James franco wrote that book about lana del rey because she told him to

James Franco is as James Franco does. That’s about the simplest way we can explain the randomness that is his prolificacy. For the latest installment, he’s written an entire book devoted to singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey because, well, she kind of told him to. Maybe?!

The 100-page paperback book, which he co-wrote with his “War Is Beautiful” collaborator David Shields, is called “Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey,” and it is expected to hit shelves on March 15, 2016.

The cover art was revealed by Penguin Random House (via People), and little is known about the substance of the work at this time.

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However, a quick review of Franco’s tribute to Lana following their collaboration for V Magazine reveals that she basically was the one who told him to write the book in the first place — and gave him instruction on the direction as well.

His “essay” for her, which was titled “Shades of Cool,” described Lana as an enigmatic wonder that essentially reflects the things he believes to be true about himself (cue the Justin Timberlake “Mirror” chorus).

“She is a musician who is a poet and a video artist … The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend. My axle, like her voice is for her, is my acting. Out of it, I do everything else.”

He went on to defend her for any perceived introversion, attributing it to her super duper artsy nature.

“Lana lives in her art, and when she comes down to earth for interviews, it gets messy, because she isn’t made for this earth. She is made to live in the world she creates. She is one who has been so disappointed by life, she had to create her own world. Just let her live in it,” wrote Franco. “I am a performer and she is a performer.”

Same, guys. SAME. Got that?

Indeed, Franco was so taken by Lana that he told her he wanted to write a book about her, and she encouraged it. “I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, ’Just write around me, it’s better if it’s not my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.’”

Annnnd here we are. Any questions?