James Franco: I don’t Google myself
James Franco says he hasn’t Googled his name in over a year, because reading things about himself would “drive me crazy”.
The 36-year-old actor is a regular user of Twitter and Instagram. But he insists he doesn’t read the responses to his posts because it can be tough not to answer back.
"I don't read anything about myself anymore,” he told USA Today. “It would drive you crazy. There are times you do want to respond and it never works out if you defend yourself or fight back. The great thing about Instagram is that you can block people."
It’s not only social networks that James has to be selective about. He also admits he will never search for himself on the Internet, for fear of what he might find.
“I haven't Googled myself in a year,” he said.
James stars as murder suspect Christian Longo in new movie True Story, alongside Jonah Hill as journalist Michael Finkel.
In the joint interview, Jonah added he has the same feelings as his co-star when it comes to the world wide web.
“I don't read anything about myself any longer,” Jonah said. “I prefer not to. When I was younger, I was more interested. It was hard to resist. Now I let it go. There's nothing you can do, really.”
Jonah’s character Finkel wrote for The New York Times before he was caught making things up for his reports.
And while James and Jonah’s characters are both unlikeable, they said it was working together they believe will make the movie appealing to audiences.
"You want the audience to emotionally engage. You want them to be able to watch it without shutting off by the end," James said. "That's why the scenes with Jonah were well-constructed. It's the reason to watch the movie. You need to present the characters so the audience doesn't write them off immediately."
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