Are The Permit Police Set to Swoop Down on James Franco?

What do you want to bet some of that studio-ing involves porn?

from – Hollywood star James Franco has been described as a ‘neighbour from hell’.

He is said to be running a ‘major production’ company from his $750,000 home.

A neighbour in the exclusive Silver Lake area of Los Angeles have complained about dozens of people coming and going from his mansion.

They said it is being used for film shoots and speculate that the 37-year-old star does not even live there.

One disgruntled neighbour said:’ At first, my partner and I were pleased to have Mr Franco living next door.

‘His work in Milk and his academic pursuits made us happy he was on our street. That is no longer the case.

‘If, in fact, Mr Franco has purchased the house next door, it does not appear to be inhabited by the actor; it does appear to be inhabited by several people who are working for him.

‘In addition, over the course of the last weeks the individuals living on the property appear to be running a MAJOR production company out of the house and have also used it for shoots. ‘

In an email to the website Curbed Los Angeles the couple complain about crowds of people at the property with some holding business meetings outside.

‘[They] treat us as if we are eavesdropping sycophants when we walk out our gate to our car; and as I write this, they’ve set up hair and make-up in their driveway.

‘When I asked Iris about this, Iris basically informed me they could do whatever they want on their property. Really? Running a production of such impact and magnitude in a residential area doesn’t violate any zoning restrictions? Are there no limits to the kinds of businesses one can run?

‘We like James Franco and we like some of his movies,’ the anonymous complainant signs off. ‘But we’re not so enamoured of his presence that we are willing to give up our sanity in our own home.’

The complaint comes as Franco revealed he lost lucrative advertising deals over his involvement with films about the porn industry.

The ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ star produced ‘Kink’, a documentary about a hardcore porn studio.

He also directed ‘Interior: Leather Bar’ – which features gay sex scenes.

But his involvement with the ‘risky’ projects was off putting to companies looking to sign Franco to an endorsement deal.

He admitted: ‘It is a risk. The films I have did get a lot of praise, but I did get some pressure from other areas.

‘I was supposed to do a commercial with this company and they pulled out because they weren’t happy, they didn’t like the subject matter of the films.

‘It was a champagne company. You’d think they’d be grown up enough but I’ve had it happen with this company and a car company as well.’

The 34 year old, whose films include ‘127 Hours’ said he will not be put off from taking on film projects just because others disapprove.

‘If I’m at the threshold of doing a project and the question comes up, ‘Will this be harmful to your career?’, I never want that to be a deciding factor.’ he told Attitude Magazine.

Franco will next be seen playing Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the film ‘Lovelace’ which tells the true life story of the adult film star Linda Lovelace.

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