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James Franco Puts on His Author's Cap for a Party Fêting His New Book

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"James doesn't want to wear just one sticker on his head that says, 'Actor,' or 'Good-looking guy,'" Fabien Baron said last night at an Interview magazine-sponsored fête celebrating the release of Franco's book of short stories, Palo Alto. Indeed, with as many career titles as he has—movie star, soap opera actor, grad student, author, drag queen—it's no wonder he was late to his own party.

While they waited for Franco to arrive, the likes of Elise Øverland, Helena Christensen, Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli, and Danish electro-pop artist Oh Land sipped Krug Champagne and munched on chocolate foie gras tarts at the newly opened James hotel rooftop. Terry Richardson—the photographer who shot Franco in drag for the cover of Candy magazine—spent most of this evening in front of the lens, posing for photos with Kalup Linzy.

Eventually, the man of the hour showed up, and when he did, he was ready to talk about another new project, the Danny Boyle-directed film 127 Hours. "It was intense," Franco said of the movie, which is based on the true story of a mountain climber who becomes trapped under a boulder. "A character like Aron Ralston, based on a real person—it's less important to get his exact behavior and more important to capture the essence of his experience."

Here's another true story: The party simmered down quickly around midnight after one guest's hair caught on fire. Luckily, it wasn't Franco's.

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