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James Franco Slams Critic Over Negative Review of His Play 'Of Mice and Men'

April 18, 2014, 3:37 am GMT

The 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' star calls New York Times' Ben Brantley 'a little b*tch' over his not-so-favorable review for the actor's Broadway performance.

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James Franco is not happy that his performance on Broadway show "Of Mice and Men" got negative feedback from New York Times' Ben Brantley. While posting on Instagram a glowing review from Variety, he adds an extra caption that fires back at the NYT critic.

"Sadly Ben Brantley and The NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little b*tch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the paper of record. The theatre community hates him, and for good reason, HE's an idiot," he wrote in caps lock. The post has since been deleted but it has been screen-captured and spread on the internet.

In his mixed review, Brantley wrote, "Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It's a tight, internal performance begging for a camera's close-up. And only in the play's second scene - in a bunkhouse, where Lennie retells George about the dream farm they'll someday own together - did I sense a warming current of affection between the characters."

A revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 classic drama of the same name, it is supported by Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester. It marks the first stint on The Great White Way for the three. It enters on an unlikely friendship between two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression. O'Dowd plays the mentally-challenged Lennie who befriends George (Franco). Meester plays Lennie's love interest.

Update Brantley has responded to the actor's outburst, telling New York Observer, "I like Franco's work on film a lot, and he didn't disgrace himself on stage. I hope he returns to Broadway some day. And of course he's entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it's not libelous, and somehow I don't think 'little bitch' qualifies."



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