When the New York Times didn’t give James Franco the glowing Of Mice and Men review he wanted, the actor took to his favorite hangout, Instagram, to express his displeasure.
The show opened Wednesday night on Broadway, with Franco starring as George opposite Chris O’Dowd’s Lennie. It seems Franco spent this morning reading over reviews — including Times theater critic Ben Brantley’s evaluation. Although Brantley didn’t outright insult Franco, or even write anything overwhelmingly negative — in fact, he complimented Franco’s talent, but noted that the star is “often understated to the point of near invisibility” in the play — Franco still wasn’t pleased.
Thursday morning, Franco posted a photo with a caption that promoted Variety‘s favorable review — and insulted Brantley, calling the writer a “little bitch” and claiming “the theater community hates him” (in all caps, to really get the point across).
Franco has since taken down the post, reposting the same photo without the anti-Brantley rant caption. He has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.
Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson took a screenshot of the original Instagram post before it was removed:
And here is the new post: