"We made the decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we found out about the allegations of misconduct against him," says a spokesman for Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair debuted its long-awaited Hollywood Portfolio today, and on the magazine's website the headline read, in part, "12 extraordinary stars, a memorable year." There was supposed to be another star in the coveted coverage, but he did not make the final cut due to the most powerful movement of the momentous year, Hollywood Reporter found out.
According to multiple family sources with the shooting, James Franco sat down for a photo shoot and an interview, and was featured in the portfolio of Annie Leibovitz-shot magazine. However, he was removed from the cover digitally due to accusations of sexual misconduct that arose after his victory in the Golden Globe The Disaster Artist . The subjects of the cover of Vanity Fair are often photographed separately in small groups and combined through digital images: the elimination of Franco, then, did not require a new shot. That said, it is very rare for a star to be removed from an elaborate photographic design, especially so close to its publication.
A spokesperson from Vanity Fair confirmed the news to THR on early Thursday night. "We made the decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we found out about the allegations of misconduct against him," the spokesman said.
A representative of Franco did not respond THR request for comments.
It is not clear when the final decision was made, but it was probably a sprint for the printing presses since the complaints came only a few days after the Globes, in a Los Angeles Times report published on 11 January. The story quoted five women who accused Franco of "behavior that they considered inappropriate or sexual exploitation." Some of those women filed accusations on social networks.
Franco has denied the claims. During his appearance at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert he said: "I take pride in taking responsibility for the things that I have done, I have to do that to maintain my well-being, I do it every time I know something is The things I heard on Twitter are not precise, but I fully support the people who come out and I can have a voice because they had no voice for so long. I want to close them in no way, it's, I think, a good thing, and I support it. "
The photo session has been in the works for months with some of the shootings that will take place in November. Featured – from left to right – are Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, VF editor – In Chief, Graydon Carter and Robert De Niro.
It was the last "V.F. hurray" from legendary publisher Carter, he writes the mag, and his latest Hollywood spread before he leaves the magazine in a move announced last fall. (Radhika Jones assumed the main position). Carter launched the Hollywood edition more than 20 years ago, so this particular installment is historical for that reason, but it is also pointed out in an accompanying article what the #MeToo movement has to do with this. the list of talents of the year. "The films and television shows represented by the actors in this year's Hollywood Portfolio – which for the first time offers a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot – took the #MeToo movement slowly, offering strong women in leading roles, as well as strong men who support them, "reads the article.
"The triple panel cover started because I was not sure that an actor could convey the whole Hollywood idea," says Carter in a video behind the scenes. "You needed a cast of actors and actresses to tell that period in Hollywood."
Meanwhile, the subject has been the subject of online debate today, as readers quickly pointed out that Photoshop failed, one with Reese Witherspoon and his three legs, and another with Winfrey and three hands.
Vanity Fair tweeted that Winfrey's extra hand was a mistake, while the extra leg was the lining of the interior of Witherspoon's dress.
Regarding @Oprah how can we expect him to juggle with just two hands?
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– VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 25, 2018