Why Isn’t James Franco Wearing A Suit On GQ’s New Cover?

GQ‘s annual Men of the Year issue always features famous guys who are given different monikers of awesomeness. This year, James Franco shines as the magazine’s Leading Man. And we certainly can’t say he doesn’t deserve it, especially given all the hard work he’s done (and the photos of him in drag we spotted in October).

But what gives us pause is the clothing — or relative lack thereof — that Franco is wearing in his cover shot. Unlike the other three formally dressed male cover stars (and Scarlett Johannson in Alexander Wang, who we’ll get to later), Franco assumes a rather casual pose in a rumpled red t-shirt from Armani Exchange and nothing else.

And while there’s nothing wrong with rumpled red t-shirts from Armani Exchange, the Jim Nelson era of GQ has generally meant that guys who got covers had to suit up. With the exception of Clint Eastwood‘s cover last December and this November’s cover with the kids from Glee, we can’t remember a single GQ cover guy in recent history who wasn’t at least wearing a tie, and Franco was wearing both a coat and a tie when he covered the book in September 2008. (It’s worth mentioning that women on the cover of the magazine generally wear very little.)

But maybe Franco’s t-shirt is a good thing — maybe in some weird way Jim Moore and Damien Nunes are trying to tell us that gentlemen should be as comfortable in a suit as they are in their favorite t-shirt.

Or maybe Franco’s just a badass and refused to wear a blazer. Check out the looks below (including the unfortunately annointed Babe of the Year Scarlett Johannson) and let us know where Franco’s shot stacks up with the rest.

[Photos via GQ]

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