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James Franco on Oscar Gig: I Did The Best I Could!

James Franco on Oscar Gig: I Did The Best I Could!

James Franco touches down after a flight on Thursday (March 31) to Washington, D.C.

The 32-year-old actor bundled up in a winter hat and several layers of shirts for his flight.

James, who will appear on The Late Show on Friday, chatted about his Oscar hosting experience and even traded stories with host Dave Letterman.

“I never dreamed of being, like, the best Oscar host ever,” James said (via People). “It was never on my list of things to do. It doesn’t mean I didn’t care and it doesn’t mean I didn’t try, right?”

As for allegations that he was under the influence while hosting, James said, “I love her, but … I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway. She has a lot of energy!”

“I haven’t watched it back. Maybe I had low energy. I honestly played those lines as well as I could,” James concluded.

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  • Danielle

    he could just admit “yeah, i sucked. sorry about that” and move on. instead of trying to convince us he did his best because clearly he didn’t lol

  • Jane

    Seriously, he didnt just suck, he was bloody awful! But i still like him, i do think he needs a bit of rest though! To much of a good thing aint always good int he end!

  • Lame

    I don’t think you gave a rat’s A$$ about the show.
    I felt so bad for Ann Hathaway. She was dragging a dead horse thru the sand. Own it, James.

  • Glamourous

    Uhh… not the best idea for an “a-c-t-o-r” to say… yeah, I did the best that I could with those lines. I agree with @Danielle: just say, I sucked, take responsibility and move on.

  • S@n

    I like James but that was really horrible and do not put the blame on Anne!
    The producers also were responsible for the awfull mistake!

  • Inga Parks

    I hope he’ll be back soon on his pages.

  • yadanhu

    He tried his best. It just so happens his best is absolutely garbage.

  • Callie

    Maybe he should stop doing so many things at once and instead focus all his energy on one thing and do it good?

  • Halli

    It was actually the WORST Oscare telecast ever. People are over this guy.

  • ali

    yea he sucked…who cares…glad he’s moving on …i still think he’s an incredible actor!!

  • lina

    he needs a break and some time to relax! i still think he’s absolutely the hottest man ever!

  • Erza

    He looked like he didn’t care at all and was just sooo bored to be there.
    Anne looked stupid giggling all the time without being funny at all.
    The producers piked the wrong choice and the writers were seriously uninspired.
    The whole thing was just painful to watch.

  • Erza

    He looked like he didn’t care at all and was just sooo bored to be there.
    Anne looked stupid giggling all the time without being funny at all.
    The producers piked the wrong choice and the writers were seriously uninspired.
    The whole thing was just painful to watch.

  • Sebastian

    I agree with him. I keep telling every one Anne Hathaway had toooo much energy. It made me dizzyyyyy!!! I like him at the oscars. Oscars always boring

  • angelica

    I actually like him at the oscars! I like Anne, but she did seem to hyper at times, I agree with sebastian.

  • angelica

    he’s so hot!

  • Many

    Anne was way to cheerful for my taste. I like James Franco performance. My wife thinks he is hot!

  • Sara

    I think the oscars have always been boring. They are to long and to many awards. The writting s*ck. It seem like the were scare to write funny stuff. I dont blame James Franco. The oscars consist of many people not just the two host. And Anne was too over the top. I did like James Franco performance over all.

  • lilooo

    blame it on the A-a-a-a-anne Hathaway or blame on the A-a-a-alcohol!!!
    assume it already

  • wild

    He’s still sexy!

  • kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    Crap werid better go throw himself in the gerabage

  • Lauren Chancellor

    @Erza: when the same writer has been doing it for over twenty years it gets tiresome no matter who’s up there.

  • Zoe

    I love everything about James!!! <3

  • Dee

    Dude, did he just backhand slang Anne? I agree Anne was annoying at times with the try hard but part of me felt like she was just trying to compensate for the fact that James looked absolutely uninterested. It was like school all over again and Anne and James were partners on a project that he won’t help with, and she’s trying her very best to pull his weight in making it work.

