Franco has made no secret his love of the vampire story, even admitting to studying them for inspiration of his own planned children’s book. Yep, he’s writing a children’s book. Scary stuff folks.
But Franco maintained his friendship with Condon and when the filmmaker landed the job of working on the 2011 Academy Awards, he contacted the actor to get him involved…Thanks to our reader Vicki, she pointed out that Bruce Cohen is producing the awards and is the one who offered the job to Franco!
Franco says, “We’d been talking for about six months about doing something and I wanted to do a bit with the Twilight kids. So then I thought, ‘Maybe I could sing with Rob Pattinson or something at the Oscars,’ and then we figured they took things a little too seriously and they wouldn’t be up for that.
“Then, about two weeks ago, he called up and was like, ‘I got it, I know what I want you to do. I want you to host!‘ It was a shock… I had three days to think about it and then I thought, ‘Of course, I have to do it. It’s kind of a once in a lifetime thing’. I think it’s better to do it when I’m young.”
But Franco admits there’s another reason he agreed to present the show – to take off any pressure should he land a Best Actor nomination for his critically-acclaimed role in survival drama 127 Hours.
He adds, “People have been saying I might get nominated for 127 Hours, but, if you think about it, it will drive you crazy… And Bill said, ‘You know, a host has never won.’ So I thought, ‘If I host, it’s taking the pressure off.’”