James Franco has cancelled his appearance and keynote address at UCLA’s June 12 commencement ceremony.
The Pineapple Express star pulled out of the engagement due to scheduling conflicts with an unidentified upcoming film — although we can’t help but wonder if this has anything to do with that Facebook group that several hundred graduating students launched in protest of James’ invitation. .
“I deeply regret not being able to keep my commitment to giving the commencement speech at UCLA’s graduation this year,” the 31-year-old actor — a 2008 UCLA graduate — said in a statement Thursday. “Unfortunately, the date conflicts with me needing to be on location to begin pre-production on my next film. I wish everyone in the 2009 class the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.”