James Franco

  • Aired:  01/25/11
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James Franco walked to poetry class after learning he had received an Oscar nomination for best actor. (6:52)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT WHAT A DAY HE

HAS HAD.

HE RECEIVED THIS MORNING A BEST

ACTOR OSCAR NOMINATE FOR HIS

WORK IN "127 HOURS"

u[SCREAMS]

>> Jon: I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE

AWAY WHAT HAPPENS.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE SHOW JAMES

FRANCO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS.

VERY EXCITING.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: TELL ME JUST ABOUT

YOUR DAY.

HOW DID YOUR DAY BEGIN?

>> TODAY?

>> Jon: TODAY.

>> OH, I WAS IN NEW HAVEN -- I

HAD TO GET UP AT 5:00 AND DRIVE

TO -- I WAS DRIVEN TO NEW HAVEN.

>> Jon: YOU HAD TO GET UP AT

5:00 TO HEAR THE NEWS IN NEW

HAVEN.

>> I HAD CLASS AT YALE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: HOLD ON.

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION: DID

YOU FIND OUT YOU HAD BEEN

NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR BEFORE OR

AFTER CLASS.

>> BEFORE CLASS.

THEY WANTED KNOW SKIP CLASS SO I

COULD BE IN TOWN IN NEW YORK TO

GO ON "TODAY" SHOW.

I SAID, NO, I'M IN THE GOING TO

SKIP CLASS.

ESPECIALLY IF I DIDN'T GET

NOMINATED.

>> I DON'T WANT TO SOUND LIKE

I'M ENCOURAGING JUVENILE

DELINQUENCY OR VANDALISM BUT I

THINK THE DAY YOU ARE NOMINATED

FOR AN OSCAR IS THE DAY YOU

COULD CALL IN AND SAY, "I'M NOT

COMING TO CLASS TODAY. ".

>> THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

>> Jon: WHAT WAS THE CLASS?

>> IT WAS A CLASS ON BYRON

KEATS, ROMANTIC POETS --

>> Jon: WELL, IT IS THREE.

>> HE WOULDN'T WANT TO PUSH IT.

>> Jon: DID THEY SAY ANYTHING

MR. FRANCO, BY THE WAY.

>> NOBODY KNEW.

>> Jon: WELL DONE, SIR.

>> NOBODY KNEW.

I GOT THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

I WENT ON THE "TODAY" SHOW AND

WITH WALKED DOWN THE STREET AND

WENT TO CLASS.

NOBODY SAID A THING.

I DIDN'T EXPECT THEM TO.

>> Jon: NO ONE PERHAPS

COMPOSED AN ODE TO YOUR

NOMINATION.

OH, THE FLOWERS BE SWEET BUT THE

GOLDEN MAN BE BETTER THAN --

INTERESTS -- THERE'S A LOT THAT

RHYMES WITH SWEET.

>> THAT WAS GREAT.

>> Jon: HOW MANY PEOPLE IN

YOUR CLASS?

>> ABOUT 15, 20.

>> Jon: IT'S A RELATIVELY

SMALL CLASS.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Jon: HOW MANY OF THEM TODAY

WERE NOMINATED FOR OSCARS?

[LAUGHTER]

>> I WAS THE ONLY ONE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: AND HOW OFTEN DID YOU

STAND UP DURING THE CLASS AND DO

THIS LALALALALALALALA -- OSCAR!

HOW OFTEN DID THAT HAPPEN?

>> I WANTED TO.

I WANTED TO.

>> Jon: THIS IS INTERESTING.

SO WHAT ARE YOU PURSUING AT

YALE.

A GRADUATE DEGREE?

Ph.D IN ENGLISH.

KHAZ.

--

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: IT'S GOOD YOU ARE

DOING THAT BECAUSE IT WILL HELP

YOU WITH THE LADIES.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> THAT'S WHY I'M DOING IT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: YOU REALLY HAVE -- SO

I'M JUST GOING TO GO OUT ON A

LIMB AND SAY WHEN YOU ARE DONE

WITH THIS, CAN YOU FINALLY LEAVE

THIS HOLLYWOOD THING BEHIND AND

JUST REALLY GET TENURE?

IS THAT --

[LAUGHTER]

IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING TO֍>> I'M

>> Jon: IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE.

THE OTHER THING THAT IS GREAT

YOU ARE GOING TO THE OSCAR AS A

THOM KNEE AND A -- NOMINEE AND

ALSO AS A HOST.

>> WE CHATTED, YOU AND I.

YOU HAD A DIFFERENT APPROACH

THAN I WAS PLANNING ON.

>> Jon: LET ME TELL YOU WHAT

THEY LOVE --

>> YEAH.

WE DIFFER IN OPINION ON THIS.

>> Jon: GO AT IT WITH THE

ATTITUDE YOU ARE ABOVE IT ALL

-WITH AN IRONIC DETACHMENTBORDERING ON C

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: THEY WILL EAT IT UP.

>> THEY DO, YES.

>> Jon: NO, LISTEN, I THINK

THIS IS GREAT.

THE NICE THING ABOUT HAVE YOU

AND ANNE HATH AWAY DO IT YOU

COMMAND RESPECT BECAUSE OF LEVEL

OF WORK YOU DO.

DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR HOSTING

IT?

HAVE THEY DISCUSSED FOR YOU WHAT

YOU ARE GOING TO DO?

>> A LITTLE SINGING AND DANCING.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE

NICE?

>> WHAT.

>> Jon: A LITTLE BYRON, A

LITTLE YATES.

>> YOU FINISH THE POEM.

>> Jon: DO YOU FEEL NERVOUS?

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD NOT?

>> I REALLY DON'T.

I FEEL LIKE ACTUALLY PEOPLE ARE

KIND OF CONFUSED LIKE WHY AM I

THE HOST?

[LAUGHTER]

SO I DON'T THINK THE

EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH, AND I

THINK IF I GO OUT AND BE A NICE

GUY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE

HAPPY.

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU

SOMETHING?

YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A BALL.

IT IS A JOYOUS NIGHT AND SUPER

FUN TO DO NO MATTER WHAT THE

AUDIENCE MAY --

>> IT'S NICE FOR ME, TOO.

I DON'T WANT TO SIT IN MY SEAT

AND SWEAT.

IT'S THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO KEEP

BUSY.

>>

>> Jon: AND BACKSTAGE, SNACKS.

IN THE AUDIENCE, NOTHING.

YOUR WORK IS TREMENDOUS IN "127

HOURS" AND I WISH YOU THE BEST

OF LUCK IN HOSTING.

YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE GREAT.

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