José Angel Santana, who is already suing NYU for allegedly firing him because he dared to give James Franco a “D”, filed a lawsuit against the overachieving actor himself. The suit claims Franco defamed the former professor by saying in interviews that he skipped 12 of his 14 directing classes because, “I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher.”
Santana, evidently up to date on the current twitterspehere happenings, snarkily remaked, “Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes.” NICE DUDE.
America is great for many reasons, but this lawsuit is not one of them. I get the guy is mad for having the unequivocal power of celebrity intrude so rudely on his teaching sanctuary, but this is something that sounds easily solvable. Given the type of student Franco is (yes, favored), wouldn't it have been a good idea for Santana to have run the grade by some superiors? And if they didn't agree with the mark, was it that difficult and unfair and removed from “The Truth” to give him a C+ instead? This dude sounds high, James Franco.