A few people were surprised when it was announced that James Franco would be co-hosting the the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, as the actor was already expected to be attending anyway due to his performance in 127 Hours. It’s a risk, especially if he ends up winning Best Actor and people start speculating something fishy has gone on, but Franco doesn’t care.
From Entertainment Weekly:
The actor told EW that Oscar producer Bruce Cohen, who previously worked with him on Milk, had told him that he was hoping the actor would do something for the ceremony, but Franco never expected the “something” would be hosting. “When he asked me to host, I was very, very surprised, and my initial reaction was ‘No,’” Franco said. “Then I thought about it and I thought, well, why not? Because I’ll look bad? Well, I don’t care.”
“When we finally met and discussed it in person, all my representatives were saying, ‘No! Of course not!’” he remembers. “So that always sparks something in me. So I said, ‘Yes, of course!’ Because that reaction that they have is based on conventional wisdom of what makes a good career. And that can be boring — really boring.”
“I’m front and center, but … I feel confident.” And even if it doesn’t go over as well as they hope, Franco’s not worried. “I’m happy to take the criticism. Even if it’s ‘The Worst Oscars Ever,’ I don’t care. It’s one night of the year.”
James Franco is definitely an actor to watch. Not many can go from a superhero trilogy, to a daytime soap, to Oscar-fare, and now back to blockbusters again with Rise of the Apes next summer. Comedians usually work best at this sort of thing, but I hope Franco and Hathaway’s hosting stint goes well.