I’m not sure if you were aware, but James Franco considers himself to be something of an intellectual. So much so that he actually taught film classes at New York University in 2011 and California Institute of the Arts in 2012.
It might be difficult to picture the unpredictable actor/director teaching class like some sort of average underpaid educator, but it really did happen, I promise! In fact, Franco was such a real professor that he was actually subject to student reviews on RateMyProfessor.com, where his pupils could weigh in on the effectiveness of his class and teaching methods.
Not surprisingly, the student reviews are amazing.
Overall, Franco’s average rating from his students is a 3.8, which is perfectly respectable. The top tags for his name include “Caring,” “Inspirational,” and “Respected.” He has a chili pepper by his name, which means that students found him to be (duh) physically attractive.
The actual reviews themselves are the true goldmine, though.
Several students were disappointed with the fact that Franco barely graded their assignments, and that pretty much every paper was given a non-discerning “A.”
Some found him to be a tad too invested, however …
A few students were so distracted by his attractiveness that they didn’t learn anything (including how to spell “professor”).
Quite a few praised the class for being so damn easy.
“Great actor but an appalling teacher” is probably the biggest takeaway from all of these reviews.
A few noted that James was also sleepy AF (which isn’t great behavior for a professor, but honestly a state of being that I can sympathize with).
Overall? As a teacher, James Franco is easy, sleepy, hot and weepy. (Which is the description that I want on my epitaph, FYI.)
Which, honestly, might make for a highly ineffective teacher, but sounds incredibly entertaining and fascinating. Perhaps the most value lesson Franco demonstrated for his film students was how to interact with an actor who is extremely puffed up on their own expertise?
Which, for anyone looking to pursue a career in the film industry, is actually a pretty valuable lesson. Well-done, James!