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Inside The Mind Of James Franco: The WTF Happened On Oscar Night Edition

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James Franco Tells All On Oscars

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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21 comments to “Inside The Mind Of James Franco: The WTF Happened On Oscar Night Edition”

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  2. 2

    Seems to me he's putting the blame on everyone but himself.

  3. 3

    old old old news. didn't care then, sure don't care now.

  4. 4

    Who cares? I DID enjoy looking at Ann's clown make-up, tho. Why is she famous, again?

  5. 5

    How lame. He opened up a face book account while promoting the Oscars. After the Oscars he closes his account. Why James, you no longer needed to promote the show? Your an arrogant ass.

  6. 6

    He's totally right. They got 2 cool hosts and then gave them the same lame bruce villanch shtick. That's why it sucked. We were expecting better because they were involved and then got the same lamo stuff just said by a beautiful but extremely fake acting women and a hot and totally bored actor. Its the producers and writers fault entirely.

  7. 7

    Umm.. I thought they did a fine job. It didn't bother me at all.. Award shows have always been boring as hell… even the MTV movie awards suck now.. it's just how it is.

  8. 8

    just let it go…

  9. 9

    Even though this hasn't been relevant in months, I can kind of see his point (even though he's point the finger at everyone but himself).

    There's no point in trying to get "young" or "hip" hosts to bring in a younger audience if you're going to give them the same type of material you've done in the past when you've struggled to get a younger viewership. If you're trying to do that, than you need to really commit and get writers that have shown they can appeal to a more youthful demo.

    Also, he really couldn't have thought that him standing there like a bump on the log would be good. I mean, really. He could have just committed to the stoner bit because he comes off as one naturally anyway (even before Pineapple Express–his demeanor in interviews is very…odd).

  10. 10

    What an unprofessional, self centered fuck. You took the job, do the job. Dick.

  11. 11

    Anne HathaWay was so phoney during the show…gushing over the 'STARS' - so fake. He, at least, was real, and knows that he snorted a line next to the next presenter 5 minutes earlier in the crapper…

  12. 12

    Anne HathaWay is a major slut, I am told ……

  13. 13

    Exactly, do the job, you idiot. At least Anne tried with the material she was given.

  14. 14

    It's CLEARLY the writers' fault. James and Anne would have been capable of doing anything, and it was obvious they really didn't have much to work with…I felt bad for them. They deserved awesome material, they're amazing actors. If writers don't want to do their jobs, hire comedians.

  15. 15

    He knew what he was getting into…stop complaining already…who cares!!! take a bath and realize you have lost some semi fans….no one likes a wimp.

  16. 16

    Hmm, it was kinda interesting to hear what he said. Just reinforces that showbusiness can be weird, and comedy isn't easy.

  17. SF90 says – reply to this


    If he wasn't happy with the material why didn't he write his own, since he brags about how he's so "talented"?

  18. 18

    He's such a pretentious prick. Always everyone else's fault but his own. Grow a pair and say that you screwed up the Oscars. No big.

  19. cika says – reply to this



  20. 20

    no one forced him to do anything
    he is such a knobber, bashing gervais and having the ego to think he could do better, then he fails and blames everyone but the person responsible, himself

  21. 21

    I for one liked the show and them together. I still don't understand why everyone thought it was so horrible??