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James Franco gushes about Kristen Stewart: ‘Give her the crown’

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June 9, 2012

Robert Pattinson had better watch out! Another hot Hollywood actor is a fan of his girlfriend Kristen Stewart. James Franco, 34, gushed about the actress in a column he penned for Huffington Post about her new movie "Snow White and the Huntsman." In a piece called "Kristen Stewart the Queen," Franco, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 2010's "127 Hours," compared Stewart's life to that of the fairy tale princess she plays in the film. "Snow White is imprisoned in a tower for about a decade — let's say from age eight to 18. Some might argue that Stewart — or any young upstart buoyed by the surge of a successful franchise, album, or Internet meme — is just as unjustly charmed. Some could say she had a lucky break when she was cast in 'Twilight' and then rose to international stardom based less on her own skills than on the success of the project," Franco wrote. "But, whereas Snow White would more than likely be inarticulate, diseased and frail after being confined in a tower for 10 years, Kristen Stewart landed Twilight after years of working with some of the best directors in the business (David Fincher, Sean Penn). She actually does deserve the crown."

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Franco also praised Stewart, 22, for the way she's handled her life in the spotlight: "To me, then, the images of Snow White as a leader of immense strength, charging on horseback across the beach at the head of an army, has less to do with her character and more to do with the actress who plays her. Stewart has braved more scrutiny of her private life than most presidents. She has taken big career risks by doing films like 'Welcome to the Rileys,' 'The Runaways' and 'On the Road' (nudity, I hear). She has worked her ass off. Whatever Snow White may be, Kristen is a warrior queen. Give her the crown." Sounds like Franco is looking forward to Stewart's upcoming film "On the Road," based on the famous 1957 novel by Jack Kerouac!

Stewart's latest movie featuring Charlize Theron as her foe, the wicked queen, opened on June 1. The dark retelling of the children's story has already pulled in more than $75 million in the U.S., although reviews have been mixed. Franco himself criticized the flick only for the romantic relationship between Snow White and her huntsman, played by "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth. But even then, Franco was careful not to blame Stewart. "If Stewart and Hemsworth don't entirely pull off the romance of the year, it's the fault not of their acting as much as the script's structure. And if their previous incarnations are trailing them, that has less to do with their performances than with the overwhelmingly large place their previous roles occupy in our present culture. Whether they heed it or not, those two are under a ton of pressure: Is Chris just an unusually rugged man with a deep voice, or can he play anything other than a Norse god? Is Kristen just a pouty Vampire lover riding a temporary wave of pop culture madness, or is she the real deal? I believe that they are both talented and special performers who make the most of their material in this film."

The multi-talented Franco has shown an interest in writing before — although it had nothing to do with KStew. The "Freaks and Geeks" thespian released a collection of short stories, Palo Alto, last year. He also wrote a novel as his thesis before graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2008. Afterward, he famously enrolled in several graduate programs at prestigious schools like Columbia University and Yale University. And last month he even made time to organize an exhibition at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art dedicated to the iconic 1955 James Dean movie, "Rebel Without a Cause." On the acting front, his IMDb resume lists 10 (!) movies coming between now and 2014, including the bio-pic of former porn star Linda Lovelace, "Lovelace," and "Spring Breakers" with Selena Gomez. Do you think there will be a part in one of his new movies for Stewart?

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