You know when you read stories about celebrities attending college and graduating with honors even though they’re seemingly making movies every month? They must be really smart. Or not. TMZ reports:
A former NYU professor claims he got the chop because he dared give James Franco a “D” — this according to a new lawsuit. José Angel Santana — who taught Franco in his “Directing the Actor” class — is now suing the University for his job back, claiming he was wrongfully terminated … simply because he gave Franco a low grade. According to the lawsuit, Santana dropped the D on Franco for missing 12 of the 14 classes in the MFA course. No shocker, considering the pic TMZ posted back in 2009 … showing Franco passed out at one of his Columbia classes. When people found out that Santana gave Franco a D, Santana claims he suffered all sorts of public humiliation — at the hands of James Franco … and the University itself, which ultimately fired him. Santana said he was the only professor with the cojones to give Franco a bad grade — insisting other teachers played favorites with Franco, including fellow professor Jay Anania … who Franco hired to write and direct the film “Shadows & Lies.” Santana groused, “In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy.” Santana told the Post, “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”
James Franco showed up high as King Kong’s balls to host the Oscars, so let’s not pretend he was in class like Hilary Swank that time she was trying to free Sam Rockwell from prison. Or like Kim Kardashian in an African Studies class.