James Franco’s best friends still blame Anne Hathaway for his disastrous performance at the 2011 Oscars.
The 30-year-old Les Miserables actress was the butt of numerous jokes made by Seth Rogen, Jeffrey Ross, Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill and Sarah Silverman at a Comedy Central Roast for the ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ actor, which saw the comedians take turns to publicly mock James’ career choices and ambiguous sexuality on Monday night.
During the show, Seth, who starred in Pineapple Express with James, quipped: “Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there doing nothing. I feel like I’m co-hosting the Oscars with you.”
Nick later added: “James, honestly, what happened with you and Hathaway? Did you guys f**k? You know what, you’re a gentleman, you don’t have to answer that. Just squint once if yes. If anyone bombs here tonight they’re just doing an impression of James Franco at the Oscars.”
While Jeffrey said: “You never really said what was going on that [Oscar] night, man . . . You were like Billy Crystal-meth. You were a worse host than the AIDS monkey. The academy should have known when you combined Anne Hathaway and James Franco you get Anne Franco, which makes sense since you should have gone into hiding after that. Face it, Franco, you and Anne Hathaway had the comedic chemistry of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.”
James appeared slightly uncomfortable during some of the jokes and said: “This is truly my punishment for the Oscars.”
The actor, who has regularly attracted the wrath of critics since hosting the prestigious ceremony, previously claimed he could take any criticism.
He said: “Criticism can sting but not for long. At this point I’ve heard it all, good and bad. I can take anything.”
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Michael at the Emmys
Michael Douglas will present a trophy at the Emmy Awards later this month.
The Behind the Candelabra star, who has denied his marriage to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is currently in “crisis,” and his co-star Matt Damon were announced as the first presenters at this year’s ceremony.
The duo are also both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie for their roles in the HBO movie about flamboyant pianist Liberace and his relationship with Scott Thorson, which has 15 nominations in total.
Michael, 68, is still promoting the film and recently insisted that his marriage is “fine” despite confirming that he and Catherine are having a “temporary separation.”
The pair—who wed in 2000 in a lavish ceremony at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel in New York City and have two children together, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10—were last photographed together in April and are reportedly receiving counselling in an attempt to save their 13-year marriage.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on Sept. 22 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.