James Franco dropped by “The Late Show” to commiserate with David Letterman about hosting the Academy Awards. Letterman, who famously flopped as emcee of the 1994 Oscars, agreed with Franco that it can be a “horrible” experience.
When asked as to why critics carped that he may have been under the influence, Franco repiled, “I’ve thought about it. think I know why. Because, I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway. She has a lot of energy.” He revealed he has yet to review his performance, “I haven’t watched it back; maybe I had low energy. I honestly played those lines as well as I could.”
Asked by Letterman as to why he should care about the criticism, Franco admitted, “I never dreamed of being the best Oscar host ever. 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?” And, as Franco wryly noted, “Here’s the hypocritical thing: Leading up the Oscars, I couldn’t hear enough about how, ‘Oh, people don’t care about the Oscars anymore; it’s dead, it’s boring, it’s at the end of a long awards season, who cares about it?’ Well, as soon as you don’t host the way they want you to, they suddenly care and won’t shut up about it!”
While the full show airs Friday, CBS has made this preview available.