Listen, we’re MORE than excited about all the chitchat surrounding Spring Breakers and it’s upcoming release, especially when it relates to James Franco. I mean, we can’t get enough of his sick braids, Hawaiian shirts, and all-around Riff Raff–inspired Florida rapper steez in the film, but, we have to admit, when we peeped Bullett magazine’s latest photo shoot featuring Mr. Franco, it felt like the BIGGEST breath of fresh air. James is completely stripped of his gangster nuances—no tattoos, no grills, and (perhaps most importantly) no cornrows. Instead, he takes on an entirely different era—the ’80s! James is juxtaposed against KILLER surrealist art deco backgrounds while sporting bold suit jackets and feathered hair in a spread that feels very (as Gaby Wilson put it) “Miami Vice meets Salvador Dali.” We couldn’t agree more. In his first look, James wears a fire engine red suit jacket with a matching red and white striped tie, black trousers and crisp white shirt. We love his fake-outdoor-but-obviously-in-a-studio set-up that (thanks to some serious mood-lighting) really brings the drama.
We’ll give you a minute to fully soak this one in. Yep, that’s James Franco in a blindingly-bright yellow blazer with a purple polka dot tie wrapped around the neck like a collar. The shadowy lighting + plywood Swiss cheese holes + sky backdrop + fake ferns are REALLY doing it for us. Can this be the new high school yearbook photo standard? Please?
Whoa. Did we just walk into a Talking Heads music video or what? The all-black suit paired with larger-than-life geometry is giving us serious David Byrne circa “Once In A Lifetime” vibes, and we are SO not mad at that.
Ahhhh, the glamor shot! James looks like a total ’80s heartthrob in his slightly-unbuttoned dark gray shirt and perfectly-coiffed hair. The sunset looks RULL good against golden-brown eyes, and we’re seriously obsessed with the stylistic border around the photo. PERF.