James Franco Wanted To Sink His Teeth Into 'The Twilight Saga'

July 11, 2011
James Franco attends the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on June 14, 2011 -- Getty Images

Actor-director-writer-artist-student James Franco also wanted to be a vampire!

The star has revealed his desire to be part of "The Twilight Saga."

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"I had my agent tell [director] Bill Condon that I'd' be happy to do anything in 'Breaking Dawn,'" the actor told Playboy's August issue.

"But that was because it was supposed to be part of a multimedia project at Yale. I was working with a Yale undergraduate who had written an autobiographical play about putting on a theatrical production of 'Twilight' in which I was a character," he continued. "So I was interested in 'Twilight' because I was going to be part of that play. I thought what a great connection it would be if I were also involved with the real 'Twilight.'"

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The 33-year-old actor also got very candid with the magazine about this year's "Your Highness," which co-starred Natalie Portman and was panned by critics.

"I didn't write that movie. I was just doing my job. I think I'm fine in it. They knew there were problems with that movie a year ago. Just because it comes out after the Oscars, it's like 'Oh, here's backlash,'" he told the mag. "Well, you have the year's best actress Oscar winner in it, so wouldn't that boost ticket sales? And people want to blame me for that? It's just ridiculous. There's this feeling about me like, 'He's doing too many things. Let's get him.'"

As for his next big screen project, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," James is ready for the naysayers.

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"Here's my guess: Critics will be out to kill this movie and blame me for it just because they are out to kill me," he said. "Last year people were pretty nice. This is the year when people are going to have fun going after me."

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" hits theaters on August 5.

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