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.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 19, 2011