I have this theory about James Franco. Even though he’s doing a million things at once, he exists in an alternate molasses-slow time stream. He’s probably got a TARDIS fueled by a massive lump of hash at its core.
Anyway, that’s why fallout is still drifting down from his leaden Oscar hosting performance.
After Oscar head writer Bruce Vilanch claimed that Franco wasn’t stoned, but he certainly wasn’t the right guy for the hosting gig (like, duh). He even got in a good zinger:
“I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over,” Vilanch joked. “He doesn’t know. He took a nap and he woke up in class.”
That may be Vilanch’s fancy way of saying that Franco is a lazy bastard who pursues the stuff he likes and checks out when faced with something outside his comfort zone.
Vilanch went on to say that Franco was sincere about wanting to do a good job, but that “he didn’t get there” – in part, Vilanch mused, because he’s not a stand-up comedian or people like “Bette Middler who get up and sing all night and tell stories.”
I guess they should have told Franco to act more like Bette Middler?
Of course, Franco did not take this lying down. He tweeted “Bruce, he let me down” and put up a picture of himself and Vilanch with Perez Hiltonesque scrawling over the image. The image was quickly taken down, but the internet, she never forgets. Here’s the picture, which probably won’t stay up for too long, so enjoy it while you can!
I don’t know about you, but watching Franco host the Oscars was a painful experience. He seemed profoundly uncomfortable with the ceremony, and looked more relaxed backstage than in front of the cameras. When he wasn’t looking bored, he was looking aloof. In fairness to Franco, Vilanch’s troupe of jokesters wrote some pretty atrocious material for him. So I think we should call it even and hide in fear from Anne Hathaway’s massive eyes and teeth.
UPDATE: It looks like they’ve already made up. Vilanch claims that the interview took his remarks way out of context. Franco posted a picture of Vilanch’s apology and wrote “Thanks Bruce. Sorry for reading stupid blogs”. Awww. Source