Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Ever the artiste and doer-of-things, James Franco has collaborated on a video series with AOL. Since the internet service provider can no longer rely on its message boards to maintain profitability, it launched various forms of television-grade programming. Hence, AOL enlisted Franco for an online show called Making a Scene With James Franco.
On the minisodes, a man spins a tombola drum and picks a ball with a TV trope, such as a dramatic breakup by two leads, or in this case "A Very Special Episode," written on it. Next, he spins a wheel with TV shows listed on them such as Dexter and Freaks and Geeks. The series the wheel landed on is none other than '90s and early '00s sitcom classic, Friends.
James Franco's take on Friends has to be dark and twisted to a degree, otherwise it's not James Franco, and of course, he plays Joey and Rachel. Sporting a denim pair of dungarees and "the Rachel" haircut Jennifer Aniston is renowned for, the recently Bar Mitzvah-ed actor-director-lecturer doesn't even alter his voice to make it feminine. Franco's Joey Tribbiani acknowledges his attractiveness just like the Joey we knew and loved, though.
Friends portrayed a plethora of ups and downs in all its character's lives, but one extremely beloved character in particular is in desperate need of an intervention. Find out who in episode seven: