He was seen enjoying a spa date earlier this weekend with his girlfriend Isabel Pakzad.
But James Franco was enjoying the company of other friends on Sunday as he joined a group of his pals for lunch in New York City.
The Disaster Artist star was dressed casually for the encounter while rocking a stylish black leather jacket.
Having a bite: James Franco, 42, enjoyed the company of friends on Sunday as he joined a group of his pals for lunch in New York City
James indicated that he was a Deadhead based on his pale yellow tie-dye Grateful Dead T-shirt, and he matched his jacket with a pair of black jeans that were rolled up above his ankles.
He added a weathered pair of brown boots with red laces to give himself a rugged look, as well as a black toque.
The Spring Breakers star was joined on the way to the restaurant by one of his friends, who wore a blue graphic T-shirt for Utah’s Zion Canyon, along with brown pants and black and white trainers.
James wore an intriguing tube-style black mask with a white illustration, while his friend stuck with a black and white bandana covered in skulls to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Too cool for school: James wore a cool black leather jacket and indicated he was a Deadhead with is yellow Grateful Dead T-shirt. He also wore black jeans and weathered brown boots
Franco looked as if he might have business to discuss at the lunch, as he brought along a large black notebook that was stuffed with pens.
Seemingly missing from the meeting was his much younger girlfriend Isabel Pakzad, 27.
The couple, who tend to keep to themselves, have reportedly been dating since November 2017, though they didn’t make their red carpet debut together until July 2018.
Isabel, a Penn State graduate, previously was at the University of Southern California for a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology.
Franco also previously taught film courses at USC.
His girlfriend has only had a few film and television roles, but her largest parts to date include a small role in the comic book film Birds of Prey and a role in Franco’s acclaimed HBO series The Deuce.
Work lunch: Franco looked as if he might have business to discuss at the lunch, as he brought along a large black notebook stuffed with pens
MIA: Seemingly missing from the meeting was his much younger girlfriend Isabel Pakzad, 27. The couple enjoyed a spa date on Friday
The aspiring actress seems to have been unfazed by accusations of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior leveled against the actor in January 2018.
A Los Angeles Times report quoted five women on their experiences with him.
Some described him allegedly trying to pressure women on the set of his project to show their breasts and fuming after no one volunteered, while another woman claimed that he removed protective covers from her and other actress genitals during a scene of simulated oral sex.
One woman described being allegedly pressured into performing oral sex on the actor in a car, though she later continued a consensual relationship with him.
Going strong: The couple keep a low profile, but they’ve been dating since November 2017. She was previously a grad student at USC, where Franco once taught; shown September 2019
Chilling allegations: The Pineapple Express star was accused of pressuring actresses into doing nude scenes and pressuring one romantic partner into performing oral sex in January 2018; pictured in April 2019
Last year, Franco became entangled in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ongoing legal action over their own alleged abuse.
His testimony was sought after elevator security footage showed him next to Heard a day after a fight with Depp that allegedly left her bloodied and bruised.
Depp’s attorney’s wanted the Pineapple Express star to give his assessment of Heard’s condition following the alleged attack.
Stuck in the middle: He was wrapped up in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s legal battles after security footage showed him next to Heard a day after she alleged Depp assaulted her; shown in 2016