Franco re­jects host­ing crit­i­cism

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Reel News -

The fall­out from James Franco and Anne Hath­away’s unim­pres­sive host­ing of the Os­cars con­tin­ues to per­co­late. Now, one of the show’s writers has been drawn into a dis­pute with grunty Franco. Bruce Vi­lanch told New York mag­a­zine that the ac­tor, who was him­self nom­i­nated for 127 Hours, “didn’t get there”, and that his per­for­mance had been dam­aged by an overly busy sched­ule.

As well as ap­pear­ing in the odd movie, Franco is study­ing at Yale and – al­legedly as part of some grim per­for­mance-art piece – makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on the soap opera Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. “He has so many balls in the air he didn’t get to town till Thurs­day be­fore the show on Sun­day,” said Vi­lanch.

Franco didn’t take the crit­i­cism lightly. The ac­tor im­me­di­ately tweeted a pho­to­graph of him­self and Vi­lanch ac­com­pa­nied by a satir­i­cal screed. “James f***ed up the Os­cars. Trust me, I know com­edy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Mi­dler!” the caption read. Franco later re­moved the of­fend­ing post.

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