How James Franco Felt About 'Vanity Fair' Removing Him From a Cover (Exclusive)

James Franco originally did have a mark on a cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue.

Before he was cut from the feature following allegations of abuse of energy and inappropriate behavior, a Disaster Artist star was indeed positioned between Michael Shannon and Harrison Ford. 

If we click by to a second print of this Instagram slideshow from a fan, we can somewhat see Franco in a tip right palm dilemma in pre-edited cinema from a VF print shoot.

?? Claire and Zendaya were in a same room! we can’t deal! ????

A post common by Claire Foy (@clairefoyfeed) on Jan 25, 2018 during 8:34am PST

A source told ET on Friday that being pulled from a cover was a vital “kick to a gut” for Franco.

“He was ostensible to be on this cover with all these Hollywood icons,” a source explained. “It’s a unequivocally useful moment. Opportunities like this don’t come around often.”

“The cover was shot months ago, though we don’t know when they motionless to mislay him,” a source added. “James knew he was being cut as shortly as a story [about his inappropriate behavior] broke. He’d been fresh for a fallout.”

In a matter to ET, Vanity Fair revealed since they motionless to revise a 39-year-old actor out of a issue. “We done a preference not to embody James Franco on a Hollywood cover once we schooled of a bungle allegations opposite him,” a opening explained in a statement.

In further to Shannon and Ford, a cover, that was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, also facilities Jessica Chastain, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy and VF‘s editor Graydon Carter.

Aside from being private from a cover, Franco was also snubbed out of a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his description of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist progressing this month. A source tells ET that Franco, who had been a front-runner and already won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy during this year’s Golden Globes, is not doing well.

“The story has gotten divided from him,” a source explained, adding that Franco felt like he was “on tip of a world” heading adult to awards season. “He hoped that by gripping quiet, this would blow over. But even with attention friends entrance to his side, things are spiraling downward.”

“He was unequivocally being famous as a force in Hollywood and afterwards it came to an sudden halt,” a source continued. “His friends consider he’ll rebound behind from this since he unequivocally is looking central and perplexing to learn and be better. It only depends on if a open will pardon him. He’s only unequivocally in a dim place right now.”

As ET formerly reported, an essay in the Los Angeles Times was published on Jan. 11, detailing a accounts of 5 women accusing Franco of abuse of energy and inapt behavior. However, a source tighten to Franco disputes that number, adding that a accusations opposite a actor are “false.” Franco also denied allegations during appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

An additional source told ET progressing this month that Franco’s friends are “really worried” about his contentment during a moment.

“He’s not in a good place,” a source pronounced during a time. “They’re examination him around a clock. He’s unequivocally struggling.”

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