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James Franco recalls Oscars: 'I'm going down'

Honoree James Franco attends the 2nd Annual amfAR

Honoree James Franco attends the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Museum of Modern Art Manhattan. (June 14, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images)

Remember when James Franco co-hosted the Oscars looking bored, unhappy and generally tuned-out? Turns out he was pretty much all three.

In an interview published in Playboy magazine and quoted at length in the Huffington Post,  Franco reveals some of the reasons for his deadly dull performance alongside an enthusiastic Anne Hathaway at this year's Oscars broadcast.

Like many an actor before him, Franco blames the writers. "In the last week, when we really started focusing on the script for the live show and did a run-through, I said to the producer, 'I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything,'" Franco says. "'I just don't think this stuff's going to be good.'"

Bruce Vilanch, the longtime Oscar writer who contributed to the script, had already blamed Franco for being too busy to focus on rehearsals; Franco lashed out at Vilanch via Twitter. They've reportedly made up, but Franco still blames "a lot of cooks who shouldn't have been cooking."

Franco also bemoaned the bizarre moment when he appeared on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. "Me in drag is not funny," he says.

Ultimately, Franco says, he decided to simply step back and let Hathaway generate all the energy. "I felt, This is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out."

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