Franco Still Upset About Oscars Monroe Drag Skit

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July 10, 2011 | 8:45pm EST

James Franco regrets dressing up as Marilyn Monroe at the Oscars, insisting he should have fought with producers – because he thought the gag was a terrible idea.
The 127 Hours star was visibly uncomfortable in drag at the 2011 Academy Awards and now, for the first time, he’s speaking out about the makings of one of the telecast’s most awkward moments.

He tells Playboy magazine, “I was so p**sed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something.

“The plan had been that I was going to sing as Cher and then Cher was going to come out onstage, that got axed when Cher and the song from Burlesque weren’t nominated. I told them, ‘Look, this is the thing people are going to talk about, the images they will take away from the show.’

“I just didn’t want to fight anymore, even when they said, ‘You’ll come out as Marilyn Monroe. It’ll be funny.’ Me in drag is not funny. Me in drag as Cher trying to sing like her is a thing. That didn’t happen, so then I just didn’t want to argue anymore. I was going with their program. I wanted to do the material they gave me, not be one of the many cooks doing the writing.

“There were a lot of cooks who shouldn’t have been cooking but were allowed to. There were some cooks my manager tried to bring in, like Judd Apatow, who wrote some very funny stuff that wasn’t used.”