Last night James Franco went on Howard Stern’s radio show to talk about Anne Hathaway. Or maybe that’s not why he went, but that’s what ended up happening. One thing led to another and before anyone understood what was going on, James Franco was speaking out on behalf of the International Hathahaters Club.
Not because he hates Anne – they totally made up after that silly little Oscars hosting gig that he slept through a few years back– but because he understands why people may feel turn into rabid animals upon the mere mention of her name.
Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I’ve explained that I do too and I don’t know even know why sometimes,” Stern explained. “She’s just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she’s out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it’s [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted.”
“She comes off like the goody two-shoes actress and it’s just fun to sort of hate her,” the radio host added. “Hate is a strong word . . . but [I] dislike her, even though she is a great actress. Is that accurate?”
“I’m not an expert on — I guess they’re called ‘Hatha-haters’– but I think that’s what maybe triggers it,” Franco agreed.
While I’m sure it proved very difficult for James Franco to admit he’s not an expert on Hathahaters, I appreciate his honesty on this very sensitive topic. Why he could have sat there in that interview chair and pretended like he knew the ins and outs of the Hathahaters. That he understood the way they foam at the mouth when Princess Diaries plays on TV, and the way that they gather in basements during full moons and do ritualistic dances as Rachel Getting Married dvds burn in their bonfire. But he didn’t.
He just went out there and agreed that everyone hates Anne Hathaway because she’s Anne Hathaway. Which really, if we’re going to be honest here, is the noble thing for him to do. After all, he knows her better than any of us. They did host-ish the Oscars together. And he does tell Howard that she did forgive him for ruining the Oscars. And she’s certainly going to forgive him for reminding the world that the term Hathahaters exists weeks after people stopped using it.
So all in all, high fives for James for an excellent interview!
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