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James Franco Implicitly Reveals Why Everyone Hates Anne Hathaway

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 26, 2013 | Comments ()


James Franco made the rounds yesterday, apparently. Not only was he on Letterman yesterday to discuss why Harmony Korine had been banned from the show for life, but he was also on Stern, where he got into a conversation about why people dislike Anne Hathaway.

But before they addressed the disdain people have for the Oscar winning actress, Franco first wanted to set the record straight on the current state of their relationship:

"It was a really hard time after the Oscars," Franco told radio host Howard Stern. "She wasn't mad at me, I don't think ... she didn't say she was mad at me for what happened. The critics were so nasty. We haven't talked in a while... Anne and I made up, by the way."

I didn't realize that Hathaway was angry at him. I mean, I get why she might be: He did essentially feed her to the wolves during the Oscars while he stood idly by munching on Doritos and laughing while those wolves ripped the arms out of her sockets. I'd probably be upset, too. And not very forgiving, especially since it was Hathaway's overzealous need to please during the Oscars that fed into many folks' initial hate.

On that point, Franco wouldn't come right out and say it himself, but he allowed Stern to explain why people disliked Hathaway and confirmed Stern's line of reasoning.

Stern then asked if Franco knew why so many people, both in and out of Hollywood, hated Hathaway.

"I'm happy to revisit this, but you're going to have to take the lead," Franco said. "If you're going to talk about it, you're going to have to give your opinions ... She does not want me talking about this, but okay."

"Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I've explained that I do too, and I don't even know why sometimes," Stern said. "She just so affected and actress-y that even when she wins an award she's out of breath and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it's been written for her. And it all seems so scripted and acted."

"She comes off like the goody two-shoes actress and it's just fun to sort of hate her. Hate is a strong word, but I dislike her, even though she is a great actress. Is that accurate?" Stern asked.

"I'm not an expert on - I guess they're called 'Hatha-haters' - but I think that's what maybe triggers it," Franco said.

Honestly, I feel bad for Hathaway. She tries, people. She tries so hard, and all we do is give her grief. She just wants to be your friend, collective America. Let her into your club. I bet she'll bring baked goods and let you touch her Oscar. In fact, she'll probably insist upon it.


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  • Guest

    I think the media needs to stop telling us that we all hate Anne Hathaway. I don't think it's true, and nearly everyone I spoke to, raved about how wonderful she was in Les Mis. A lot more people hate Howard Stern. And James Franco doesn't have the most winning personality either.

  • Jezzer

    "She doesn't want me talking about this, but I'm going to anyway. In an extremely public forum. Because I'm an enormous douchebag who should fired into the sun."

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Why must we do this again? Can't we just dance, dance, dance the night away?

  • John W

    I don't see what's to hate. She's beautiful and incredibly multi-talented. If she comes across as a little phony well I think that happens to people who spend an inordinate amount of time giving interviews and trying to promote things.

    She wasn't that great as an Oscar host (I disagree btw)? Well welcome to the club. She's in illustrious company.

  • John W

    By the way anyone who has listened to Stern long enough knows that when he has a celebrity guest on his show the VERY FIRST thing he does is try to get them to say something bad about another celebrity they've worked with so he can save the soundbite.

    If he had the Pope on there he would want him to say something bad about God.

  • Candee

    I like her. I honestly don't get the disliking.

  • Kailan_Sunshine

    I actually like Anne Hathaway, but a simmering rage does build when I think about 'Ella Enchanted.'

  • Jerry Kenney

    The Franco/Stern dialog is meat for SNL's "Really?" sketch. I mean, can anyone find substance in that conversation. Haters are going to be haters, but if one were to rise above the noise and give Hathaway her due, one might notice that she does take on challenging assignments and achieves at some pretty high levels of accomplishment. Her social awkwardness, if you will, is not very different from what we call geekiness. She is a top shelf performing nerd. Nothing wrong with that.

