Kelly & Michael: James Franco “Oz the Great and Powerful” Review

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James Franco: Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Kelly and Michael spoke with James Franco, who is now taking on the iconic role of the Wizard of Oz in Oz the Great and Powerful. A big congratulations was in order, because tomorrow James will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

James is excited because he’s got a pretty good spot in front of the El Capitan Theater. There will be an official ceremony with speakers Seth Rogen and Sam Raimi. Luckily, all James has to do is say “thank you.”

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Kelly & Michael: James Franco "Oz the Great and Powerful" Review

James Franco discussed his new film Oz the Great and Powerful and his mishap at the Daytona 500 with Kelly & Michael. (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

James Franco: Grand Marshall Of Daytona 500

As a part of his current press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful, James was Grand Marshall of the Daytona 500. However, there was a pretty embarrassing mishap that he shared with Kelly and Michael.

James was excited that for the first time, a woman, Danica Patrick, was in a pole position. He wanted to acknowledge Danica during the beginning of the race, so he planned on saying “Gentlemen and Danica, start your engines.” However, what he actually said was “Drivers and Danica, start your engines.” Now, James is embarrassed because he didn’t mean to imply that Danica wasn’t a driver.

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Now that James has explained himself, hopefully all is forgiven!

James Franco: L. Frank Baum Books

Growing up, James was a huge fan of the L. Frank Baum books. He was slightly intimidated to take on such a giant role as the Wizard of Oz. At the same time, James pointed out that you don’t see much of the Wizard in the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Therefore, he had some room to invent and develop his character.

James Franco: Oz the Great and Powerful

James knew that the film and story were in good hands with director Sam Raimi. The goal was never to “remake” the original Wizard of Oz film, so they had an “innovative approach.”  James also enjoys the use of 3D in the film, which “pulls you in gently” instead of making you nauseous (which has been my experience with 3D).

See James Franco in Oz the Great and Powerful, which opens nationwide on Friday, March 8 2013.

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