James Franco is known for making strange choices when it comes to his career. Signing on to the cast of General Hospital when he was already a well-known and well-paid film actor? Uh, OK.
This week Franco has become an outspoken defender of Shia LaBeouf.
In a New York Times op-ed, Franco defends everything from LaBeouf's plagiarism scandals (plural!) to his most recent performance art piece which involved sitting silently in a room with a bag over his head.
"Any artist, regardless of his field, can experience distance between his true self and his public persona," writes Franco.
"But because film actors typically experience fame in greater measure, our personas can feel at the mercy of forces far beyond our control."