  • kirbyjay

    Is Stern still around? I thought he went down with the flush a long time ago, and Franco can circle the bowl as well.

  • googergieger

    I'm indifferent. In that I don't watch her crap, so I have no reason to hate her.

    Fucking hate Franco so much it almost gives me a boner though. Though to be fair, literally everything does.

  • $27019454

    Upvote. Because boners.

  • I don't hate her but I find her to be so annoying. Stern got it exactly right. She's annoying because she's so affected and breathy and disingenuous. The humble bragging all over the place...yuck. Everyone knew she was going to win all the awards but every time she acts like it's such a surprise and was an underdog. You're a damned grown woman so act like one. Accept your accolades and awards with grace and humility and stop acting like T. Swift. I'm just hoping that she'll be the next Hilary Swank and she'll disappear and we won't have to see her toothy grin anymore.

  • BlackRabbit

    Think about it-the paparazzi are on celebs 24/7. Maybe she feels like she can't let down her guard because of the huge hunger for news that exists these days?

  • Yocean

    You know, between Anne Hathaway and the smug douche that threw up the current version of James Franco, I would choose Hathaway. And not just because I am a hetero male and finds her attractive but because she doesn't strike me as someone who'd laugh at me while deficating on my father's chest in public ( and I really would not put it, and much more past Franco).

  • dizzylucy

    Stop giving him ideas!

  • Slash

    I don't hate Hathaway. I don't love her. I meh her.

    I think she's a good actress (I haven't seen "Les Mis," so I can't comment on her performance there), but other than that ...

    There are lots of other people more deserving of hate than Hathaway. Congress. Wall Street. Cable companies. Phone companies. Banks. Insurance companies. Trump.

  • Palaeologos

    Ditto. She's just another actress with a statue in her study.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I think she is pretty... well, she photographs well. Not in that header picture... but in magazine spreads, she looks beautiful. But that is exactly why people dislike her, she always seems to be "on" and that is just annoying.
    But you know what... she got her award.

  • carrie

    honesty I DON'T CARE

  • Captain D

    If she brings baked good I think my wife might let her into the club. It would probably be more effective to bring Julie Andrews or Chris Pine instead. I think that's about the only way anyone's Oscar is getting touched.

  • Lynafg

    Hathaway >>>>>>>Franco

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I fucking hate James Franco.

  • $27019454

    "I think we all need to reassess how we use the word hate. Annoying? Yes, she's boatloads of annoying, but hate is a very powerful word." --cj

    I agree with cj's excellent comment, which got a bunch of upvotes, but I find it interesting that if you say you hate James Franco, it's clearly OK. If you say you hate Anne Hathaway, people lose their shit and tell you your opinion is wrong.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I hate James Franco because he's a shittastic, pseudo-intellectual brat who thinks he can get by just by doing the same damn shtick. Think what you want about Hathaway, but Franco is just a bag of dicks.

  • Well, he is getting by doing the same damned thing, and phoning that in, to boot. I keep waiting for someone to notice that he's not all that.

  • $27019454

    I have no opinion on Franco. But I am upvoting your opinion because I can and you can and that's that.

  • John G.

    What about James Franco? Do people like him? If she's trying too hard, he's not trying at all. In everything I've seen him in lately, it seems like they filmed every role for the last few years in one day of green-screen, and just digitally add him to movies. He's always the same, half-asleep, unable to emote, stoned smile with a range of emotion between midly annoyed to trying to look sad.

  • CMooreVerdad

    srsly. pot. kettle. black.

    edited to remove fragment.

  • Jezzer

    I have been completely over Franco's Big Bag of Bullshit for some time now, and wish he would hurry up and reach the hermit phase of his pretentiousness.

  • Robert

    If anyone would hate someone for actually behaving like an actor, it would be James Franco. He never does even when he's paid to act.

