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James Franco digitally removed from Vanity Fair cover

He was cut after the shoot.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Jan 26, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:15 am CDT

Vanity Fair’s highly anticipated Hollywood portfolio debuted on Thursday, one actor short of the originally planned ensemble.

While the portfolio originally intended to showcase 13 actors making waves in the industry, it decided to remove actor James Franco from the photo last minute, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

The magazine removed Franco from the shoot after allegations against him from five women were published in the Los Angeles Times this month. He had already sat for his portrait and an interview, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, Franco’s past of hitting on underage women wasn’t enough to keep him out of the shoot.

“We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,” a Vanity Fair spokesperson said.

Franco continues to deny the allegations in the Los Angeles Times story but has begun to distance himself from the industry by foregoing red carpet appearances during the 2018 awards season.

Often photographers opt to photograph models in an ensemble photo separately since it can be incredibly difficult to get a large number of high-profile people together in one room at the same time. Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot each actor separately and then digitally placed them in one photograph, making it easy to remove Franco from the shoot.

Unfortunately, it looks like the digital modification led to a few errors, as well. Some users on Twitter pointed out that it looks like Reese Witherspoon has three legs and Oprah has three hands.

The photo shoot features—left to right—Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and Robert De Niro.

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*First Published: Jan 26, 2018, 9:46 am CST