James Franco, the 39-year-old actor and director, has been around the limelight for a long time, in various movie and TV roles. But there’s one place he’s been missing from in recent years – Instagram.

As it turns out, a specific photo of a semi-naked Franco with his hand down his underwear – was one of the main reasons…

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James Franco is a bit of a mystery – he keeps changing roles, both on the screen and off the screen.

One day he’s a hunky, muscular heart-throb. Then he’s a serious dramatic actor, and director. He’s straight, but with a lot of… queer tendencies (having starred in and produced gay porn biopic King Cobra).

In an interview with Variety, James talks about “making it” in Hollywood, about how it doesn’t necessarily fill the hole – and, on the reasons he left Instagram.

“It’s very liberating”, he says. “I just got rid of it. When I first got on, it just felt silly. I treated it like it was a joke. You get in that weird seductive space where it feels private, but it’s also public. And you get hooked on the reaction.”

But that’s when he apparently took it too far.

“I was testing the bounds. It’s sort of the way I see people like the Kardashians. They are staking out new ground and what these spaces are. They are making a lot of money off of it. What will happen if I do that?

And you get reactions. There was some photo I did. I wasn’t naked. I’m sure Rihanna has posted a bunch more risqué photos. It was just the attitude of the photo.

It was sweaty. My hand was in my boxers. It just looked gross. And I remember Gucci saying, ‘Don’t do any more photos like that.’”

Read the full interview right here.