[James Franco] A gorgeous burnout with a black leather jacket, a great smile, and puppy dog eyes, Daniel is the kind of guy who ignites most girls' longing for a bad boy... including Lindsay's. Too bad he's in a complicated on-again/off-again thing with the terrifying Kim Kelley. Though he doesn't really have the selfless heart of gold that most girls probably want him to have, he does stand by his friends and isn't the type to pick on anyone. He's pretty "live and let live" -- except when it comes to society and The Man trying to keep him down. The fact that school success doesn't come easily to him -- he's been left back twice -- has led him to stop caring about it. Or at least, to pretend not to care.