At Oscars, James Franco won’t emulate Ricky Gervais Globes tone: “I didn’t think he was that funny.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what James Franco and Anne Hathaway bring to their Oscar hosting duties.
Judging from the promos alone, I think we are in store for quite a treat from these two young talents who in recent years have become two of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood.
Franco was interviewed by USA Today inside The Kodak Theatre during his wardrobe fittings this week and the actor, a best actor nominee for 127 Hours, made clear that he’s steering away from the Ricky Gervais-style roasting of the Golden Globes.
“I haven’t really read about the fallout of Ricky Gervais,” he tells the paper. “I was there and I didn’t think he was that funny. The jokes were kind of — gay Scientology jokes? South Park did that like five years ago. So I don’t really want to do Ricky Gervais style.”
Instead, he calls his style “conversational.” “I’m still surprised I’m doing this,” he admits. Asked why, exactly, he agreed to do it, Franco pauses as two sets of hands carefully pin the jacket to his body.
“I love movies. I like the idea that I can do this at a time when no one expected me to do it,” he says. “Movies are changing, the way you watch entertainment is changing, and honestly I don’t know how much longer we’ll love movies the way we do now. So it’s nice to be a part of this while movies are still a really important part of our world.”