Oh, that James Franco! He’s such a prankster, and it seems no one is safe when it comes to his jokes — not even his own brother.
Franco posted an Instagram photo of what looks like a screenshot of a gossip site featuring his own brother, Dave Franco, and actor Zac Efron getting cozy. In one photo, the two are giggling it up at a sporting event, and in another they are caught in a warm embrace. The headline of the article on the undisclosed site reads “Zac Efron Dating ‘Neighbors’ Costar Dave Franco.” James’ caption for the post is “Effron and My brother dating!!!!!! Congrats, boys! I’m so happy for you!!!”
We can just see James sitting behind his keyboard with his usual Cheshire cat grin as he’s doctoring the “screenshot.”
This is only the latest in James’ feigned Instagram scandals. In April, he caught some heat for attempting to pick up a 17-year-old girl on the social media site, but many later believed it to be a publicity stunt for his movie Palo Alto, which is about a soccer coach having an affair with an underage girl and premiered around the same time. Franco also stirred up some controversy in May when he posted a bevy of nude selfies and explained on The Late Show that he was showing skin because “it’s what the people want.”
The younger Franco brother isn’t shy when it comes to pranking, either. He recently created a fake Tinder account under the name Djengus Roundstone and took a hilarious cruise with Conan O’Brien. “I enjoy wearing Crocs for their style over their comfort, and I hear I look like a poor man’s Dave Franco. F*** Dave Franco!” his profile description reads.
As for Efron, this is the second bit of dating speculation to swirl about the internet lately. He’s been seen making out with Michelle Rodriguez and reportedly had a sleepover at her house earlier this week.
Though it looks as if this tidbit of gossip is a hoax, James got one thing right: Dave and Zac certainly would make a dreamy couple.