Franco Taught Me: An Interview with Hollywood Critic Jerry Saltz

Franco Taught Me: An Interview with Hollywood Critic Jerry Saltz

In New York Magazine James Franco did an entertaining yet case making interview session with his critic Jerry Saltz. There’s a lesson in the with a high note or two when it comes to facing your fears head on. Many may give the actor a second glance in wondering how he attained a Hollywood career and exceeded the observers expectations in becoming an artist in true form. The New York Magazine cover story sets the tone by a stumbling introduction between Saltz and Franco declaring Saltz first time being interviewed versus dishing out the criticism in the the comfort of his apartment. Saltz goes on to say his personal opinions about the wackiness of the art world and those involved within it. Moving forward beyond the slight angst and tension within the room, Franco is questioned quite figuratively in being tested on his knowledge and his humility as he is not the “star” of the art he produces. Saltz challenges the actor and is met with facts, references, and even wit. Franco describes the art world devouring itself in relation to artist like Jeff Koons.

The entire reasoning for these two to be brought together was not out of irony but the public perception of Franco. Even in the interview Saltz is taken back in stating that Franco puts himself in the crosshairs of criticism since he’s a celebrity, adored by Cindy Sherman, and has a megagallery that many may have not found him capable of. Aside from being observed of having it all, Franco dove into his outlook when it comes to how others perceive him. The actor set a great tone when saying that all artist should not be phased by perception. He used the example of how people perceived Jeff Koons at first versus his value these days growing each second.

Franco gives great advice for the millennial who wants to have the world in their palm. The moral chunk out of this interview you should grasp is solely facing your fears. You have to grab the bull by the horns and be your own visionary. There will be doubters and even critics. However bouncing back from the criticism and picking yourself back up after the fall is what truly sets you apart from the flock.

MADE by Xuxa Day

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