It’s been almost six months since James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars but the actor is opening up about what went wrong on one of the biggest night’s in Hollywood. For starters, he said it’s about not having good material and then he dished about dressing up in drag.
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James told Playboy (via USA Today), in the week leading up to the Oscars, he just wasn’t feeling it. “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.’ “
As for what stuff in particular, let’s just say that James was less than psyched to get on that stage in 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.” He explained the plan was going to sing as Cher and then the diva herself was going to come on stage. When she and the Burlesque song weren’t nominated, that plan was ditched.
Plan B apparently was the Marilyn Monroe skit.“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.” Not picking battles at that point, he “just didn’t want to argue anymore.”
He added, “I was going with their program; I wanted to do the material they gave me, not be one of the many cooks doing the writing. There were a lot of cooks who shouldn’t have been cooking but were allowed to. There were some cooks my manager tried to bring in, like Judd Apatow, who wrote some very funny stuff that wasn’t used.”
What do you think about James dishing about Oscars night now, months after it’s happened? Pointing blame for the flop or maybe he just wants to justify himself? Sound off in the comments!