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The Freaks And Geeks Cast/Crew Roast James Franco

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Before 127 Hours….before Spider-Man….AND before General Hospital, James Franco had a major role on Paul Feig & Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks.

During last weekend's Paley Center for Media's annual Paley Fest, a bunch of the Freaks and Geeks team got together, sans Franco, and went on to roast the actor…and NOT entirely in good fun either!

Here's what Judd Apatow had to say after series creator Paul Feig said "there were no drama queens on the show":

"…Except for Franco."

It gets worse, though. According to actress Busy Philipps, who played Franco's girlfriend on the show, James once "threw her to the ground, even though the script didn't call for the action."

Apparently, Franco decided that his character had "maybe been abused by his father," but he never announced this to Philipps, and then during one scene when she lightly slapped him across the face, he freaked out and shouted "Don't you ever [expletive] touch me again!" and then he threw her to the ground, which caused her to run to her trailer in tears.

WTF James? That's really not cool.

We hope we don't start hearing similar reports about you from more recent productions! Sounds like you've probably gotten better since then, but that kind of behavior is unacceptable.

What do U think about these James Franco reports? Do U think that kind of behavior is all completely in the past for him?

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26 comments to “The Freaks And Geeks Cast/Crew Roast James Franco”

  1. 1

    what about listening to Franco's side of the story?

  2. rease says – reply to this


    Re: alexie silver

    Yeah, I can't see Franco being a jerk like that. He seems totally nice and laid back. Whatever, I don't believe this shit at all.

  3. ONIT says – reply to this


    Sounds impressive. An actor being so much in character. Now I understand why he's an Academy Award Nominee and the others not. Don't get too jealous.

  4. 4

    They always make fun of James Franco (like in Knocked Up) I think this was taken out of context.

  5. 5

    Washed up people commenting about someone acting like a tool when he was 21 years old is kind of irrelevant..Not defending the guy..But at 21 in Hwood its very very easy to let shit and your ego get out of control..

  6. 6

    Hmm, interesting. Rosie Perez also said James really hurt her when they filmed their fight scene for Pineapple Express, on the dvd commentary. James said, in response, sounding very annoyed, 'no, Rosie, I didn't'. But she didn't back down.

  7. 7

    why the hell would you stir up trouble about this over 10 years later???


  8. 8

    Re: NookiesWA – Because Seth Rogan and Jason Segal are washed up? Since when??

  9. 9

    It's called ACTING! Years ago, I had to do a scene with a girl where I was an abusive husband. She had difficulty emoting, so I had to get really verbally abusive with her to get the emotions out. It was raw and rough, and she cried on stage (and had people crying in the audience.) Now, I did tell her in advance I would do this, so she knew I would be getting very verbal with her. Yet afterwords I could tell she was surprised by its impact, and she was happy that it created a realistic moment. It sounds like Franco was trying to create a believable moment on screen. Should he have told her? Yeah, sure. But I think he wanted it to be a believable scene with a genuine reation from her. Did they use the scene in the episode? If so, they really can't say anything. They got what they wnated out of them.

  10. 10

    Busy is always bringing up this same shit that happened 10 years ago.

    James franco is so hot he could knock me down(Busy Phillips) and bite me in the ass(Rosie Perez) anytime he wants to!

  11. 11

    Re: anadrea Where does it say those two were there?! from this it doesn't seem like a big reunion at all.

  12. 12

    I was at the Paley Fest event that night and heard those comments, but you are taking them out of context. The comment about Franco being a "drama queen" was a joke. He was universally praised by all his former cast members, Judd Apatow, and Paul Feig.

    The incident with Busy Phillips was brought up to show how intense and dedicated Franco is to his craft. I t is obvious that he threw everyone for a loop during that scene, but it didn't seem like there were any hard feelings. In fact, he appeared in a filmed segment at the start of the panel and thanked everyone for giving him his start and it was well received.

  13. 13

    Maybe they were just joking around.

  14. 14

    Actors sometimes get caught up in the moment. It happens, it's not like he slapped her around.

  15. 15

    I was there - the drama queen comment was a joke. Franco appeared in a taped segment at the start joking around and thanking everyone for giving him his start. The incident with Busy Phillips was brought up to show how intense he was, and although it was obviously a little intense when it happened, nobody was holding grudges. And for the record, there were about 10-12 cast members, Judd Apatow, and Paul Feig on the panel.

  16. 16

    He can slap me in my face all he wants! And I mean a dick slap :)

  17. 17

    A friend of mine has a step brother who's gf was a p.a on the set of 127 hours and said that James is a super nice but very intense guy. I think he is probably very nice but maybe a little difficult to work with sometimes. But who knows?

  18. 18

    As usual…trying to make something out of NOTHING! Freeks and Geeks was an awesome show! They all had great chemistry. Too bad NBC blew it with this series…

  19. 19

    You realize this was like 10 years ago, right?

  20. 20

    LOL is that seth rogan & jason segel?

  21. 21

    Grade A Douche Bag.

  22. 22

    It's acting, he didn't tell her so her reaction would be more believable. Also who are you to tell him how to act, you're not an actor. I'm pretty sure the jokes were in good fun, and that this is being taken out of context.

  23. 23

    whoever named her busy also needs to be body-slammed

  24. 24

    THERE YOU GO, ONCE AGAIN TAKING EVERYTHING OUT OF CONTEXT. Do you even know anything about F&G? Did you even watch the damn panel? Franco sent in a video because he couldn't actually be there, to which they shared stories about him. They all loved eachother as a cast YOU ASSHOLE

  25. 25

    he's so hot.

  26. 26

    he was probably just in character tryin to make it look believable get over it