While some celebrities hate reading negative comments about their personal lives, Oz the Great and Powerful star James Franco says he takes it on the chin.
The Spring Breakers actor says that he doesn’t let criticism get to him anymore, because he doesn’t need to be liked by strangers.
The 34-year-old explained: “Criticism can sting but not for long. At this point I’ve heard it all, good and bad. I can take anything.
“If anyone wants to say that my doing these things makes me a jerk, that’s not about me – that’s about people reacting to me.
“I don’t need to be liked for anything I do,” adds Franco, who is rumored to be romancing his Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson.
“I put out a lot of different kinds of material, and maybe people read that as egotistical. Or maybe, since a lot of it does involve some aspect of me, they find it self-aggrandizing.
“But there’s a long tradition of artists using themselves,” James added to the spring issue of Bullett magazine.
“Look, I know I’m not perfect. And, who knows, maybe a part of it has to do with self-obsession. But it’s also about using this weird thing that is a public persona as raw material for creative projects.”