  • bennietudor

    John G., Franco always looks stoned, sleepy, and he seems be struggling to speak. His persona hurts much of his acting performances. Why was James cast as Oz ? Talk about the biggest miscasting in years, but Mila Kunis was miscast as well.

  • John G.

    That's exactly it. I'm surprised Stern got through several sentences without talking about his dick and the things he'd like to do with it, but Anne Hathaway is annoying precisely for the reason he says. She's just so obviously trying sooooooo hard. At the Oscars she reminded me of a girl in high school who thinks the talent show is gonna be her big break. I get that you have to try hard to make it in show business, but the trick is to make it look at least somewhat like you're not trying so hard.

  • $27019454

    Actually, Stern talks about a lot of things -- some of them salient and compelling and intellectually interesting -- aside from his dick. I think he hit the Hathaway nail on the head. I don't think the hate is fabricated by CNN or anyone else. In my case it's not fabricated. I loather her since she took me way the fuck out of the story in Brokeback (SO bad), a movie that was great IN SPITE OF HER. And all the people who are yelling at me this morning to Leave Her Alone: I have this to say -- Make me. You can't make me leave her alone. For the most part I do, but my antipathy is not cyclical. She's on the list right there with Catherine Zeta Lookatme and some choice others.

    Why didn't Franco offer her a bong hit. She might even be less insufferable that way.

    Or not.

  • bennietudor

    Howard Stern is a well-known bully, a homophobe, a racist, and a misogynist. That is the bottom line. Stern is paid handsomely for polluting the airwaves. So, I don't value his opinions whatsoever. You have the freedom to loathe Anne, and I actually like Anne's performance in Brokeback Mountain ( and it was well -received ) . I don't expect all actors' film performances to be good. I don't like all of Meryl Streep's performances or Daniel Day-Lewis' performances, but I will never say they are not talented. Catherine Zeta Jones and Hathaway are some of the few A-list celebrities that are not media whores.

    Maybe you can explain James Franco's sleepy and stoned behavior , and why he continues to bring those personas to his film performances. Looking at Franco's demeanor, nobody with the right frame of mind would want to take a bong hit with him. They would be scared.

  • Jezzer

    That must be why George Takei is a friend of the show: Howard's intense homophobia. You know how George likes to associate with the haters.

  • $27019454

    It's all subjective. My opinion is no less weighty than yours. Or Stern's. Sincerely...no BS, I totally respect your right to your opinion, even as I back away because you are a little scary-intense. As I say -- it's just a message board on the internet. Peace.

  • John G.

    I can't argue, because I don't listen to him, but the impression I got from the few times I did hear him (like blasting from a UPS truck near me) is that he's an aging man talking about which actresses he'd like to fuck and getting porn stars to get naked in front of him. I understand he has a lot of fans, but then there are a lot of lonely white guys out there.

  • $27019454

    Not to make this about Stern, but speaking as a lonely white guy (or not), I think he has a lot more to him than the actress fucking and porn stars. Oh, make no mistake, the porn/actress fucking is there in volume, but there is also substantive content there. You kinda have to know when (or care enough) to turn the channel. Anyway ... different strokes, right?

  • JJ

    Where are we in the cycle now? Have we moved past the Hating That People Hate Anne phase into Hating that People Hate That Other People Hate Anne phase? It's so hard to keep track of these hyperbolic and fabricated arguments.

  • FrayedMachine

    It's funny, I actually like Hathaway. Not because of her sugar coated side but because of her very spot on, not putting up with your shit side. I loved watching her in those interviews where they tried to feed her gerbil food questions and she calls them out on it. I don't know, I like that in an actress? I like seeing them being unwilling to fall into the expectations that we have for Hollywood Actresses (i.e. only questions pertaining to their looks and nothing else), it just registers as refreshing to me.

