James Franco continues to explain his Oscar bomb


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Months after “127 Hours” star James Franco sucked the life out of the Academy Awards (creating some serious overcompensation by his co-host, Anne Hathaway), the Oscar-nominated actor continues to point fingers in hopes of explaining why he came off as less-than-successful in his Oscar debut.

In an upcoming Playboy interview, Franco rails that he told producers he wasn’t sure why they hired him for the gig because they didn’t bother to give him any decent material to work with. “You haven’t given me anything,” Franco reportedly told them. “I just don’t think this stuff’s going to be good.”

Franco says he mostly annoyed at a skit that required he dress in drag as Marilyn Monroe.

“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,” Franco says in the interview.

“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 … 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.”

Franco even elaborated on his much-covered low-energy approach to the telecast, which had several speculating that the actor was stoned.

“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 [Hathaway] 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,” he says. “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.’”

Honestly, Mr. Franco, most of us have moved on from the most recent Oscar ceremony and have begin looking ahead to next year’s race and telecast. We suggest you do the same.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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