In a Hollywood filled with seemingly 2D stars, flattened against a wall for public consumption by agents, managers and PR flaks, James Franco stands out as a multi-dimensional multi-hyphenate anomaly. How one sees Franco, then, truly depends on the angle at which they choose to view him, reports the Huff Post!
An actor/director/writer/student/author/artist, Franco is talented for sure, but can give off alternating hints of mysterious and open, high minded and down to earth, opaque and transparent. His prolific past few years have, thanks in part to the squadron of opinions on the internet and late night shows, been both celebrated and maligned, with his less than successful turn as Oscar co-host alongside Anne Hathaway coming in as by far the most buzzed about — and criticized — public moment.
Having given what seemed a flat, unenthusiastic performance opposite Anne Hathaway — whom he later compared to the Tasmanian Devil — Franco received heavy criticism, including from longtime Oscar writer Bruce Villanch, with whom he then sparred before making up.
When Franco took the job, he seemed excited to do so, saying it was a no-risk proposition, but as heexplains to Playboy in their new issue, he knew as the show approached that it probably wasn’t going to be such a hit.
"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," he says. "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.’"
Chief amongst Franco’s complaints was the bit in which he came out dressed like a very unflattering Marilyn Monroe, a scene in which he was clearly unhappy to participate. That much was obvious to the viewer already, but as he reveals, he nearly made it that much more clear.
"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. "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.