James Franco reads his own Obama inauguration poem – watch

Recalling his own meeting with the President, Franco notes: 'He knew me from Spider-Man...'

Multi-talented actor James Franco has composed a poem to mark the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch him reading it.

Titled ‘Obama In Asheville’, Franco’s poem mentions fellow actors Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Claire Danes and also contains references to Apocalypse Now and a burrito. During the poem, Franco recalls his own meeting with the President, noting: “He knew me from Spider-Man.”

The full text for ‘Obama In Asheville’ by James Franco can be read here. The actor’s writing skills were tapped by Yahoo! News, who also commissioned inauguration poems by four acclaimed wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize winners James Tate and Paul Muldoon.

President Obama’s inauguration ceremony took place in Washington DC yesterday (January 21) and featured an appearance from Beyonce, who sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ accompanied by the US Marine Band. Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor also performed at the event.

Meanwhile, the trailer for Franco’s new movie Spring Breakers has just been released. After premiering at the Venice Film Festival last September (2012), Spring Breakers became a hot topic online thanks to its provocative combination of drugs, guns and girls in bikinis. Click here to watch the teaser.