Last night at the James hotel, Interview Magazine and James Franco — two of the most overexposed entities in “culture” — joined together to promote Palo Alto, the collection of short stories by James that he wrote while earning one of his 1,000 degrees. You remember, it’s the book with the story they published in Esquire, that had the line “the shadows make it shadow-color“? Yikers. Even having the party at a place called the James now seems like some sort of weird, inside joke that even Franco’s other personalities aren’t finding funny any more. What was the scene like? Our insider had the scoop:
He chatted with strangers and media people wanting to meet him, doing the thing where he asked a bunch of questions to the other person ostensibly as a method to distract said other person from asking him person questions. Based on my conversations with random media peeps who talked to him, I gathered he was curious, amiable and would nicely ask, “Are you going to write something mean about me?” to outlets he didn’t trust.
Also he apparently “liked” the New York magazine article written about him, which, based on reading the article, remains consistent to James method of avoiding direct contact with journalists at parties, leaving writers to pick up gossip about the 27 Hours actor’s life from his assistants and random peoples’ Tumblr.