Claudio Peri / EPA file
James Franco doesn't instill much faith in any Oscar viewer still scratching his head over the decision to have the actor co-host the awards show with actress Anne Hathaway. In fact, when Oscar producer Bruce Cohen approached Franco, the "127 Hours" star's initial reaction was no, he tells Entertainment Weekly, but "then I thought about it and I thought, well, why not? Because I'll look bad? Well, I don't care."
Franco also said he was motivated by all the people on his team who advised him not to take the gig. "All my representatives were saying, 'No! Of course not!'" he told the magazine. "So that always sparks something in me. So I said, 'Yes, of course!' Because that reaction that they have is based on conventional wisdom of what makes a good career. And that can be boring -- really boring."
When the big night arrives (Feb. 27), Franco won't be worrying about nerves. "I'm front and center, but ... I feel confident ... I'm happy to take the criticism. Even if it's 'The Worst Oscars Ever,' I don't care. It's one night of the year."
What do you think about Franco and Hathaway as hosts? Leave your opinion in the comments.