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Franco falls short of followers   

James Franco would say he measures up to Eminem in terms of social networking.

The actor currently boasts 2.58million followers and he regularly treats them to status updates and the occasional selfie.

While the rapper has 18.8million on his page, James thinks he matches up to him.

"Yeah, I think I'm on a level with Eminem," he said to German magazine Glamour when it was pointed out that he has a lot of fans on Twitter.

"Not as many as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber - but still, Eminem!"

Despite not racking up as many followers as he might like, the star does use it as a platform to promote his work. This includes writing, acting, teaching and filmmaking.

"Twitter is a great way to communicate with my community," he explained. "I post things that interest me and know that they will hit a nerve."

The 36-year-old has plenty of female fans who admire his looks as well as his work. However, he notes that he doesn't spend time on trying to be sexy and that he'd rather have other talents appreciated.

Bring recognised in such a tough industry feels amazing for James, who worked in a fast food restaurant aged 18.

"That job helped me follow my dream," he said. "I left school to become an actor. It was the only thing I wanted to do. All those part-time jobs were crucial in getting that bit closer to my dream."

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