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James Franco -- Mass Rejection at 'Actors Studio'

11/28/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

James Franco just made history on "Inside the Actors Studio" -- sources at the show tell TMZ tickets to see J.F. were in such high demand, the staff literally rejected a record number of people.

We're told hundreds of "industry professionals" tried to score free tix to the show -- way more than the allotted amount -- and in the end, staff had to reject more than 250 people. The purchasable tickets sold out too.

As for the interview, set to air next month, we're told Franco was such an awesome guest that one source told us, "James stayed another hour-and-a-half after the taping and talked to every single student and fan who wanted to talk."

Our source noted, "No one has done that since Paul Newman ... the very first guest that ever appeared on the show."

But no one was more stoked than the girls who wouldn't stop screaming throughout the entire event -- in fact, the lady fans were so loud ... James Lipton stopped the interview, and said, "17 years filming this show and I've never heard a sound like that before."


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You know what this means? At some point early in his career, Franco sucked Harvey's pecker.

Great PR...and just think if Franco had bent over? He would be like Linsday Blohan, on the front page every day.

1422 days ago


Class act, this guy's a shining example for our generation, just gotta keep his nap's under control!LOL

In all seriousness though this guy is the man.

1422 days ago


Who cares? This guy is D list.

1422 days ago


Franco was great as Saul, the pot dealer, in Pineapple Express! That movie is a classic!

1422 days ago


Um, why? He's not that great of an actor. He was on General Hospital, where they have their share of bad actors, but he was the worst that I'd seen in a long time.

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1422 days ago


tmz lies. i was there. james lipton did not stop the interview, it hadnt even started at that point. he was being applauded as he walked out. ONE woman was a little over excited and kept it going longer than the rest of the audience. that's why lipton said, "17 years filming this show and I've never heard a sound like that before."
Franco isnt D list. Milk, Good Time Max, Pineapple Express and 127 Hours are all stellar performances.

1422 days ago

Ms Kris    

I do NOT get it

I get the fact The Actors Studio has pretty much done the big actors & they have been interviewing people that are musicans & others who do NOT below there BUT James Franco? On the basis of what?

1422 days ago

Alan Star    

Looks like somebody hijacked somebody..

Accordingly, the TMZ story looks a little to much like the UPI story to be coincidence..

Could "Our Sources" be UPI??

Or visa versa..

Shame on someone..

1422 days ago


one of my favorites

1422 days ago


Hey James marry me!!! He is hottest and funniest actor today...Yummy!!!!

1422 days ago


I love me some James Franco!

1422 days ago

Big D    

This dude is a class act. All you people bashing him sound like a bunch of children. I just saw 127 Hours and he's brilliant. He has a great chance of winning an Oscar. Most young actors are horrible and could care less about their craft. James is a man of his craft. He has the mystique that James Dean, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman once had. Young actors today don't have that mystique. Over the years to come he's going to get the best roles offered to him and will become a huge asset in the entertainment industry. Who wants to bet?

1422 days ago


Really? wow. & no I wouldn't call him D-list but I also wouldn't say that his role in Pineapple Express was stellar. I'm still stunned that you even have a story about James Franco. The last story I read about him was about him sleeping in class.

1422 days ago


Please, please, please stop with the Paul Newman & Marlon Brando comparisons. He's okay, but NOT all that. And he is NOT going to win best actor for 127 Hours. He simply has a phenomenal PR machine that is getting his face EVERYWHERE at the moment. It's true he is definitely not "D List" but as far as pure acting talent, he is middle-of-the-pile at best. Try to be a little bit objective, rabid Franco defenders.

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