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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: James Franco Spills On Saturday Night Live Doc At Sundance

Jan. 22 2010, Published 6:40 a.m. ET

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Hollywood hunk James Franco is showing his latest film Howl at Sundance and caught up with the scruffy star Thursday night at the movie’s after party for an exclusive chat about his behind the scenes documentary about weekend TV staple, Saturday Night Live.

“I hosted last December and it was such a great experience and there were so many unexpected things about it that I thought a documentary would be perfect to highlight it all,” Franco told at the bash, sponsored by Diesel’s new Be Stupid campaign.

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“For example, since it’s a live show if you have two sketches in a row, you have to change really fast. When you host, you don’t realize you’re going to be yanked across the stage after one sketch ends and you have four or five people undressing you,” he said, sipping a vodka and water.  “The clothes all have velcro, so one person will pull your shirt off, another will pull your pants off, and someone else swaps your wig and facial hair. It's nerve-wracking and a little surreal to have all these people working on you. And – since it’s live - if you aren’t ready in time, you’re kinda screwed.”

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Franco says that the genesis of the project came courtesy of a school assignment at NYU Film School, where the actor is currently taking classes. “Our task the first year was to make a five minute documentary, and I immediately thought of doing SNL. Executive Producer Lorne Michaels gave me such great access to the show, it was unprecedented,” Franco said. “He’d never given this much access to anyone and he let us film everything. We shot it in one week, from Monday to the airdate on Saturday night, and got the writing process down to rehearsals. John Malkovich was the host when we filmed and he was great and let us shoot the whole process.”

Franco’s documentary is set to premiere at South By Southwest Film Festival in March.



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