Posted: 11:03 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
By Julia Wayne
Can you guys imagine what it’s like to live next door to James Franco? James Franco, you guys. Would it be like grabbing the newspaper while chatting with Harry Osborn? Lamenting gas price increases with Oz the Great and Powerful? Getting love advice from Freaks and Geeks stoner Daniel Desario? Nope, it sounds like it’s more akin to butting heads with Alien from Spring Breakers (which is, to say, a total disaster).
Curbed Los Angeles reports that when James bought a little Silver Lake 2-bedroom for $775,000 from Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant in November 2012, neighbors were pretty stoked. James had “plans to fix up the quirky but kinda dumpy two-unit min-compound” at the time, but it seems that he took a turn toward awful somewhere in that plan.
A neighbor emailed the site to tell of their woes, and the whole thing is pretty fascinating, but we’ll just give you the highlights. (You can read the entire account here.)
Basically, James took a house and made it into a major production company, in the middle of a neighborhood. The neighbor says that it “appears to be inhabited by several people who are working for him,” and who are running the company out of the house, using it for shoots. A woman named Iris, who works for him, confirmed that that is indeed what they’re doing.
On one occasion, when the neighbor confronted her about James’s people blocking their driveway constantly, she said “Have you guys met James?” Which, we’re sure, went over really well. On another, hair and makeup was being set up in James’s driveway, and Iris told the neighbor that they could do “whatever they want on their property.” While it doesn’t sound like James is out there doing personal cornrowing and muckraking, it doesn’t sound like he’s doing anything to stop it, either.
The neighbor has had to start calling parking enforcement and concluded in his letter, “We like James Franco and we like some of his movies, but we're not so enamored of his presence that we are willing to give up our sanity in our own home.”
Wow, who would have thought James would be a lot to deal with?Source:Curbed Los Angeles