With his recent portrayal of F-movie actor Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist," James Franco is on his way to surpassing Christopher Walken in the weirdness department. Unfortunately, that weirdness seems to have bled out into his public persona.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, the famed actor addressed brewing allegations of sexual misconduct that erupted after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor on Sunday night. To say the least, the interview was weird.
To recap, the allegations against Franco broke out on Twitter Sunday night when two actresses accused him of hypocrisy for wearing a "Time's Up" pin. The first accused him of misleading her into doing a full nude scene in one of his movies for cheap pay, while the second accused him of exposing his penis to her and propositioning her 17-year-old friend.
Actress Ally Sheedy, who worked with Franco on a play in 2014, gave a more cryptic message on Twitter: "James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business." The post has since been deleted.
Speaking with Colbert, Franco did not unequivocally deny the allegations, though he did say they were "not accurate." He also made sure to preface his explanation with a heavy-handed social justice message while touting his emphatic support for placing women in leadership roles.
"I do support [Time’s Up]," he started. "I was so excited to win, but being in the room that night was powerful. I support change."
The audience applauded Franco's statement. But none of that helped the awkwardness that soon followed as Franco addressed the allegations.
Regarding Sheedy, Franco said he has "no idea" what she's talking about.
"I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy," he said. "I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her."
As to the other two allegations, Franco referred to them as "not accurate," attempting to explain his side of the story with vague declarations about "restitution" and "fixing" his mistakes.
"In my life, I pride myself in taking responsibility for things I've done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever something needs to be changed," he said. "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they haven’t had a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support."
Colbert asked Franco about how people can come to reconciliation or understanding when they have two different perspectives on one event.
"If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to," said Franco. "That’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do."
"The point is to listen," he concluded. "I am here to listen and learn and change perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to."
The #MeToo fallout has already begun for Franco. Just two days after the allegations broke, The New York Times announced it canceled an event where the actor was slated to speak alongside his brother about their recent film.