He's a modern-day Renaissance man, but you’ve never seen James Franco like this before.
The Oscar-nominated actor has been posting several racy photos of himself on his Instagram account, one of which shows James wearing nothing but a Santa hat and a teeny pair of red briefs.
The 35-year-old explained the picture via its caption, claiming that it would appear in Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday beefcake calendar.
He wrote: “MERRY XMAS!!!! - ELLEN MADE ME tHIS CAlENDaR.”
If you suspected James looks a little more chiseled than average in the snaps, you’re right; his head has been clearly Photoshopped onto the body of a male underwear model.
Apparently, the calendar has a common theme (besides near-nudity); all of the images star some furry feline friends.
James is scheduled to appear on Ellen’s talk show on Nov. 18, where he may enlighten his fans about what this bizarre – but kind of cute – calendar is all about.
Check out more images from the so-called “James Franco calendar” below!
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