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James Franco explains how he really feels about 'Apes' [Video]

August 1, 2011 | 10:55 am

James Franco is many things: scholar, actor, writer, poet, emcee, artist, director. But diplomat? Not so much.

Ever since his critically panned stint hosting the Academy Awards back in February, Franco has continued to offer up a variety of reasons for his performance. He needed to be the straight man to a "Tasmanian Devil"-esque Anne Hathaway. Longtime Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch didn't write him enough funny jokes. His latest gripe? He hated being made to dress in drag as Marilyn Monroe, as he told Playboy last month.

Meanwhile, in that same interview with the adult magazine, the 33-year-old also gave a dig to his upcoming film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." He didn't "feel the same way" about the film as he did about "127 Hours" or "Milk," he said.

"It was a ­different kind of acting," he explained. "I never thought of this movie as an example of my creativity. I was an actor for hire. But people still have it out for me, so they’re going to go after the movie."

At the premiere of the "Apes" in Hollywood on Thursday, Franco attempted to clarify his negative comments.

"I just mean, there are people that -- I don't know -- have it out for me for other things," he said. "And, like, they see me do this movie and so maybe they will criticize me for this -- but really, it's about something else."

Rupert Wyatt, who directed the film, said Franco had not seen "Apes" when he sat down with Playboy and that the interviewer likely "caught James on a bad day."

"He hadn't seen the movie at this point so I think he might have been a little nervous because of what he'd experienced recently," Wyatt said, referring to the Oscars criticism. "I ended up doing some additional shooting with him after that [interview] and we had a chat. Like I said, it was probably a bad day. But he has seen the movie now and I heard he called various people and said how much he enjoyed it."

If Wyatt was irked about the magazine interview, he did a good job of hiding it on the red carpet, calling Franco a "terrific, terrific actor."

"And I think everybody acknowledges that," he said. "He's been Oscar-nominated and he's done some extraordinary performances and that's what he should be judged on."


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Photo: James Franco stars in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Credit: 20th Century Fox