I admit I'm not a huge James Franco fan. With his overzealous ambitions of directing, acting, making music videos, and going to school for the umpteenth time, it all seems a little...pompous. Sure he's good looking and maybe he has some talent (Oscar hosting aside), but he's all too aware of it, which is just annoying. Modesty is not overrated, people. But one thing I love about Hollywood actors is their ability to surprise me when I least expect it -- and Mr. Franco is no exception.
During an event at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his latest art installation, Memories of Idaho, the actor took the time to talk to Macy Armstrong, a 13-year-old fan (who was wearing a T-shirt with Franco's face on it). As it turned out, the girl owns a Tumblr called James Franco Forever, and she'd shown up at the event with three pieces of self-made art: a portrait of Franco made out of yarn; a collage made from newspaper clippings and a canvas inspired by the poster for 127 Hours. While some people would consider all this a little creepy and borderline stalkerish of the teen girl, Franco not only loved it, but wanted to buy her pieces of art. The star -- who has always had a thing for art, especially if it's about him -- announced, "I wanna buy those," and so it was done. The girl later went on her Tumblr account to celebrate the interaction with her favorite celeb and wrote, "Ohmygod I don't know what just happened but I can't breath! He looked at me, he spoke to me, and I'm pretty sure we mentally got married!" Although her obsession is a little unhealthy and perhaps he just wanted the art because he loves himself oh-so-much, I have to give kudos to James for making a little girl's day. It was so sweet to indulge her like that and make her feel special -- let's just hope this doesn't send her into super-stalker mode.