Much has been made about James Franco’s lackluster Oscars performance, and on tonight’s “Late Show,” Franco is going on the defensive. For one, he denies reports that he was high during this year’s broadcast. “People thought I was under the influence,” Frano tells David Letterman in the pre-taped interview. “I 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.” Franco also makes a valid point about audience hypocrisy: “Leading up to 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 they won’t shut up about it. Suddenly, I can’t hear enough about a show they don’t care about.” The best exchange comes when the two discuss Dave’s Uma/Oprah debacle from the 1995 Awards:
Franco: So, I wanted to ask you, how was your experience?
Letterman: It was horrible…Yes, I can’t even remember what it was. It was horrible. I was so bad that they talked for a while about shutting down the motion picture industry.
Franco: Come on!
Letterman: I was God awful.
Franco: But they didn’t say you were stoned.
Letterman: Oh, I quit reading, maybe they – I wish I was.
Franco: I wish I was.
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