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Apatow fires Franco

Jun. 24, 2007by: Ben Barna
This may be old news to some of you, but I just caught Judd Apatow firing James Franco from the set of KNOCKED UP after the actor fell victim to his ego and unleashed an arsenal of F-bombs on Apatow and poor Kristen Wiig, and it's hilarious. Franco is pals with Apatow from their FREAKS AND GEEKS days and based on this clip, there's some unresolved issues lurking around. This is a nice companion piece to the video of Michael Cera getting fired from KNOCKED UP, and here's hoping that more of these surface online and on the DVD extras as well.

James Franco gets fired as lead role in Knocked Up
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Source: Funny or Die

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8:15PM on 06/25/2007

That's Great!

"It's more like a collaborative shit", priceless! John Franco isn't so bad, he impressed me with his "Freaks and Geeks" performance. Terrible in everything else though. We'll see what he can do when teamed up with Apatow again on The Pineapple Express.
"It's more like a collaborative shit", priceless! John Franco isn't so bad, he impressed me with his "Freaks and Geeks" performance. Terrible in everything else though. We'll see what he can do when teamed up with Apatow again on The Pineapple Express.
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8:04PM on 06/25/2007

Not Real

I hate Franco as much as the next guy, and want this to be real, but it's not...sorry...this would have never seen the light of day if it were. But it actually did score Franco some points in my book, which, after Annapolis, i would have never thought to be possible.
I hate Franco as much as the next guy, and want this to be real, but it's not...sorry...this would have never seen the light of day if it were. But it actually did score Franco some points in my book, which, after Annapolis, i would have never thought to be possible.
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7:39PM on 06/25/2007

It is probably fake, but still hilarious...

Just like the Michael Cera video, this is probably fake. It is still hilarious, lol
Just like the Michael Cera video, this is probably fake. It is still hilarious, lol
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10:14AM on 06/25/2007

awesome

these on-set "hissy-fits" are freakin' hilarious. judd apatow is just too cool for school.
these on-set "hissy-fits" are freakin' hilarious. judd apatow is just too cool for school.
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7:01AM on 06/25/2007

It's for the dvd

These "firing" scenes are for the DVD. Judd Apatow said so in an interview published on this site
These "firing" scenes are for the DVD. Judd Apatow said so in an interview published on this site
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3:59AM on 06/25/2007
It starts out like any other [link] fuck-you-it's-not, actor-director fight. But when it gets really funny it is obviously a set-up. I don't think it's scripted because it's Judd Apatow (we all know (and love the fact that) he doesn't think much of scripted dialogue). But not only is that a giveaway, look at any other interview with James Franco, he's a pussykat, he would never h-bomb on someone like that for something like that. But it's hilarious nonetheless, it works. Oh and look at
It starts out like any other [link] fuck-you-it's-not, actor-director fight. But when it gets really funny it is obviously a set-up. I don't think it's scripted because it's Judd Apatow (we all know (and love the fact that) he doesn't think much of scripted dialogue). But not only is that a giveaway, look at any other interview with James Franco, he's a pussykat, he would never h-bomb on someone like that for something like that. But it's hilarious nonetheless, it works. Oh and look at Katherine Heigl's face when Franco is roaring and rampaging, now that's priceless. Oh, I love that girl.
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3:53AM on 06/25/2007

LOL @

Apatow: I don't understand. So you're still mad about Freaks and Geeks?

Franco: FUCK YES!!

That was classic! Man Franco is such a good sport. It's cool to see these scripted 'behind-the-scenes' with them actors having a good sense of humor.
Apatow: I don't understand. So you're still mad about Freaks and Geeks?

Franco: FUCK YES!!

That was classic! Man Franco is such a good sport. It's cool to see these scripted 'behind-the-scenes' with them actors having a good sense of humor.
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12:59AM on 06/25/2007

It's meant for the fangirls like me...

... those of us who STILL obsess over the fact that Freaks and Geeks was canceled. This is totally scripted (my guess is that it's Apatow's joke counterpoint to the videos of Lily Tomlin going off on the I HEART HUCKABEES set) and it's meant to take a poke at those of us who still say that the show was the best thing they'd ever seen on television. (It was.)

There was an interview with Alan Tudyk that I watched not too long ago where he said that Apatow likes to turn on the camera and then
... those of us who STILL obsess over the fact that Freaks and Geeks was canceled. This is totally scripted (my guess is that it's Apatow's joke counterpoint to the videos of Lily Tomlin going off on the I HEART HUCKABEES set) and it's meant to take a poke at those of us who still say that the show was the best thing they'd ever seen on television. (It was.)

There was an interview with Alan Tudyk that I watched not too long ago where he said that Apatow likes to turn on the camera and then just allow the actors to riff for a couple hours on a 5 minute scene, just for the hell of it. Personally, I love that idea.
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9:07PM on 06/24/2007
That was so fucking scripted, but very funny, nonetheless.

"Who's Sam Raimi?"
"Who's Sam Raimi, good luck with your fucking monologue."
That was so fucking scripted, but very funny, nonetheless.

"Who's Sam Raimi?"
"Who's Sam Raimi, good luck with your fucking monologue."
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8:18PM on 06/24/2007

Yup...totally scripted.

Chuckister is right...why else would there be perfectly edited cuts between Judd and James? :D
Chuckister is right...why else would there be perfectly edited cuts between Judd and James? :D
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7:15PM on 06/24/2007
This is scripted. Hilarious but scripted. Its from Will Ferrels Funny or Die site I think....now go look up the new Valiant Comics Harbinger book!
This is scripted. Hilarious but scripted. Its from Will Ferrels Funny or Die site I think....now go look up the new Valiant Comics Harbinger book!
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7:10PM on 06/24/2007

I...

seriously do not know if these videos are meant to be taken seriously...because I found that in this one with James, and the other with Michael, at one point they both seem as if they are going to burst with laughter.

"Who's Sam Raimi?" Aww...priceless...
seriously do not know if these videos are meant to be taken seriously...because I found that in this one with James, and the other with Michael, at one point they both seem as if they are going to burst with laughter.

"Who's Sam Raimi?" Aww...priceless...
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7:10PM on 06/24/2007

hehe

Haha. "$#T%ing Sam Loves me! He loves my $hit" nice
Haha. "$#T%ing Sam Loves me! He loves my $hit" nice
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