James Franco Digs Ricky Gervais' Jokes After All

"I'll use some of these lines. Thanks, Ricky," an initially skeptical Franco says as E! News catches up with him and Oscar cohost Anne Hathaway

By Natalie Finn, Jason Kennedy Feb 25, 2011 4:20 AMTags

James Franco was a tad annoyed to learn that Ricky Gervais had generously penned a sample monologue for him and cohost Anne Hathaway to use on Sunday when they host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

"He did his award show and he bombed. Why is he trying to get in on ours?" the 127 Hours star wondered as E! News' Jason Kennedy handed over his iPhone so they could check out Gervais' jokes.

"Horrible. His lines weren't good on the Golden Globes," Franco insisted, though he started to read...

But after he and Hathaway took turns reading a few lines—"I would like to point out that Ricky Gervais has written all of the jokes for James," Hathaway said—and realized that many of them were poking fun at the "fat British comic" himself, Franco acknowledged that maybe Gervais is a little bit funny.

"I'll use some of these lines. Thanks, Ricky," Franco said.