James Franco has some tough love for Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s struggling New York writer in HBO’s Girls: “Get a f—ing job.”
The Oscar-nominated actor and first-generation F.O.J. (Friend of Judd Apatow, Girls executive producer) took on the polarizing new show in an essay on The Huffington Post titled “A Dude’s Take on Girls.” Franco acknowledged the more familiar criticisms — that the quartet of New Yorkers are privileged, self-absorbed young women who seemingly live in a demographic bubble that doesn’t reflect the racial diversity of the city — but his bigger issue with the show is its portrayal of the male characters. “The guys in the show are the biggest bunch of losers I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “I know this sorry representation of men is fair payback for the endless parade of airheaded women on the West Coast male counterpart to Girls, Entourage…”
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Funny, I don’t see myself as any of the dudes in Girls either, but that hasn’t prevented me from enjoying it in the slightest. When I stop to think about it, maybe it’s because I’ve been too busy laughing at the ladies’ reactions to such men, and enjoying what feels like a look behind the curtain of single femaledom. Like Franco, I guess I’m “fine watching a show about women dealing with men I would never want to be.”
Had you given the Girls guys much thought before this? Does their mediocrity bother you in any way?