April 24, 2014 2:38 pm

James Franco defends ‘intimate’ selfies

Actor James Franco, pictured in April 2014.

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NEW YORK – James Franco says his recent Instagram postings of him in bed — alone or not — are his way of sharing a “very kind of intimate portrait” of himself and to get people talking.

“It’s not like I’m exposing myself or anything,” he said in an interview Thursday.

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Franco calls selfies and Instagram phenomena “that I am just playing around with like everybody else” to see what kind of reaction it evokes. He says when he takes pictures of himself, “It’s almost like it’s connected to you” and that by putting “that intimate space out there it’s kind of this new thing that we’re all getting used to.”

He also says that it “obviously causes a lot of stir,” noting that he was being asked about the photos by reporters.

The actor, author and director wrote in a New York Times essay last December titled “The Meanings Of The Selfie” that he has “become increasingly addicted to Instagram” and acknowledged that he has “been accused of posting too many of them.”

Lately the actor, who currently stars in Broadway’s Of Mice and Men, has been posting shirtless photos of himself in bed. He even posted one this week showing him in bed with one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars with the caption, “BED SELFIE WITH KEEGAN ALLEN!!!!! TIME TO GO NUTS!!!!” Another selfie Keegan posted showed Franco smiling and that Keegan was wearing pants under their blanket.

Keegan has worked with Franco on three recent films: The Sound and the Fury, Bukowski and Palo Alto.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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