Like anyone else who knows him, you may think of James Franco as a little dumb person based on his funny movies. But he is more of a genius!
James Franco is a brilliant actor with an IQ of 130, which is considered the top 2% of the world’s population.
While he has many movies to his name, we can also see why he’s considered a genius. James is a professor too.
While the star was filming “Spiderman 3,” he re-enrolled at UCLA to complete his English Major.
He was permitted to take on 62 credits per term. This was three times higher than the average number allowed.
James filmed movies and multi-tasked with a ton of classes.
He later moved to New York for graduate school. He simultaneously attended three institutions: Columbia University, New York University, and Brooklyn College.
After securing his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Columbia University (2010), James was not done yet. Franco went to Yale and obtained his Ph.D. in English.
Having obtained the knowledge, he wanted to share it. This turned him into a teacher and taught poetry classes to film students at New York University.
James Franco Education
He attended Palo Alto High School, where he was notable for his rebellious behavior.
He once said he often got into trouble with the police for minor offenses during his first two years in High School.
“In my first two years of high school, I got into a lot of trouble with the police for minor things: graffiti, stealing, crashing cars.”
He later said in an interview that it was a teen against him.
After completing high school in 1996, he briefly studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), before he dropped out. He later returned and got his first degree there.
As mentioned earlier, he was permitted to take 62 credits simultaneously, 42 more than normal.
So many have wondered how he managed to do all this in one term.
Some people question the credibility of how he completed the 62 credits.
In 2020, a heated discussion about the topic started on Reddit.
A user claimed James did not finish school. He just had some aides to it for him and even got a professor fired when they tried to cook his grades.
“Isn’t that how rich people in college work?” replied another user.
Given how time-intensive PhDs are, many doubted if James managed the overall load.
But never write off geniuses. Some people believe his high IQ was very important at that time.
Jason Eiker-Wiles on Quora claimed he shared some classes with James.
“I had a class with him, and he almost always arrived early and was pretty much the most interested/knowledgeable/prepared student in the class. So he either did all the required reading and more or had someone do it for him.”
The responses also revealed that it could happen in many different ways, such as the ‘Experimental learning portfolio, internships, CLEP Test, Transfer credit, and Coursework.
It is assumed James used a combination of different ways to do the 62 credits. However, it requires energy and dedication.
James Franco’s Career
James Franco is also known for his work in the Film industry.
His first famous acting role was in the 1999-2000 comedy-drama, Freaks and Geeks, where he was the character Daniel Desario.
James developed a massive following from this work.
He also won the Golden Globe Award for the television film James Dean (2001), where he portrayed the title character.
He had a recurring role in the soap opera General Hospital between 2009 and 2012.
He also starred in the HBO drama The Deuce (2017-2020), a David Simon creation.
The star volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity. He has taught at UCLA and his high school.
James Edward Franco is an actor, filmmaker, teacher, and author. During his career, he accumulated a net worth of $20 million.