The “127 Hours” star gave one of his more … interesting … performances as co-host of last night’s Oscar ceremony. Mr. wOw ponders some possible motivations
James Franco is a handsome young man with an interesting and eclectic career. He was nominated for an Academy Award this year. He appeared onstage Sunday night co-hosting the annual Oscar event with Anne Hathaway. This was not a good career move. Mr. Franco appeared to be ill or bored or … something. He will not be asked back.
But imagine Mr. wOw’s shock on Monday morning, tuning into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to hear that Mr. Franco was “stoned” onstage. Yes, indeed. “How stoned was James Franco?!” That was Joe Scarborough’s jolly refrain for about two hours. Everybody on Joe’s show seemed to agree and nod and imply or say right out that James Franco was under some substance influence. The word “bong” was thrown around.
It was interesting that all these people caught the red-eye back from L.A. — after having been with James Franco while he got stoned — in time to tattle on “Morning Joe.” Well, they had to be there, right? They must have been.
Mr. wOw has no idea what ailed Mr. Franco. If indeed anything did. Perhaps he is simply devoid of personality in front of a live audience? Maybe he was “stoned.” Maybe. But he could have been negatively influenced by a lot of other things. Gastric issues, a headache, bad personal news. He wasn’t slurring or staggering. He was just kinda “not there.”
But I found it stunning on a morning news show — in between talk on Libya and American union issues — that it would be taken for granted and basically announced that an actor on the Oscar telecast was “stoned.” I hope for MSNBC’s sake that Mr. Franco was three sheets to the marijuana wind and is now laughing about his three hours in the world spotlight. Otherwise, if Mr. Franco was A-OK — just a lousy live performer — he and his lawyers might have an invigorating conversation with Joe S. and the high-ups over there.
After all, Mr. Franco’s grandmother was in the audience. (An awkward bit, but still…)
Dear Joe, Mika, Willie and gang — try to stick to giving us your juvenile, noisy take on important current events. Gossipy assumptions presented more or less as fact can bite you in the ass.
P.S. Although, now that I think of it — clever Mr. Scarborough! — he did opine at one point that he thought James’ eyes might have been hurting from the bright lights onstage. I don’t think he said this with the authority of “How stoned was James?” — but he said it.