  • bennietudor

    You are absolutely right. Hathaway is one of the few young actresses that is willing to challenge her interviewers. Anne's impressive interview with Matt Lauer is one for the ages. She put him down and made him look like a idiot, while being classy, smart, quick, charming and unbelievably well-spoken- all at the same time. Lauer didn't know what hit him, after that interview. Matt was completely dumbfounded. He couldn't handle Hathaway, but he tore into Tom Cruise during that infamous interview.

    In a world full of celebrity airheads, like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Kristen Stewart , Beyonce ( man, this lady is not articulate ) , and Jennifer Lawrence ( her so-called hip and cool truck stop / trash talking is unbearable to me ) , Hathaway is the anomaly to all that nonsense . That is probably where most of the hate is coming from, because people perceive her qualities as being pretentious.

    Also, I don't understand this Jennifer Lawrence vs. Anne Hathaway foolishness. I take Anne ( the triple threat talent & trained theatre actress ) over Jennifer ( no training, very little acting experience, and problems delivering her lines ) .

  • FrayedMachine

    I can see why people would dislike Hathaway but those interviews she's had are way more than enough reasons for me to look past any minor quirks/personality traits that might irritate me and still love her. I don't know if she's someone I would want to hang out with (which is where the love for Lawrence comes from for me at least), but she's definitely someone I respect. Scarlett Johansson is in the same boat for that reason since she's had her fair share of calling out your bullshit in interviews, too.

  • $27019454

    I need to respectfully disagree with you on the only point that is opinion-based. I do not dislike her because I perceive her as being pretentious. I dislike her (one of the reasons) because I feel she is disingenuous. In my opinion, the upskirt/no undie thing Lauer was commenting on was a concerted effort. To me it was just one more thing in the pre-Oscar arsenal attention hogs use to get the attention they seem to crave. Matt Lauer seems gross and lame to me, but seriously? The fact that she threw down over that was laughable. But that is just my opinion.

    I usually do not care what an actor is like in private life, I just want them to entertain me. It's their job. The fact that her "personality" has gotten under my skin is sort of a fun hobby for me. Hathaway-hater. Can we lighten up? It's an opinion. I think she sucks as an actress. Her private persona or whatever is annoying. She bugs. That's all.

  • bennietudor

    I don't understand ? How can you dislike someone you never met ? I don't sit around loathing or disliking celebrities or finding different ways to be annoyed by celebrities . How do you know that that the no undie situation or discussion was used as a pre-Oscar arsenal ? Do you have any facts or proof to verify this ? Obviously, you hate Anne Hathaway, and that is fine. But, your argument doesn't hold water. But, if you want to believe it -that is perfectly okay. I didn't find it laughable for a interviewer ( especially a male interviewer ) to be disgusting, unprofessional, and mean-spirited towards a female. Anne handled the very gross Matt Lauer appropriately with grace,class and dignity. Matt's purpose was to try to embarrass her , vilify her, and create another Tom Cruise vs. Matt Lauer showdown.

    Hathaway is talented in my book. Her work on SNL ( not easy to do ) , Rachel Getting Married, TDKR, and Les Miserables, were all wonderful in my book. A couple of years ago, I saw Anne in a production of Shakespeare In The Park's Twelfth Night. She not only nailed her part, but she also held her own opposite Broadway's greats. I saw Denzel Washington ( Broadway's Macbeth ) and Natalie Portman ( Shakespeare In The Park's The Seagull ) in Shakespeare productions. They were both mediocre , and they were struggling with the Shakespearean text. Anne, on the other hand, was comfortable on the NY stage, her performance was sturdy, and she was at ease with the Shakespearean dialogue. Sorry, an actor that sucks cannot do that.

  • ImTheNana

    The same way people like a character an actor plays, so they think the actor is qualified to be an expert (or even someone to be considered for their opinion) in everything non-Hollywood from politics to medicine. SMH.

  • Jezzer

    Why do you even care whether or not someone likes Anne Hathaway?

  • Richard

    Click on the above users name and you will see that he or she is all over the internet defending Hathaway for some reason. Obsess much?

