bobby’s Robot

    yes please

  • jk

    here come all the gays….

  • Kat

    …Franco has a tramp stamp?

    • Mitch

      Can’t tell if you’re trolling or just an idiot.

      • Juliana

        i vote for “idiot”

  • lol

    what happened to him? a few years ago he sort of looked like james dean

    • Juliana

      Still does, just 10 yrs older and wearing his hair naturally curly instead of straight.

  • Juliana

    Looks good to me! I would do anything and everything to that man!

  • Beauty

    Looking GOOOOD! If you don’t want to know about what he’s learning or creating then don’t read about him it’s just that simple.

  • Beauty

    Can I touch it?

    *smacks hands away*

  • LA

    He trys to be different too hard and is way too thin-skinned when ppl don’t agree with his vision. I sort of soo over him. When are his handlers going to tell him that eventually he will affect his bottom line and the studios.

  • K. Porter

    Well I have NO issue with Franco, and I can thoroughly enjoy this article lol! Franco is gorgeous and incredibly talented! There are just a lot of haters out there!

  • S.hyles

    simply lovely…a traffic stopper. Almost borders on vulgar execept that it is too lovely…yum!

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