In case you were wondering how James Franco managed to attend all the classes necessary to get masters’ degrees from NYU, Columbia and Warren Wilson College, in addition to enrolling on Yale for a PhD program, the answer is: he…um…he almost didn’t. Now it’s emerged that Franco’s lack of attendance has allegedly resulted in the termination of an NYU professor, at least according to said instructor José Angel Santana. In a new lawsuit he filed against the school, Professor Santana claims that he was unjustly canned for giving a Franco a D in his “Directing The Actor” course. Um, we don’t see what the problem is quit yet? D is for Diploma, James! Embrace it!
We have to assume this is the same D Franco complained about to the press back in September 2010. “I did the work, I did well in everything else,” Franco told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman after news of his embarrassing grade leaked out. Earlier this year NYU even announced that Franco would be teaching a course himself. “James has an amazing mind and limitless energy,” explained graduate film program chair John Tintori at the time. “Our students will be fortunate to learn from him.” Wrote Santana in his legal filing, “In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy.” The reason for Franco’s poor grade? He missed 12 of his 14 classes. Odd, considering you’d think he’d have to take a math class at some point.