James Franco in The New Yorker! We knew this day would come.
Dana Goodyear reveals that Jeffrey Deitch makes a cameo on General Hospital, that Damien Hirst is pals with people from The Young and the Restless, and that James Franco’s many-layered marvel of a performance art piece succeeded in blowing minds:
Three “General Hospital” staffers walked by another installation–an old-timey gas station, with a robin’s-egg-blue Thunderbird parked out front–and asked, “Is this part of MOCA?” No, it wasn’t. It was a piece of “Franco” ‘s art that “he” had made especially for the exhibition. The climax of his show, the TV show, and Franco’s show would take place in a scene in which a stuntman–call him ” ‘Franco’ “–would fall from a balcony three stories above the gas station and die. Or not.
Several hours before taping began, Franco, in a neatly pressed tuxedo, with slicked-back hair, a dull pancake-makeup glow, and a glaze of coffee on his teeth, sat in a director’s chair, trying to explain. Asked about the layers of performance, he said, “It’s kind of hard to tease ‘em all out.”
In summary: “There was no one who was not confused.”