James Franco Is Obsessed with Lana Del Rey, Writes Book About Her

Olivia Jakiel
(Photo: Instagram @jamesfrancotv)

James Franco has taken his Lana Del Rey obsession to the next level.


It’s a well-known fact that these two just absolutely adore each other. Just look at them.


But just how much adoration is too much adoration? The actor, writer, artist, and author revealed that he co-wrote a 100-page book with New York Times best-selling author David Shields about his pop star friend and all-around muse Lana Del Rey, titled Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey.

In fact, Franco has been wanting to do this for some time: "I wanted to interview Lana for a book, and she said, 'Just write around me. It’s better if it’s not in my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t exactly get me, but try.'" Sounds about right.

In an excerpt from an essay-borderline-poem hybrid Franco wrote about Lana called Shades of Cool, which appeared in V magazine, he writes, “Lana has become my friend. She is a musician who is a poet and a video artist. She grew up on the East Coast but she is an artist of the West Coast. When I watch her stuff, when I listen to her stuff, I am reminded of everything I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up all night like vampires and bikers. The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend.”


He and Lana have been close friends for some time now. Franco regularly posts Instagram photos of the two hanging out, probably working on some super-artistic-out-there project that only they understand.


He showed support for her when she made the cover of Rolling Stone.


And look how cute they are taking photos of each other while taking photos of each other on the beach.


And although many have speculated that there's a romance between the two, Franco insists that they’re just friends: “Our dynamic is we're just kind of friends, we get along so well. But all this sexual attraction is for the person and the work. We go to Coney Island and hang out. I would have sex with her music."


This isn’t the first time Franco has delved into writing; he’s actually penned several books, including Palo Alto: Stories, A California Childhood, and a book of poems, Strangest of the Litter.


What do you think: cool or creepy?

Flip-Side is available through pre-order via Penguin Random House and is due out on March 15, 2016.

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