  • $27019454

    No. I have no empirical evidence or facts or proof of any of the things you mention above. I already said that. It's my opinion. I said that several times. "I feel." "She seems." And I don't care it any of my opinions or feelings hold water. I don't care. I still loathe her and I can use that word any way I choose. I don't know her. At all. I don't like her acting and I don't like the persona she puts out there. My opinion. Not a fad. Not a backlash. Not created by CNN. I don't like her. I can do that. She can be talented in your book. It's your book. My point is that my opinion is just that. Mine. At this point, I'm actually having fun with it.

    It's a message board. On the internet.

  • bennietudor

    Haters will always hate. Bottom Line. I hope your hatred doesn't cause you any health issues.

  • Nadine

    I love that side of her, absolutely.

  • Nadine

    Straight up, if she stopped trying so hard to be liked she would be likable. She is not 'normal', she is not 'one of us'. She's gorgeous and rich and super talented and maybe, I don't honestly know but maybe she's an icy bitch.

    If she is, she should own it.
    If she's not an icy bitch, and again, I honestly don't know, but if she's really that nice then STOP TRYING and people will come around.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Maybe she is owning who she is - someone who wants approval. Is what she is worse than being an icy bitch?

  • Nadine

    That's a good point actually. And of course, there is no sin in wanting to be liked. You know who she kinndddd of reminds me of? Tracy Flick in Election, in a way.

    She's successful and ambitious and neither of those is a bad thing at all but somehow by trying so hard to get that approval she(again, nothing wrong with wanting to be liked if that is her deal) something is getting lost in the translation.

    I agree with everyone the word hate is way too strong. The way I sometimes look at it is 'Would we be friends in High School?'

    I don't think I would have been friends with her. Nice to her, polite enough, maybe occasionally catty or bitchy, but not friends, not enemies. I feel the same way about others, it's just a reaction to my perception of their personality, which I admit is based on limited evidence.

  • cj

    I think we all need to reassess how we use the word hate. Annoying? Yes, she's boatloads of annoying, but hate is a very powerful word.

  • I'mNotTheGreatest

    Loathe is a better word

  • Lee

    Yes - the H word is used way too liberally. She's kind of like the annoying girl at school you avoid, but hate is reserved for child rapists and people who like torturing kittens.

  • Nadine

    Yes, exactly, perfect comment is perfect.

  • John G.

    oh, bravo to you. (slow clap)

  • koko temur

    Is Franco doing a performance art thingy about going to interviews and making interviwers reveal stuff insted of himself? Subversion of the genre and such?

  • She's always comes across likes she's trying to be as sweet and innocent as Sally Field during her famous "you really like me" Oscar speech. Only with Anne you can tell she's trying really hard to be that way.

  • $27019454

    I think as the years go by people will see that Sally Field should have gotten that oscar instead of Rictus Grin McJazzhandz.

  • Waiting for the "Leave Hathaway ALONE" video...

  • e jerry powell

    Chris Crocker is too busy being a bareback porn star, so you'll be waiting a while.

  • Joe Broggio

    I think this whole "America hates Anne Hathaway" theme is just a complete media fabrication. CNN had a whole thing about this a few weeks ago, along with a poll, and the poll to the article ("why do we hate Anne Hathaway" or whatever) showed, like, 46% favorable, 23% unfavorable, and 25% don't care at all; something very similar to that.

    CNN, stop trying to make fetch happen.

  • Jezzer

    I read that as "stop trying to make felch happen," and was momentarily taken aback.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Because you are for or against that?

  • Jezzer

    Because my delicate sensibilities were offended, of course. :3

  • bennietudor

    Good point .

  • dizzylucy

    Yes - I think a lot of people who follow entertainment news were annoyed by her during awards season, but I'm guessing the vast majority of people don't care.

  • Yes. Please people. Anne must be dying inside. Leave her the fuck alone.

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