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01/08/2013 10:06 am ET

James Franco & Justin Bieber: Actor Records Music Video Of 'Boyfriend' (VIDEO)

James Franco is giving Justin Bieber a run for his money. The actor took to his WhoSay account on Monday to post a homemade music video for Justin Bieber's pop hit, "Boyfriend."

While the video has since been removed from Franco's account, it still lives online - take a look above.

Franco's version of "Boyfriend" shows him doing his best Bieber, sporting The Biebs' trademark bangs, cocked flat-brim hat, and hoodie sweatshirt. While Franco does a fairly convincing impression of the 18-year-old pop star, his video is noticeably less sexual than Bieber's original, which served as a coming-of-age breakout for the then squeaky-clean teen.

The transition hasn't been without its bumps. Photos recently surfaced of Bieber smoking what looks to be marijuana. Bieber's response to the allegations consisted of a tweet to his fans reading, "like i said...2013...new challenges. new doubters...Im ready. We are ready. see u all tomorrow and everyday after that. #BELIEVEtour"

In contrast to Bieber's big-budget choreographed music video, Franco's take seems to have been recorded on a tablet (there are reflections of the device on Franco throughout the video) with flashlights. The actor couldn't resist adding a bit of his own controversy, however. Ashley Benson, who also appears in the video, starred in the movie "Spring Breakers" with Franco and has been rumored to be Franco's new girlfriend. Franco denied the relationship in October on his Huffington Post blog, writing, "As for Gomez and Benson, those are Bieber's girls and I wouldn't dare tangle with the Biebs. I heard he wants to kick my ass. Yikes!"

If Bieber didn't want to kick his ass then, he might want to now.

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