James Franco, the modern day Renaissance Man loves turning his hand to absolutely everything. So when Yahoo! News asked him to write an inauguration poem for Barack Obama on his second term as president of the USA, James jumped (to his computer) at the chance.
In it, he monotonously mentions lots of people and things and books and names he knows he should drop, like F Scott Fitzgerald, Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now and late writer Christopher Hitchens.
If you fancy James, you can put this on mute and pretend that he’s singing a love song to you and that you’re going out and it’s not weird that he’s singing to you over Skype.
He also spoke about how he met Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner as a guest of Vanity Fair and how “He knew me from Spiderman” and asked how he dealt with his detractors. “Humour”, Obama responded. We’d tell you the story word-for-word but it’s so much better in James’s rambling, laid-back delivery.
He also mentions Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Claire Danes as people who visited him on the same day.
Calling Obama a “great servant of the people, a president not a king, and doesn’t need to face what King Charles once faced.” he then quotes the inauguration poem written for Oliver Cromwell. Seriously.
He then talks about what he would do if he were to play Obama in a film and that “the goodness at his core” is what Obama IS, and that “I’d win the Academy Award if I just captured that.”
Hmmmm…maybe you could win an award for being pretentious and odd first?