James Franco hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and brought out some of his celebrity pals to help him with his monologue, with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin all featuring in the short sketch. What happened next was a totally real, not at all pre-planned argument between the stars.
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James Franco celebrated hosting Saturday Night Live in typical fashion, by inviting his mates along to support him. Rather than just sitting in the audience, though, they got stuck in and ended up on the stage by the end of Franco's monologue.
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Steve Martin all played their parts in a totally-not-entirely-scripted argument about why Franco has been asked to host the American TV institution four times to Rogen's two.
With The Disaster Artist actor and director being asked to take questions from the audience he side-stepped a question about his career when he noticed Rogen sat behind the woman asking the question.
Rogen, pretending to only be there because he got tickets, said that the woman next to him wanted to know why Franco had hosted more times than Rogen.
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Franco countered: "Why don't you ask Seth why the movies I do on my own, like 127 Hours, get nominated for Oscars? The movies I do with Seth get nominated for a stoner award."
At this point Jonah Hill arrives and shifts the woman next to Rogen from her seat, before asking who is hosting.
Upon learning who it is, he says: "Ah, people, they want to see that?"
Hill then turns to Seth Rogan and says: "Hey, Seth, you've only hosted twice, right?"
Franco tries to wrestle control of the show back, before noticing that comedy giant and SNL legend Steve Martin is sitting in the balcony. He wasn't happy either.
The star of the god-awful kids' comedy Cheaper By The Dozen and Planes, Trains and Automobiles complained: "James, I want you to know that I used to stand on that very spot right where you're standing - I used to host Saturday Night Live, I used to be the centre of attention.
"I gotta say, I resent it just a little bit."
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Franco's fourth hosting was a bit hit and miss, but you can always count on him for a few celeb cameo appearances. He also wheeled out his brother Davey Franco to help him in some of the sketches, and there was a musical performance from R&B singer SZA.
Franco has recently released The Disaster Artist, a film about the making of The Room - widely considered to be the best worst film of all time. He plays Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious eccentric behind the film.
No doubt all of his celebrity chums will also get a run out in the film, which has been a critical success so far. Rogen definitely features, and also co-produced the film, so they can't dislike each other that much.
Surely another Stoner Of The Year award is in the bag?
Words: Tom Wood