Shortly after reviews were published, Franco took to Instagram to share Marilyn Stasio's rave in Variety. In a comment below his post, Franco called Brantley several names, including "a little bitch," and suggested that the veteran Times critic work for Gawker.com.
Franco's comment was taken down, but not before Vanity Fair columnist Richard Lawson was able to take a screen grab of the post.
Ohh brother pic.twitter.com/TKM3NktC7P — Richard Lawson (@rilaws) April 17, 2014
Brantley responded to Franco's post in an interview with the New York Observer today. "I like Franco’s work on film a lot," he said, "and he didn’t disgrace himself on stage. I hope he returns to Broadway some day. And of course he’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it’s not libelous, and somehow I don’t think 'little bitch' qualifies."
Franco isn't the first Broadway actor to go public with their own opinions of critics' reviews. Alec Baldwin, unhappy with how his play Orphans had been treated by the Times, shared his feelings with The Huffington Post last year.
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