In the new issue of Playboy, James Franco pins the blame for his Oscar bomb where it belongs –- on the ceremony's writers and producers.
Franco, who hosted along with Anne Hathaway, tells the magazine: "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. I just don't think this stuff's going to be good.'
"I felt kind of trapped in that material," he adds. "I felt, this is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out."
Throughout the telecast, producers kept trimming skits so short that they lost context –- like the fiasco scene when Franco came out on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe.
"I just didn't want to fight anymore, even when they said, 'You'll come out as Marilyn Monroe. It'll be funny.' Me in drag is not funny," he says. "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.
"The plan had been that I was going to sing as Cher and then Cher was going to come out onstage; that got axed when Cher and the song from Burlesque weren't nominated. I told them, 'Look, this is the thing people are going to talk about, the images they will take away from the show. Me in drag as Cher trying to sing like her is a thing. That didn't happen, so then I just didn't want to argue anymore."