The newest idea in James Franco’s ever-expanding spectrum of projects is a short story for the fiction issue of “Vice” magazine, featuring a central character called “Lindsay Lohan”.
The artist still yearns to creatively explore the real story behind the obvious, thus penning a short one entitled “Bungalow 89,” which provides the details on the encounter in question, which Lindsay claims was of sexual nature.
A list of Lohan’s celebrity lovers, on which Franco was featured, leaked online last year. But the Franco in this story, however, is an absolute gentleman.
He claims the actress knocked on his door late at night, and he let her into his room under the condition that they would not have sex and, instead, offered to read her a story. A Salinger story.
“Once upon a time a guy, a Hollywood guy, read some Salinger to a young woman who hadn’t read him before. Let’s call this girl Lindsay. She was a Hollywood girl, but a damaged one. I knew that she would like Salinger, because most young women do… We’re not going to have sex. If you want to come in, I’ll read you a story.”
This wasn’t Franco’s single attempt at writing fiction. His short story collection “Palo Alto” was published in 2011, which was expanded and adapted for the screen last year with himself in a starring role.
The actor also published his first novel “Actors Anonymous” last year, which like “Bungalow 89,” featured the character James Franco in a series of are-they-real-or-aren’t-they situations.
He might want to be careful, though. Another famous actor, Scarlett Johansson, sued a French novelist Grégoire Delacourt for describing a character in one of his books that was portrayed as looking exactly like her.
The novelist called the action “rather sad … If an author can no longer mention the things that surround us, a brand of beer, a monument, an actor … it’s going to be complicated to produce fiction.”
Fact or fiction, it probably doesn’t matter much to the fans hungry for a hot story like this one. Even though it doesn’t involve an actual sex act, sometimes the mere possibility, or in this case a rejection can be even hotter.