Producers and writers on that present spoke to The Ringer about how Hathaway and Franco’s work habits and personalities weren’t an awesome match.
When the employees wrote the two would a spoof on Christopher Nolan’s film “Inception,” it required a months-long prep.
“Anne made herself readily available,” author Jordan Rubin advised the publication. “I went to her house and worked on the script and she was on a bunch of conference calls and responding to emails and was a great collaborator.”
Rubin mentioned Franco was deep in his school part, taking doctoral courses in the English division at Yale University in Connecticut.
“He always seemed to be on a flight and it was very hard for me to get a hold of him,” Rubin recalled. “That was a red flag.”
During rehearsals, Hathaway “showed up ready to play and committed 110 percent,” Rubin mentioned, whereas Franco “was a great guy but often looked like he had just woken up from a nap. It’s almost like you’re showing up to a tennis court and one person decided that they were going to play in the U.S. Open and the other wanted to play in jeans and just kind of hit a few balls.”
Rubin mentioned issues bought worse when in the future Hathaway kindly tried to provide Franco a word on a line that wasn’t working. He mentioned Franco advised her “Don’t tell me how to be funny.”
Production scrapped duets the two have been going to do and “the chaos mounted” as the duo failed to attach.
The Ringer reported that Hathaway and Franco declined to be interviewed for the piece, however have mirrored on the gig since.
“I was focusing on the parts of the show that I knew worked,” she recalled. “You know how sometimes your optimism tips into delusion and you’re just like, ‘If I’m just really, really nice to everybody, everything’s going to work out.’ It did not work in that case.”