April 1st, 2011
10:46 AM ET
After being criticized by Oscars viewers, James Franco is finally speaking out about his hosting gig, saying that perhaps he was a little too "low energy."
On tonight's "Late Show With David Letterman," Franco tells the talk-show host that many people thought he was stoned during the ceremony.
"People said I was under the influence," says the actor. "I've thought about it. I think I know why: I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway. She has a lot of energy!"
All kidding aside, Franco says, "Truthfully, I haven't watched it back. Maybe I had low energy. I honestly played those lines as well as I could."
The "127 Hours" star —who will teach a directing course at NYU—adds that he never intended to go down in history as the best Oscars host anyway.
"It was never on my list of things to do," he tells Letterman. "It doesn't mean I didn't care and it doesn't mean I didn't try hard, right? But here's the hypocritical thing: Leading up to the Oscars, I couldn't hear enough about how, 'Oh, people don't care about the Oscars anymore, it's dead, it's old, it's at the end of a long awards season, who cares about it?' Well, as soon as you don't host the way they want you to, they suddenly care and they won't shut up about it! Suddenly, I can't hear enough about a show they don't care about!"
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