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Stephen Colbert Asks James Franco, ‘Are You a Fraud?’

Stephen Colbert Asks James Franco, 'Are You a Fraud?'

James Franco has taken on one of his most mainstream roles
in the new Disney film, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’; nothing is more mainstream
than Disney. (You can read my review here.) But his entire career still has the shape of wide-ranging performance
art  — and with a lot more focus, Stephen Colbert’s on-screen right-wing persona
has so overshadowed the “real” Colbert that the character can be considered one
of the most successful, long-running pieces of performance art of all time.  So consider the many layers of reality and
artifice when Colbert asks Franco, the
professor-filmmaker-writer-actor-whatever: “Are you a fraud?”

In this ‘Colbert Report’ interview, they also talk about ‘Oz,’
and Franco challenges Colbert on J.R.R.Tolkien trivia. I could have listened to
them for a long longer.  

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