• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

OTRC: James Franco slams NY Times critic over 'Of Mice and Men' review - report

James Franco appears at the after Party for the opening night for John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" on Broadway on April 16, 2014. (Amanda Schwab/Startraksphoto.com)

James Franco reportedly didn't hold back on New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley recently.

The 35-year-old actor, who is currently starring as George Milton in a Broadway revival of "Of Mice and Men," took to Instagram to share Variety's favorable review of the play.

However, according to CNN, Franco also criticized Brantley and the critic's review of the revival in the initial caption for the Instagram photo. The actor reportedly wrote, "Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves."

"Brantley is such a little [expletive] he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the paper of record," Franco added, according to the news outlet. "The theatre community hates him, and for good reason, he's an idiot."

The Instagram post in question is still featured on Franco's page, but the comments about Brantley do not currently appear in the caption.

Brantley has been critical of Hollywood stars on Broadway in the past. Back in 2009, Brantley wrote an article in which he criticized the trend of casting A-list Hollywood stars in Broadway plays during the first decade of the millennium.

Of Franco's performance, Brantley notes the actor "sports a Yosemite Sam accent" and says the actor's performance "is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It's a tight, internal performance begging for a camera's close-up."

Back in 2009, Brantley wrote an article in which he criticized the trend of Hollywood stars appearing in Broadway plays during the first decade of the millennium.

After listing off celebrities who appeared on Broadway during the decade -- including Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe and Scarlett Johansson -- Brantley wrote, "Let me say that none of these performers were embarrassing in their parts, though a few were initially stiffened by self-consciousness. On the other hand, none of them were really right for their parts, either, and I can't think of a single case in which they left me with fresh insights into their plays..."

This is the second time Franco's interactions on Instagram have gotten him attention this month. Franco previously admitted he was embarrassed about reportedly flirting with a 17-year-old Scottish girl on Instagram.

(Copyright ©2014 OnTheRedCarpet.com. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments