One of James Franco’s MFA professors at NYU had to give the actor a D after he missed 12 “Directing the Actor II” classes in one semester. The professor, José Angel Santana, now says that the school fired him over the D and he’s suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court. He’s also taken his story to (where else!) the Post.
The way the Post reports it, Santana’s case seems a little thin, especially considering the sour-grapes vibe of his quotes. For example: “The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure” and “In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy.”
Santana also accuses the department chairman of a conflict of interest for appearing in a cameo in a film financed by Franco.
There are curiously few details as to Santana’s actual firing. We’ve contacted him for comment and will update if we hear back.