Could RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Really Be That Bad ?
James Franco, who plays the lead role in the prequel to "Planet of the Apes" seems to think so. In fact, he seems somewhat distressed about it. According to Steve Pond, writer for TheWrap.com, James Franco made some surprising comments in his recent interview for Playboy. Franco attempted to defend his poor and painfully unfunny performance as co-host of this year's Academy Awards show (alongside Anne Hathaway). He mentioned a lot of reasons for the way things turned out, including the bad script and the fact that he didn't really want to do it in the first place, but that's not quite the best part of the interview.
Apparently Franco is also trying to prepare the world for the stinker that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is going to be. He begins by saying that he didn't feel the movie was very stimulating from a creative point of view, compared to some of his "better" works, referring to "127 Hours" and "Milk". He goes on saying that the movie was ruined by countless reshoots that sacrificed character developement in favor of more action, and that "Critics will be out to kill this movie and blame me for it just because they are out to kill me....I never thought of this movie as an example of my creativity. I was an actor for hire.". If Franco's hinting at what I think he's hinting, it seems like 20th Century Fox should get ready to promote the movie for the Razzies, not the Oscars.
Can't say I'm surprised, though, because when Fox changed three release dates and one official title, it was probably a strong indication that the studio was having doubts about the success of this prequel. This might be some new form of publicity that James Franco is attempting here, because, as far as I know, the cast and crew usually have nothing but the best things to say about the movie they're promoting. Besides, everybody knows this is just a summer blockbuster, not "Schindler's List". Hollywood is a strange, strange place.