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The revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd opened on Broadway Wednesday night to mostly favorable reviews. But Franco found a mixed review from The New York Times’ Ben Brantley, which angered him so much that he took to Instagram.
Of Mice And Men features Franco as George, with the bumbling giant Lennie portrayed by O’Dowd. Brantley didn’t overwhelmingly slam the production, just noted some of its shortcomings. He wrote that Franco “is often understated to the point of near invisibility.”
But that was enough to cause Franco to lash out on Instagram, notes Entertainment Weekly. In a now-deleted post praising Variety’s positive review, Franco called Brantly a “little bitch” in all capital letters, adding “the theater community hates him.”
Franco later deleted that post, adding another one with just the Variety quote and link. However, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair did snap a screenshot of the original post.
Ohh brother pic.twitter.com/TKM3NktC7P
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) April 17, 2014
Of Mice And Men is scheduled to run through July at the Longacre Theatre.
image from Twitter via Richard Lawson