James Franco and Danny McBride were swarmed by fans on the campus of UC Santa Barbara for a premiere of Your Highness on Friday. Their pregnant costar, Natalie Portman, skipped the event since she's on the East Coast prepping for the arrival of her first child. James and Danny have been taking care of the promotional duties for their must see stoner comedy flick, due out this Friday, though Natalie and Zooey Deschanel were a hot topic of conversation at their press junket. James stopped by Letterman last week to finally break his silence about his controversial hosting duties at the Oscars, defending himself by saying Anne's enthusiasm made him look more low energy. James also recently suspended his Twitter account after coming under fire over the content of his tweets. That doesn't mean he's slowing down anytime soon, since he's signed on to teach a course at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
James Franco plays the swashbuckling and sexy Prince Fabius in the upcoming Your Highness. When his lady love is kidnapped by an evil wizard, he and his ne'er-do-well brother, played by his former Pineapple Express costar Danny McBride, set out on a quest to rescue her. Hijinks, sword fights, and stoner humor ensue. James was on hand for the movie's recent press day in Beverly Hills, where he talked about gearing up for the movie's fight scenes, the secret to a solid bromance, and why he's still pursuing his college career despite his success as an actor. Here are some highlights:
- On the attention his college career has gotten: "Well, it's hard. It's out of my hands, really. I really went to school for myself, and sometimes I forget that it's not actually a public act. I'm there to learn and better myself and that part of my life is not a performance, but in some ways, it kind of has become material for public discussion, to the point where The New York Times is like, interviewing my teachers. But I don't mind. I'm proud of everything I'm doing. I guess it's just that part of my life is a performance, and I perform as a job, and then part of it's kind of not. But what can you do? I can't control it."
- On why people think he's so busy: "Well, there's also this phenomenon where people do like to announce movies that they think I'm doing that I'm not. Somebody just doesn't have time to do all the movies that people claim that I'm going to do. Or, I have acquired the rights to a lot of books that I love, and I think it helps the writers to sell their books if they announce my attachment. But it doesn't mean I'm going to make the movies in the next year or two or three."
- On brushing up his sword skills for Your Highness: "Danny was the writer, so he conveniently wrote his character as someone who was very bad with swords so he didn't have to train at all. I trained a bit, but I had done literally nine months of training, seven days a week, for Tristan and Isolde, because I was a young actor that didn't know that was insane. And I didn't get to use much of it in that film, so I got to use it in this movie."
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