Professor says NYU fired him for giving James Franco a D
One of James Franco's NYU professors is suing the university after he was fired for giving the actor a D, the teacher says. What, just because he missed all but two of the 14 classes? C'mon, man, college kids are busy these days.
Jose Angel Santana, 58, told the New York Post he's suing the school because it fired him for the D, which he says the actor earned for skipping 12 of 14 class sessions for his course, Directing the Actor II. He says he suffered first when Franco called him out publicly, then when his own department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts scolded Santana, then fired him.
"The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that's for sure," Santana said. "The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco. ... "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 theorizes that since Franco hired Jay Anania, another NYU professor, to write and direct Franco's movie William Vincent, the good grades he was getting from other instructors was simply quid pro quo, the Post reports. Franco, 33, taught a course last fall on turning poetry into short films, the Post points out. Then it's just as well, because seeing Santana at the faculty mixer would have been aaaawkwaaaaaard.
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