Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Photo: James Franco Gets All Intellectual


Credit: James Franco on Instagram (since deleted) Photo: James Franco's Nearly-Nude Selfie

James Franco isn't shy about courting controversy and toeing the line of tastefulness, but his latest stunt may have been one even he couldn't handle.

Early this morning (May 2), the actor posted — and then deleted — an Instagram selfie in which he poses in boxer briefs.

But the scandalous part is that he's slipping a hand under his waistband in the photo, thereby pulling the waistband of the boxer briefs down and nearly revealing the full monty.

His, ahem, Franco isn't on display; but you can see the dark shadowy forest that is his down-there hair. (We can only show you this censored pic, but click here if you want to check out the goods.)

"JUMP ROPE," he captions the pic.

The mercurial 36-year-old has had a long and storied history with Instagram — posting many selfies from bed, a snapshot of himself in bed with a Pretty Little Liars stud, nude paintings of Self Rogen, screen shots of Internet content, meme imagies, and Microsoft Paint-style artworks.

Plus, James tried (and tried) to hook up with a 17-year-old tourist on Instagram earlier this month — which isn't illegal in New York but still a little questionable.

Maybe the Palo Alto star should just do what other celebs often do and let his PR agents handle his social media!