James Franco Explains Why He Skipped Jose Angel Santanta's Class At New York University


From the premier of his latest film “The Broken Tower,” James Franco didn’t shy from telling reporters why he made “127 Hours” instead of attending his acting class at New York University.

He said the professor was awful.

“I’ve been in eight years of acting class. I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher and that I should go and work with Danny Boyle. I felt like that was the right decision.”

Franco shook off the “D” Professor Jose Angel Santana gave him in “Directing the Actor II” and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for “127 Hours.”

Santana hasn’t fared so well. He claims he was fired for giving Franco a low grade, which Franco denies.

“No teacher will ever be fired from NYU for giving a student a D,” Franco says from a Q+A session for “Broken Tower. “He wasn’t fired, he was asked not to come back after three years because they didn’t think he was a good teacher.

Regardless of what Franco thinks, Santana is still suing NYU, alleging wrongful termination. He told the New York Post that NYU “has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”

“I did not care one bit about the grade, I knew I was going to get the grade,” he said. “I don’t even know what my grades are in NYU because grades don’t matter, what matters is the films that you make. Anybody coming out of film school is not going to go to Sony or Warner Bros. and say ‘Hey, I got an A in acting class, give me a job.’”

Franco directs and stars in “Broken Tower” -- a biopic of American poet Hart Crane. Franco has played poets before. He starred in Rob Epstein’s “Howl” in 2010.


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