James Franco is earning a reputation for conducting bizarre, pretentious interviews more than he is making films, and the latest is no exception.
For i-D magazine, Franco interviews his female ‘persona’ as his male ‘persona’ in a lengthly interview that touches upon Franco’s white privilege, why he doesn’t date famous women any more and even involves a poem he wrote where he suggests if he ever shot a pornographic film he’d like to be the woman.
It might be interesting if Franco hadn’t already pulled numerous similar tricks before - he’s interviewed his ‘gay self’ as his ‘straight self’ in Four Two Nine magazine and has even penned a book of real and imaginary conversations from singer Lana Del Rey.
But he’s not the only person whose pretentiousness can make things a bit awkward. Here are the celebrity interviews that are so self-involved they’re nearly impossible to read.
Gwyneth Paltrow has transformed from a jobbing actress to the head of a powerful, glossy and absolutely absurd lifestyle brand called Goop. Goop has over a million subscribers, and considers itself a curated guide to the best food, fashion, jewellery and beauty anyone could ever want.
Paltrow gave an interview to Harpers Bazaar in 2013 where she comes across like a dewy-eyed oracle. As well as describing her perfect day: avocado-picking with her children (Apple and Moses), she details the present she bought herself for her 40th birthday: a three-day solitary retreat to a spa in Arizona to rebalance her life energy.
But the highlight is her admission that despite her organic, grass-fed, bourgeois lifestyle, she allows herself a treat in the form of a single cigarette once a week, always on a Saturday night, which ends up sounding quite bleak when she puts it like that.
Beyonce has started shying away from the press, despite being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.
Maybe it’s because in 2013, a GQ profile of Beyonce showed that she takes her job so seriously she has her own library full of her own performances.
The ‘Beyonce archive’ is described as “a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child […] every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.
“Beyoncé’s inner sanctum also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a “visual director” Beyoncé employs, who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005,” the piece says.
The profile also sees Beyonce believe her own a hype a little too much.
“I now know that, yes, I am powerful,” she says calmly. “I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”
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1/18 7 October 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons
2/18 6 October 2015
German designer Karl Lagerfeld (R) and model Cara Delevingne (C) appear at the end of his Spring/Summer 2016 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Chanel at the Grand Palais which is transformed into a Chanel airport during the Fashion Week in Paris, France
3/18 5 October 2015
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne addresses the Conservative party conference in Manchester. The Chancellor argued that reducing the payments to people in low paid jobs would give them “economic security” by reducing the Government’s spending deficit
4/18 4 October 2015
Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston takes a moment in the centre of the field with his daughter Frankie Thurston, holding dark-skinned doll, after winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The image quickly became the talking point of Australia’s National Rugby League Final and provoked a strong reaction on social media, with many praising Thurston for giving his child a toy that promotes inclusiveness and diversity
5/18 3 October 2015
Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as he greets people at the end of an audience to the participants of a meeting organized by the "Food Bank" at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican
6/18 2 October 2015
Britain's Finance Minister George Osborne (L) throws an American football as he meets with former American football players Dan Marino (2nd R) and Curtis Martin (not pictured) at 11 Downing Street in London, ahead of the New York Jets playing against the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium on 4 October
7/18 1 October 2015
An honor guard opens the door as Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to attend a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
8/18 30 September 2015
Former Mrs America Lisa Christie, who alleges misconduct by Bill Cosby, holds up photos of her younger self during a news conference at the law office of attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles
9/18 29 September 2015
Matt Damon has defended himself against claims that he instructed gay actors to remain in the closet. He had said “I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you and sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality” but an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show said, “I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right?”
10/18 29 September 2015
Actor Marion Cotillard has said that there is no place for feminism in Hollywood. Speaking to Porter magazine, she said“Film-making is not about gender/ You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. For me it doesn’t create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don’t qualify myself as a feminist."
11/18 29 September 2015
Actor Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow, is suing Porsche over her father’s death in a lawsuit that claims he was trapped in the burning car because of design flaws and the seat belt. The Fast and Furious star was killed when the Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in hit a pole in California in 2013. The driver, his friend Roger Rodas, also died when the vehicle burst into flames.
12/18 28 September 2015
Robert Mugabe waits to address the United Nations General Assembly. The leader of Zimbabwe reportedly exclaimed 'We are not gay!' as he criticised Western nation's "double standards” and attempts to “prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.” In 2013 he described homosexuals as “worse than pigs, goats and birds.”
13/18 28 September 2015
South African comedian Trevor Noah hosts the first 'Daily Show' since taking over from Jon Stewart as host. Stewart had presented the US satirical news show since 1999 and was described by Noah during the show as a 'Political father'
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14/18 25 September 2015
Sir Elton John may have received a phone call from the real Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin's spokesman announced he had made contact weeks after the singer was duped by pranksters pretending to be the Russian President.
15/18 25 September 2015
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was mistakenly declared as the artist who produced the Mona Lisa by Fox News anchor Shepard Smith. It was in fact Leonardo da Vinci.
16/18 24 September 2015
A new biography claims Donald Trump expected to be dead by 40 and never marry. The Guardian says the a new book also claims that in 1980, Mr Trump manufactured a fake vice-president of his real estate conglomerate, whom he called John Baron.
17/18 24 September 2015
The Dalai Lama has said that Britain's policy towards China is just about 'Money, money, money.' And asked 'Where is morality?'
18/18 24 September 2015
Puff Daddy secured the number-one spot on the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list, with the publication calculating he made an estimated $60million (£39m) between June 2014 and June 2015.
Jaden and Willow Smith
The two children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been born, nay thrust, into celebrity life, so it’s only natural they’ve emerged as emotionally complex (read: obnoxious) kids who love nothing more than a chance to prove how conscientious they both are.
In an interview for T Magazine, the two discussed the usual things a 16 and 14 year old might discuss: space and time, the universe, meditation, and the fragment of reality. Right.
The whole thing is worth a read, but Jaden hits the nail on the head here:
“Because your mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it's not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you're thinking about something happy, you're thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It's a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities.”
Glad that's cleared up.
Ricki Hall might not be an A-lister, but thanks to social media the model has a legion of fans, which is how he ended up being interviewed for The Sunday Times earlier this year. Unfortunately, a celebrity publicist might have come in handy, as Hall ended up going viral for his poorly-thought out comments.
Hall talked about the perils of fame - like losing 1,500 Instagram followers when he painted his nails black - but got in hot water when he admitted he often took style inspiration from homeless people. “They can pull anything together and it just works,” he mused.
Twitter users lambasted him for his similarities to Ben Stiller’s character Zoolander, with many mocking up memes of him. His comment that his deodorant of choice was Lynx Africa also earned him a ribbing for clashing with his hipster credentials.
Hall insists he was misquoted, particularly over the Lynx comment, insisting he hadn't worn it since he was 12.
Any list looking at obnoxiousness should include Kanye West, who has made outlandish statements and bizarre lifestyle choices his calling cards.
Being interviewed by the New York Times in 2013, West's yearned for his 'trendsetting' to be taken seriously, comparing himself to Steve Jobs and Anna Wintour.
Of his abilities, he said: "I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: 'This is the level that things could be at.' So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus."Reuse content