The multi-talented actor gets pummeled with jokes about his sexuality and his 2011 Oscars hosting gig.
Sunday night in Los Angeles, James Franco became the latest star to be roasted by Comedy Central. Celebrity friends of the 35-year-old actor like Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, Jonah Hill and Andy Samberg were on hand to poke fun at the "Spring Breakers" lead actor, making jokes about his Oscars hosting gig with Anne Hathaway and the speculations about his sexuality.
Roast master Rogen, Franco's "Pineapple Express" co-star, delivered a one-two punch with a gay joke that went, "He once told me he worked for 36 hours straight, which I didn't believe. The straight part, of course," and a dig at Franco's poorly-received Oscars performance, saying, "Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there doing nothing. I feel like I'm hosting the Oscars with you!"
In the tradition of the Comedy Central Roast, the roasters took jabs not only at the roastee but also at each other. Comedian Jeffrey Ross picked on Hill, taking shots at his weight with, "When Jonah Hill's agent told him Quentin Tarantino wanted him to be in a spaghetti western, Jonah said, 'You had me at spaghetti,' " and his ego, "Jonah Hill was going to be in the last 'Transformers' movie but they cut the role of the car that transformed into a giant a**hole after it was nominated for an Oscar."
Throughout the two-hour onslaught, Franco managed to laugh it all, flashing his squinted eyes, something which the roasters also mocked. When he finally took the stage towards the end of the show, he also made light of his Oscars hosting stint, saying, "I do think this is my punishment for the Oscars. America and the rest of the world can have a cathartic moment after this airs."