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Multi-Tasker James Franco Reviews 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Gives a Much-Maligned Kristen Stewart Her Due

by Beth Hanna
June 7, 2012 5:00 PM
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Kristen Stewart, James Franco
Kristen Stewart, James Franco

In an op-ed column and half-review of "Snow White and the Huntsman" for The Huffington Post, James Franco reveals his academic training as he writes about his hard-working Nana, looks at the emotional standards of live-action vs. animation, and sticks up for Kristen Stewart, whose Snow White many critics have deemed unworthy of reclaiming a kingdom --or being the "fairest of them all" (thanks, subjectivity!).

Franco ultimately didn't feel emotionally involved in "Snow White and Huntsman"'s romance, citing the script as lacking, not actors Stewart or Chris Hemsworth. He also rightly points out:

The difference now between Snow White and the Huntsman and Puss in Boots is that we allow an animated cat to cut corners in emotional development, whereas we expect Kristen Stewart's character to develop according to the rigors of reality.

In an interesting move, he contrasts the character Snow White's unearned inheritance of the kingdom with Stewart's impressive resume leading up to the "Twilight" franchise:

Whereas Snow White would more than likely be inarticulate, diseased and frail after being confined in a tower for 10 years, Kristen Stewart landed Twilight after years of working with some of the best directors in the business (David Fincher, Sean Penn). She actually does deserve the crown...Stewart has braved more scrutiny of her private life than most presidents. She has taken big career risks by doing films like Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways and On the Road (nudity, I hear). She has worked her ass off. Whatever Snow White may be, Kristen is a warrior queen. Give her the crown.

Read the full article here. And Franco's thoughts on HBO's "Girls" here.


  • Olli | June 12, 2012 4:23 AMReply

    Well, in lots of his roles James Franco is the boring aquivalent to the boring Kristen Stewart. Franco does shine from time to time (127 hours, Milk) and maybe Stewart does that too in some roles. Unfortunately the only fine performance I remember is her first one in Fincher`s Panic room., while I have to admit that I haven`t seen her in "Runaways" or "On the road" yet.
    Her performance as SnowWhite consists of two and a half facial expressions, one with tears, one without tears and a half smile. Thats it. Just about every other thesp in this movie does more acting than Stewart in the leading role. Sorry but thats not a performance, thats just being on set right on time.
    And why should I consider any other role or her private life or whatever while watching this movie?

  • monica | June 9, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    True. Kristen is the warrior queen.

  • maria | July 5, 2012 7:20 PM

    Charlize Theron hold up the whole movie everyting else including the other actor were horrible,sorry Charlize is the warrior.

  • cadavra | June 7, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    Call me crazy, but praise from a guy who co-hosted the Oscars while totally baked strikes me as falling a little short in the "ringing endorsement" department.

  • tre | June 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    CADAVRA , you are so right. James Franco had the audacity to blame Anne Hathaway for making him look high at the Oscars. He lied because, he always looks stoned. James completely shut down, like a scary cat- while Hathaway soldiered on during that bad Oscar telecast ( doing her job and his job combined) . Franco is annoying on every level, and he is only accepted to these Ivy League schools because of his famous name. I am always laughing at him spewing these pseudo intellectual garbage.

    P.S. Before the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" film was released , James was incredibly kind and classy that he trashed the director of that movie in an interview. Everything Franco does is purely ego driven.

  • joanna | June 7, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    I'm really surprised how insightful the article was. Also James brought up great points about the movie and Kristen Stewarts fame.

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