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James Franco Implicitly Reveals Why Everyone Hates Anne Hathaway

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2013 |

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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