Will Meinen | The Omaha Tattler
OMAHA, Neb. — Is there anything this guy can’t do? James Franco is a movie star, a published writer, an aspiring video auteur and installment artist, and a PhD student at Yale. Aside from his enormous failure at the Oscar’s, he’s the last son of Krypton. Well, hold on to your copies of “Milk,” because you can now add medical professional in the third world to the list of James Franco accomplishments. According to The New England Journal of Medicine the actor has decided to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
“I have been so fortunate in my career, I feel it’s time to give something back,” said Franco with a charming grin. “I thought about just donating money to the organization, but realized, ‘I’m James Franco.’ What’s a better way to give back than to take night classes and become a surgeon?”
MSF President Mathew Sptizer was enthusiastic about having the high-profile Hollywood star align himself with the organization. His enthusiasm decreased considerably after learning of Franco’s intentions.
“Mr. Franco is clearly a very ambitious and intelligent individual,” praised Spitzer. “However, our volunteers are highly trained professionals with at least a decade of schooling and residency. Mr. Franco would benefit our organization best by lending his celebrity to the cause or by offering a financial donation.”
The star of “Pineapple Express” sees it differently.
“I understand Mr. Spitzer’s skepticism. My advisor at Yale didn’t think it possible for me to pursue a doctorate while acting full time and hosting the Oscars, but I have been able to juggle all of my responsibilities. I think the best way for me to assist the people of Sub-Saharan Africa is to repair their cleft palates myself.”