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Hollywood Life: James Franco's Instagram Scandal: A Hoax To Promote New Film?

By Hollywood Life

On April 1, two major things happened for James Franco - the official trailer for his new film 'Palo Alto' hit the web and he was accused of hitting on a girl half his age in NYC. In the film, Franco's character is an older coach seducing a young girl. Is it ironic that these things happened on the same day?

Could James Franco be the ultimate prankster? The same day that he was allegedly hitting on a 17-year-old fan in New York, the trailer for his new movie Palo Alto hit the web. So, could it be that the incident with the young teen is just to promote the film that he plays a teacher seducing a student?

On April 1, Lucy Clode, 17, met James, 35, outside his Broadway show Of Mice & Men and filmed an Instagram video. He asked her to tag him in it on Instagram, which she did and then - according to leaked screen grabs - he messaged her.

In the messages, he asked her how old she was, what hotel she was staying at, and for her phone number. She apparently gave it, because more screen grabs showed iMessages, showing him sending two separate pictures to prove it was actually him - including one of him holding a sign up with her name on it.

There's no proof these messages are real, but after a little research we discovered that not only was April 1 the day of the apparent tweets, but also the date James' new movie trailer was released.

Palo Alto, a film based on James' 2010 book of short stories, is a high school drama about a forbidden romance that develops between single father (James), who coaches a high school soccer team and a young student, (Emma Roberts).

In the trailer, which you can watch above, we see them get hot and heavy (and almost naked). Since James is known for being quite the prankster, could it be that he created the whole young-girl-in-NYC scenario just to promote the film?

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is it a hoax? Does the movie look good? Let us know!

- Emily Longeretta

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maijaeshmont April 04 2014 at 8:20 AM

I think it was a little Aprils fools tied into this situation and I believe that James Franco was trying to relate that to the movie that was just being released. Franco is not like that, I mean if he wanted a 17 year old girl he would of had one a while ago. This simply was not his character to actually be interested in her like that.

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abcstarfox April 03 2014 at 10:53 PM

April 1.....April fool.....trailer promo.
Yeah....this one is really hard to figure out.

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Dave April 04 2014 at 1:00 AM

Is it illegal to text an 18 year old girl? They say he got caught, and it's a scandal. Good grief, who cares.

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spock4777 April 04 2014 at 7:36 AM

When one turns 18 they are considered an adult.

If they want to be with someone twice their age then they have every right to do that.

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mariedarose7 April 04 2014 at 7:38 AM

He is too smart of a man too fet involed with a young girl , there just saying that from the movie

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microflight5 April 04 2014 at 9:14 AM


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nanaaj1026 April 04 2014 at 8:26 AM

Definitely a promotional stunt ! Free advertising

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evonie55 April 04 2014 at 10:26 AM

What do you mean caught? Has something changed or is 18 still considered an adult.

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Living2xcess evonie55 April 04 2014 at 10:36 AM

But she is 17.

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theshornwonder Living2xcess April 04 2014 at 11:30 AM

In NY 17 is the age of consent.

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maybeitskelsey April 04 2014 at 2:04 PM

oh man, i wish i was that girl. straight up.

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wdaniel152 April 04 2014 at 10:42 AM

The trailer ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTqMUu1iTIo ) makes Palo Alto look like a well-made film. But the topic does not appeal to me. I've seen Lolita. Didn't like it either.

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