James Franco may be on his way to A-list actor status after his performance in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” but that certainly doesn’t make him a good neighbor.
In fact, Franco could be the worst neighbor ever, at least that’s what a disgruntled Los Angeles resident who lives in close proximity to him thinks.
One of his neighbors tore the 34-year-actor apart via an anonymous email posted on real estate blog Curbed LA on Friday, saying he had a harmful impact on the quiet street.
The letter writer first acknowledged Franco’s work in the movie “Milk” and his academic pursuits, where he or she admitted to being proud to call him a neighbor at first, but that didn’t last long.
The complaint goes on to say that people apparently living in Franco's compound began to do film shoots inside of his home several weeks ago. According to the letter, a person named Iris claims the shoots are actually a full-time production inside of Franco’s home.
Even though it might seem glamorous to live next door to a movie star, the email claims the annoyances are almost too much to bear:
“Large white production trucks and various other vehicles block our driveway and use it as a loading zone and block our street with such regularity that we have begun calling parking enforcement to have them ticketed; racks of costumes come and go; crowds of people constantly stream in and out of the house and have business meetings in front of OUR house and treat us as if we are eavesdropping sycophants when we walk out our gate to our car; and as I write this, they've set up hair and make-up in their driveway."
Franco has had the compound in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood since November 2012 after buying it for $775,000, according to the Huffington Post.
Real estate expert Deidre Woollard from Realtor.com lived in what is now the Franco home from 2004 to 2010. She said the compound is located on a quiet street and "parking is at a premium."
"Those who live there are friendly but also value their privacy and the specialness of this older neighborhood," she told the Huffington Post. "Because the street ends in steps on one end, there is no easy way to turn cars around, and even the smallest amount of congestion can cause a real problem."
Woollard added: "It’s a pretty cool old neighborhood in Silver Lake."