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James Franco: 'I Don't Need to Be Liked for Anything I Do'

Gary Miller/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- James Franco says he's quite comfortable with the digs leveled at him for taking on so many projects. The actor tells Bullett magazine he can handle anything thrown his way.

"Criticism can sting but not for long. At this point I've heard it all, good and bad. I can take anything," says the 34-year-old star.

"If anyone wants to say that my doing these things makes me a jerk, that's not about me -- that's about people reacting to me. I don't need to be liked for anything I do," he continued. "I put out a lot of different kinds of material, and maybe people read that as egotistical. Or maybe, since a lot of it does involve some aspect of me, they find it self-aggrandizing. But there's a long tradition of artists using themselves."

Franco admits he’s not “perfect,” and has a healthy self-obsession. However, his Oz the Great and Powerful co-star, Mila Kunis,vouches for the actor’s “good guy” credibility.

Kunis tells Bullett, "I think people would be surprised by what a calm and decent person he is. I don't want to get too personal but he's very humble. People know that he's well-educated and that he's well-read, but they might not know that he's also a really good guy."

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