James Franco Confuses The New Yorker

This week’s “Talk of the Town” includes an account of James Franco’s “Soap at MOCA.”

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.”

James Franco Confuses The New Yorker