  • anthony

    Anne is charming and talented, she did what she could with a half dead co-host. Passive aggressive with his Anne comment and about doing what he could with the lines. Just say you did your best and your best sucked.

  • Kiki

    Honestly he wasn’t bad…James and Anne did their best.
    To be a T.V host/comedian is an entire different profession, whose timing and method are different from being a screen actor.
    James and Anne were picked to host the show in hopes of attracting a younger audience, and in many ways it was achieved.

    People need to move on, it sucks how the media drags things now days…big deal that his/her hosting abilities suck. In many ways he has a point, I don’t believe he and Anne had any creative control over their lines, especially considering their backgrounds…they aren’t comedians

  • MeMyselfandI

    The person at fault is whoever it was that thought Franco would be a good host. I mean look at him, he looks stoned all the time and bored out of his mind. He can turn it on in movies when he’s acting but apparently he thought he should be himself during the hosting gig. Big mistake.

  • Jokergurl

    Anne Hathaway did good, she got into it, enthusiasm always helps but James Franco was half asleep I thought he was just going to nap on stage at one point. Agent 99 should have kicked him in the butt a bit.

  • kit

    I really like James, I really do. But, even I cannot defend his ridiculous comments. He was low energy because Anne was so high energy? James would have appeared low energy next to a corpse. And, he’s simply not being truthful when saying he did his best and that he cared. The man was taking pic onstage DURING the show with his dumb phone and posting the pics on Twitter. During the show! He simply should have said he’s sorry he didn’t do better instead of making lame insultingly unconvincing excuses.

  • anon

    I feel like they were a bad couple to choose together, they just didnt have the chemistry, but i dont know why James has to say i did the best i could, ive seen him in so many comedy situations 100x better than that! I really wonder what the deal was? Tired or what? Because honestly it was just weird how deadsville he was compared to what he usually seems like

  • Candi

    franco’s ego is waaaay too big.
    first he disses ricky gervais before the oscars, and then ends up bombing himself. he was sooo egotistical in his “E” interview.
    and he was so stupid with his response to bruce vilanch- who was actually defending his butt against critics.
    and now he places the blame on anne and then says that his critics are hypocrites.
    he is a narcissist. and i dont get his appeal.
    personally, all i see is him saying his pre-written lines with a goofy smirk on his face everytime. none of his work has ever impressed me. he is a supporting actor at best, not a lead actor. and he even does a bad job in general hospital.
    the fact that he cannot admit his flaws makes him unlikable and makes him seem that he thinks he is much more talented than he is.
    ladies love him cuz he is just a pretty face.
    i honestly dont think he will last long in the game.
    i hope he goes away soon.

  • minka

    James Franco has proven himself to be a major douche . He still refuses to take responsibility for his awfulness at the Oscars . Franco was absolutely wrong to compel Anne Hathaway to do his job at the Oscars , and he is wrong to blame her ( and the writers ) for his lack of participation at the Oscars. This guy was practically a mannequin on the Oscar stage- no heartbeat no pulse, and no nothing . Franco truly needs to get over himself because he is a decent ( I am being very kind ) actor at best, bad novelist, and a lousy screenwriter/ director. Yes, Candi , he is laughably hideous on General Hospital.

    P.S. James was unbelievably foolish to knock Ricky Gervais’ wonderful comedic skills at the Golden Globes ( even though it was too snarky for my taste ) . Rickey can teach Franco a thing or two , on how to deliver comedic lines, have a stage presence, and to be charismatic and lively on an award stage.

  • QueenOfTrashin

    Uh, yes, it does, Mr. Franco.

  • T

    franco you suck and you are gay

  • carmela

    oh i love them both in different ways but i dont think that they have sparkle when you put them in one show. they have different ways..francos style is just like that…but he bacame famous with that..and so as ann..shes wonderful…he was just overwhelmed.

  • Many

    I agree with Lauren, the writting was not good, James Franco was no the only one sayin those lines. It was bad writting. I felt that after the golden globes they were scare to put real funny stuff. I like the both of them.

  • Irania

    He is so gorgeus and charming, I love him!