James Franco shows off bulked up body while shirtless for sun soak in Greece

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James Franco showed off his physique on a trip to a beach in Athens. Pic credit: ©

James Franco showed off his bulked-up physique while topping up his tan during a trip to the beach.

The 44-year-old was seen bare-chested as he enjoyed soaking up the sun in Athens, Greece.

James has kept a relatively low profile for the past couple of years. The Hollywood star stepped away from acting in 2018 as sexual misconduct allegations surfaced at the height of the #MeToo movement.

However, he looked relaxed as he visited the beach in the Greek capital with a friend.

The Academy Award-nominated actor, known for his collaborations with actor Seth Rogan, donned a pair of black swimming trunks during the trip.

He finished the look with an orange baseball cap. 

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James Franco to make a return to acting in a new movie called Me, You

It was revealed earlier this year that James is returning to acting after leaving the spotlight following previous sexual misconduct allegations against him. 

He will be back on the big screen with a movie that will soon begin shooting after four years away from the public eye. 

The Pineapple Express actor will star in the movie Me, You, based on the novel Tu, Mia by Erri De Luca.

He will star alongside Tom Hollander and Daisy Jacobs in the Bille August-directed film.

The film takes place in a post-World War II setting. The coming-of-age drama features a 16-year-old boy who leaves a Scottish boarding school to befriend a U.S. GI who served in the war and became a fisherman. 

James Franco will play the fisherman, and Tom Hollander will play the Scottish student. The film follows the two as they go fishing in Italy and learn the riveting tales of the former soldier. 

James Franco’s sexual misconduct allegations stemmed from his acting school

James Franco previously started an acting school as a passion project. Called Studio 4, it offered others a chance to work with and learn from the award-winning actor. 

But allegations of sexual misconduct later surfaced, with accusers reporting they felt uncomfortable when James allegedly pushed them to engage in increasingly explicit sex scenes.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one of five women to accuse James Franco of wrongdoing. She told the Los Angeles Times, “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable.”

Franco has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

In 2021, the actor and associated entities agreed to pay $2,235,000 to settle a lawsuit regarding the sexual misconduct allegations. The film school, Studio 4, is now closed. 

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