We ALL had something to say about his performance at the Academy Awards.
With his blank stares and painfully obvious lack of care, none of us understood how the usually dedicated James Franco could botch up the most important night in Hollywood!
Well now our favorite overachiever–albeit sometimes a seemingly stoned one–is telling everyone what really went through his head that night.
…and we're not just talking about the time he compared co-host Anne Hathaway to the Tasmanian devil!
So sit back and relax, girls and boys, because he has A LOT to say!
On what discouraged him in the first place:
It's hard to talk about because it's like assigning blame — not a fun thing to do. For three or four weeks we shot the promos and the little film that played in the opening. In the last week, when we really started focusing on the script for the live show and did a run-through, I said to the producer, I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything. I just don't think this stuff's going to be good.
On being forced to wear drag:
I was so pissed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something — they couldn't blame that on me; I was in high heels. The plan had been that I was going to sing as Cher and then Cher was going to come out onstage; that got axed when Cher and the song from 'Burlesque' weren't nominated. I told them, 'Look, this is the thing people are going to talk about, the images they will take away from the show.' [Eventually] I just didn't want to fight anymore, even when they said, 'You'll come out as Marilyn Monroe. It'll be funny.' Me in drag is not funny.
On the criticism:
As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn't into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay Anne is going the enthusiastic route. I've been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I'm working with, and not force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that's how I was trying to do those lines. I felt kind of trapped in that material. I felt, This is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out.
Ahh, okay, so that explains it a little better.
Well, we can't speak for Anne, but WE forgive you, James!
Next time just make sure you stay in the nominee's pool!
[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]
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