James Franco really likes to take selfies; his Instagram account is full of them. And some of his more recent ones feature Franco shirtless in bed – alone or with someone else. It's what he considers an "intimate portrait" of himself, according to a report from The Associated Press.
"It's not like I'm exposing myself or anything," Franco said.
One photo features Franco and Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen shirtless together. This came after Allen saw Franco perform in Broadway's Of Mice and Men.
The photo makes it look like the two are not wearing anything underneath the sheets. However, Allen posted another photo on his own Instagram account, showing that he is wearing pants, and added a caption that said James showed him "how to do a proper bed selfie."
When it comes to his selfies and Instagram, James Franco said he is "just playing around with [it] like everybody else." He added that he likes seeing how people react to his photos, and he mentioned how his have caused "a lot of stir" and reporters have asked him about them during interviews.
Last year, James Franco published an essay in The New York Times titled "The Meaning of the Selfie." James wrote about how he has been "accused" of posting too many selfies and how some have called him "the selfie king."
"Maybe this is so, but only because I've learned that the selfie is one of the most popular ways to post — and garner the most likes from followers," Franco wrote.
James Franco was recently caught up in an Instagram scandal, in which he accidentally hit on a 17-year-old girl. The Inquisitr reported that James has since apologized for the incident, calling social media "tricky."
"In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world," Franco added.
But there have been some debates on whether or not the scandal was part of a marketing scheme for James Franco's new film, Palo Alto, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24. The trailer for the film released shortly after word had gotten out that Franco was caught flirting with the underage woman. And it turns out he plays a character that tries to take advantage of a teenage girl in the film.
Franco's co-star, Emma Roberts, and director Gia Coppola spoke to HuffPost Live about the film, and neither would comment on the scandal. Roberts said the whole thing is "irrelevant" to the film.
"I honestly didn't read any of it," she said.
Coppola said she hasn't spoken to James about the incident, but she called him a "great, giving guy."
"I adore James," she said.