The Hollywood cover of Vanity Fair this year became not only a traditional portrait of the “dream factory”, but also a celebration of the photoshop. Following the discussion on the network of the incident that happened with the figures of Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon in the photographs of Annie Leibovitz, it turned out that in the last few days the 39-year-old James Franco disappeared before the number was handed over.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: Actor/director James Franco attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

It is reported that the heroes of the photo session was originally not twelve, but thirteen, but after the scandal surrounding Franco (in early January, five women accused the actor of sexual harassment), the management of Vanity Fair decided to remove it from the cover of the Hollywood issue.

We decided not to put James Franco on the cover, as soon as we learned about the accusations against him,
“Vanity Fair spokesman said.


Photosessions for the Hollywood issue of the publication were held for several months. The magazine’s management acknowledged that the #MeToo movement influenced the choice of cover characters this year – it was decided to show strong Hollywood women, as well as men supporting them.

The news about the expulsion of James Franco has caused a lot of hype on the net. For example, Bobby Finger, writing for Jezebel, noticed that it was not difficult to remove the actor’s figure from the photo.

Great changes were not required. Michael Shannon and Zendai, probably, were not in the room when Reese and Nicole “draped themselves” with Oprah. Michael B. Jordan, probably never met with Tom Hanks. And Harrison Ford and Robert De Niro, most likely, forced Annie Leibovitz to come to their homes for shooting. I’m not even completely sure that these are their figures in the photo,

“Finger said ironically.