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Apparently James Franco didn’t think the Oscars were very funny either

Apparently James Franco didn’t think the Oscars were very funny either (photo)

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The Oscars this past year were lambasted, because instead of being merely unfunny, they were aggressively so, due in large part to the off-putting excitement of Anne Hathaway and the completely disinterested demeanor of her co-host James Franco. Luckily, Franco recently spoke to “Playboy” and explained that the lousy show was totally not his fault.

As picked up by the Huffington Post, Franco started off by saying, “It’s hard to talk about because it’s like assigning blame – not a fun thing to do.” He then followed up his assertion by getting right into assigning blame.

One of the most uncomfortably terrible gags at the 83rd Academy Awards saw Franco dress up like Marilyn Monroe. But the bit was originally supposed to see the actor throw on Cher drag and attempt to sing like her, a gimmick that was scuttled after Cher failed to get nominated for her role in “Burlesque.”

Franco tells “Playboy,” “I was so pissed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something – they couldn’t blame that on me; I was in high heels.” Instead of pulling off what would have surely been a hilarious pratfall, however, Franco instead decided to go the more tasteful route, flashing a hipper-than-thou smirk and derailing Hathaway’s overenthusiastic mugging.

Oh! Waitaminute, our mistake: Franco’s overly sedated performance wasn’t just a result of not caring, it was actually his choice as an ACTOR. “As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn’t into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay Anne is going the enthusiastic route,” Franco explained, “I’ve been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I’m working with, and not force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that’s how I was trying to do those lines.”

And in case you’re still not convinced that Franco’s Oscars performance absolutely wasn’t his fault, you’ll be relieved to find out that the show, in fact, was actually great! “After the show everybody was so happy,” said Franco, “and Bruce Cohen, the show’s producer, hugged me and said ‘Steve Spielberg just told me it was the best Oscars ever!”

HuffPo’s rundown of the Franco interview is definitely worth a read, as the actor also gets into Judd Apatow being hired to write jokes for the Oscars, and his connection to a “Gay Rapist” story in the New York Post.

What do you think? Was Franco the victim of circumstances, or did he just give a lousy performance? Leave your comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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