In the latest string of unpredictable career moves, actor James Franco has taken a full-time position working as a cashier at a Trader Joe’s in Austin, Texas. Franco, who in recent years has published poetry, taught college classes, directed a movie about bondage, threw his own celebrity roast on Comedy Central, played the villain in a Jason Statham action film, and tried picking up a teenage girl in New York City, felt taking the job at Trader Joe’s was the best way to stay true to himself and torture his agents at CAA.
“I’m actually a much better cashier than I am a poet,” Franco told Hollywood & Swine. “Although my agents were less than happy with my decision to work at Trader Joe’s, they thought it was a smarter career decision than the one I made hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway.”
Franco’s manager at Trader Joe’s, Brad Nelson, admitted he was shocked when the “127 Hours” star walked into his store and asked for an application.
“We haven’t had an Oscar-nominated actor ask for a job since we hired Tom Hulce to work in the produce section,” Nelson said. “I almost didn’t give him the job when I saw the films ‘Annapolis,’ ‘Tristan & Isolde’ and ‘Flyboys’ on his resume under previous employment. But other than the fact he tries to pick up teen customers and leaves early to smoke pot with Seth Rogen, he’s an ideal employee.”