James Franco

  • Aired:  03/05/13
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"Oz The Great and Powerful" star James Franco chats about the "Wizard of Oz" prequel, wicked witches and "The Lord of the Rings." (6:22)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR AUTHOR, POET AND MODEL.

BUT YOU PROBABLY KNOW HIM FROM THIS INTERVIEW WE'RE ABOUT TO DO.

PLEASE WELCOME JAMES FRANCO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> VERY GOOD TO SEE YOU.

SO HAPPY TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE ALWAYS A FRIENDLY FACE.

AS I SAID YOU ARE AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, POET, ARTIST, STUDENT, TEACHER RECENTLY GRAND

MARSHAL AT THE DAYTONA 500.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE A GEAR HEAD.

>> LOVE IT.

>> Stephen: YOU LIKE CARS?

>> LOVE NASCAR CAN'T YOU TELL.

>> Stephen: YOUR HAIR LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE DRIVING 80 MILES PER HOUR RIGHT NOW.

>> YOU, TOO BROTHER.

>> Stephen: SIDEWAYS LIKE.

THIS HEAD OUT THE WINDOWS.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE PLAYING A GUY NAMED OSCAR DIGGS, AKA OZ WHICH SAY PREQUEL TO THE OTHER MOVIE.

IN A WAY.

YOU ONLY SEAT WIZARD TEP END.

HE IS GIVING OUT THE GIFTS.

OUR MOVIE ABOUT IS HOW THAT GUY GOT TO THE LAND OF OZ AND BECAME THE WIZARD.

>> Stephen: YOU ASSUME YOU DO MOST OF THE MOVIE BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

>> NO, NO, HOW HE GOT THERE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE MAKING US PAY ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: HE'S SOMETHING, YOU KNOW, HE'S SOMETHING LIKE YOU.

HE IS A RENAISSANCE MAN.

>> TRUE, TRUE.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU ALSO A FRAUD?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> GOOD QUESTION.

>> Stephen: HE'S A FRAUD, RIGHT?

>> GOOD QUESTION.

>> Stephen: HE'S A FRAUD.

>> I AM A FRAUD.

THIS SOON ACT.

IT'S AN ACT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

-- THIS IS AN ACT.

IT'S AN ACT.

>> Stephen: SOUR JUST PLAYING JAMES FRANCO.

THERE'S A REAL ONE WE NEVER GET TO MEET.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: THAT MUST BE HARD.

>> WELL, PRACTICE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW, WHY DO YOU DO -- WHY DO YOU DO ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DO?

WHY NOT BE AN -- A GREAT ACTOR, WHY NOT JUST FOCUS ON ACTING?

>> THERE'S A LOT OF REASONS.

I'LL TELL YOU THIS FOR A WHILE WHEN I WAS ONLY DOING ACTING.

I FELT -- I DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND I DID FEEL A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE SCARECROW IN THE

ORIGINAL MOVIE WHO JUST SAID I JUST WANT A BRAIN.

I OVERCOMPENSATED FOR DROPPED OUT.

I STUDIED ON MY OWN, HAD NO SOCIAL LIFE STUDIED ALL THE TIME.

THEN I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AND LIKE THE SCARECROW ONCE I WENT BACK AND GOT THE DIPLOMA I

REALIZED OH, I GUESS I HAD IT ALL ALONG.

>> Stephen: WOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THE WITCHES IN THIS MOVIE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WICKED WITCH OF THE EAST AND WEST.

>> RACHEL WEISZ, GENNIFER GOODWIN.

>> Stephen: GUN TO YOUR HEAD.

LET'S PLAY MARRY, HIT THAT AND THROW A PAIL OF WATER ON HER.

>> OH, MAN.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT?

>> GOWRG GET ME IN SO MUCH TROUBLE.

>> Stephen: WHY?

WHY?

>> NOT ONLY DO THEY PLAY WITCHES --

>> Stephen: COME ON.

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING DO YOU WANT A GOOD WITCH OR A WICKED WITCH.

>> YOU WANT WICKED.

>> Stephen: I THINK SO, TOO.

RACH HE WILL WEISZ I WOULDN'T MIND LANDING A HOUSE ON THAT.

>> WE'LL EDIT THAT OUT.

DO YOU DO THEATER?

>> I'M GOING TO.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU DO?

>> OF MICE AND MEN ON BROADWAY.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: THERE'S A CHARACTER SLIM.

>> WE HAVEN'T CAST HIM YET.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YES STEERCHLT IS IT A BIG --

[CROWD CHANTING "STEPHEN!

"]

>> Stephen: IS IT A BIG TIME COMMITMENT BECAUSE I HAVE THIS SHOW TO DO.

>> WE'LL WORK IT OUT.

>> Stephen: WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY?

>> GEORGE.

>> Stephen: SPOILER ALERT.

IT'S SAD.

>> IT'S SAD.

>> Stephen: THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE BY THE WAY YOU WERE THE CONSENSUS MOST INTERESTING

MAN IN HOLLYWOOD.

WOW.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU MORE OR LESS INTERESTING THAN YOU USED TO BE?

>> I THINK I'M THE SAME.

>> Stephen: REALLY, FASCINATING.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I DON'T THINK I'VE CHANGED.

>> Stephen: YOU THINK YOU ARE JUST AS FASCINATING AS YOU WERE BEFORE.

WOW, YOU THINK PRETTY HIGH OF YOURSELF, MAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO ASK YOU ANY MORE QUESTIONS.

I JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOU FOR A SECOND.

>> I WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER TOLKEN SHOWDOWN.

>> Stephen: I SMOKED YOU LIKE A HAM LAST TIME.

>> YOU JUST HEAD SITD MORE EMPHATICALLY.

>> Stephen: YOU ASK ME ONE I'LL ASK YOU ONE.

>> I'VE BEEN REREADING LATELY.

NAME ME JUST TWO, TWO OF THE VALAR.

>> Stephen: DO YOU WANT THE VALAR OF WATER OMO OR THE HUNTER OF THE VALARAROMEA OR THE LORD

OF THE HAIRS OR HIS WIFE VARGA CALLED ELVRIS ABOUT IT ELFS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE!

YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE!

HOW DARE YOU.

JAMES FRANCO.

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