Everyone and their Jewish mothers knew Seth Rogen was throwing James Franco a bar mitzvah later this month for his Hilarity for Charity benefit to raise money for Alzheimer’s (You can donate here.). While the circumcision was still up for grabs, we discovered that Franco’s coming-of-age ceremony already happened. “He did his actual bar mitzvah last night,” Rogen told Vulture Saturday night at the New York Film Festival premiere of Steve Jobs, in which he plays Steve Wozniak. “I might have a picture that my friend sent me.” Rogen then pulled out his iPhone to show us the photo.
Everything looked legit: Franco was wearing a tallis prayer shawl and kippah while reading from a Torah scroll. “The Rabbi wouldn’t do it on the actual event, so he did it last night at our friend’s house and we filmed it and we’ll show it at our fund-raiser,” Rogen said. “He really got bar mitzvahed!”
And of course, Franco’s Torah reading was in Hebrew. “What else is James Franco going to do?” Rogen said. Awkward dance circles are also in the works. “I’m trying to organize a hora, specifically with some Jewish, uh, pop singers,” Rogen said, giggling. “If there’s any singer who’s Jewish, we’re getting them in there. Lisa Loeb. I think Haim is Jewish, I’m not sure. But yeah, we’ll find them.”
Mazel tov, James! We’re farklempt from kvelling so hard.