James Franco Edited Out of 'Vanity Fair' Cover Photo
Published Jan 26, 2018Apparently Reese Witherspoon's third leg and Oprah's third hand weren't the only Photoshop jobs done during Vanity Fair's recent Hollywood issue photo shoot. A spokesperson for the magazine has confirmed that James Franco was digitally edited out of the final cover shot.
The Disaster Artist director and star was initially included on the cover, but was removed once the publication learned about the recent sexual misconduct allegations against him.
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," the rep told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Annie Leibovitz-shot photo project has been in the works for months, with some of the shoots taking place back in November, before the allegations against Franco were widely reported.
After the Golden Globes (where Franco won Best Actor in a Comedy), a number of women took to Twitter to condemn the decision based on the actor's past behaviour. Days later, five women came forward to share allegations of Franco's "inappropriate" and "sexually exploitative" behaviour.
The remaining 12 stars who appear on the Vanity Fair cover are Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, Robert De Niro and outgoing Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter.
Get a glimpse of the three-panel final cover below.