James Franco Frenzy on Set of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”

By Beth Stebner
|  Sunday, Nov 28, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 PM CDT
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James Franco Frenzy on Set of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: Actor James Franco attends the New York premiere of "127 Hours" at Chelsea Clearview Cinema on November 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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James Franco has another thing to add to his ever-expanding list of accomplishments: Oscar nominated actor, writer and author, alleged class napper, and now—fan favorite.

Franco, “Access Hollywood” reports, caused quite the stir when he went to the Manhattan-based studios to film the show. A record number of fans and industry regulars were reportedly turned away, over 250 when all was said and done, and there was an unheard of grapple for seats, TMZ reports.

The long-running show, as well as its host, James Lipton, has been the subject of many a “Saturday Night Live” sketch for being famously stoic and dry, but not this time.  During taping, fan’s screams and cat calls were reportedly so disrupting that Lipton was forced to stop the interview to calm them down, remarking “Seventeen years filming this show and I’ve never heard a sound like that before.”

The 32-year-old star of the recent “127 Hours,” a grueling drama based on the real-life story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, stayed for an additional hour-and-a-half to answer questions from fans and fellow actors.

Franco has been in a bundle of critically acclaimed films, from “Milk” to “Howl” and even some rom-com’s, like “Eat, Pray, Love.”  He has been the face of Armani, as well as being one of five men appearing on “GQ’s” December cover for the Men of the Year award. He also had a guest stint on ABC’s long-running soap “General Hospital,” where he played a hobo artist slash serial killer.

Franco’s interview will air next month on Bravo.

Selected Reading: Daily News, Access Hollywood, IMDb

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