February 23rd, 2011
05:15 PM ET
Don't expect any Ricky Gervais-style jokes when Anne Hathaway and James Franco host the Academy Awards on Sunday.
"I can guarantee that if you’re looking for someone to call people out, we’re not your hosts," Hathaway, who is collaborating on jokes with the show's writers, told the Hollywood Reporter.
"I think that humor is really difficult to pull off, and I’m not particularly adept at it," she continued. "I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it. Also, I don’t mean to sound overly serious, but I am the youngest host in history and I have no business being cynical or calling anyone out. I certainly haven’t earned the right to do that."
For his part, Franco turned to former Oscars host Jon Stewart for advice and discovered that they both felt they weren't the right fit for the job.
"He said he felt a little weird doing it because he didn’t feel like he was exactly from that world," the busy actor says of Stewart, who hosted in 2006 and 2008. "He talked about this with Letterman too, and they are comedians, talk-show hosts, and here they were presenting to film people and they kinda felt like outsiders. Because of that, it wasn’t necessarily antagonistic, but there was some sort of disconnect. He said we’ll be fine because we’re more insiders, though I feel like kind of an outsider."
Meanwhile, the Oscar nominee, who recently joined Twitter, might give fans an insider's look at the ceremony by sending updates throughout the show.
"I’m still learning how to do all that," he says of tweeting. "Yeah, it might be fun."
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