James Franco Turned Kanye West Down for ‘Yeezus” Promo Role
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James Franco Turned Kanye West Down for ‘Yeezus” Promo Role

North West’s birth may have overshadowed dad Kanye West’s “American Psycho”-inspired promo for his latest album, but that doesn’t mean we skipped out on the two-minute grainy, grisly projection. Though the plot left a little to be desired, it was enough to see Kourtney Kardashian main man Scott Disick fake-murder Kim Kardashian BFF Jonathan Cheban.

But word is Jonathan wasn’t the first pick for the starring role as “The Murder Victim.” In fact, Kanye had set his sights a tad bit higher, requesting the thespian talents of Golden Globe-nominated and one-time Oscar host James Franco.

A Renaissance Man for the modern age, James told GQ, “I was asked to get axed in an American Psycho-themed commercial for Kanye, but instead of getting cut up, I made a cut-up American Psycho piece for him.”

James Franco Turned Kanye West Down for ‘Yeezus” Promo Role

The James of all trades is referring to his most recent craft project: a graffitied copy of Yeezus. GQ sent five copies of the CD to the magazine’s favorite artists (Franco?) with only rule: follow the direction Kanye posted on the cover of Yeezus, “PLEASE ADD GRAFFITI.”

In his take, James went for a marker-heavy sketch reminiscent of the doodles we use to draw during high school chemistry but with more Kanye and fewer bubble hearts.

Yeezus himself checked out the artistic venture, sharing a link to the GQ article via his Twitter. In classic minimalist style, though, Kanye didn’t offer an opinion either way. Perhaps he tweeted himself out during yesterday’s “heartbreaking” announcement that his “Black Skinhead” video was leaked.

Source: GQ