The box office wasn’t a fan of the 2011 comedy “Your Highness,” and apparently the film’s star, James Franco, wasn’t either.
The 35-year-old Oscar nominated actor admitted in the June issue of GQ magazine that “Your Highness,” an adventure fantasy about two men’s quest to rescue a kidnapped bride, was nothing short of a disaster.
“'Your Highness'? That movie sucks,” Franco said. “You can’t get around that.”
The film, which costarred Danny McBride and Natalie Portman, was widely panned by critics and scored only a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey compared it to an infectious disease.
“To fully appreciate the extreme lowness of ‘Your Highness,’ it’s best to accept that this sometimes witless and sometimes winning comedy has absolutely no socially redeeming value,” Sharkey's review said. “The fun can be infectious -- but then so is the flu.”
The late Roger Ebert said the film appeared to be created by adolescent boys, citing its obscenity-laced script, raunchy nature and juvenile attempts at comedy.
“I don't have the slightest difficulty with the f-word or most other words, as themselves," Ebert's review said. "What I don't understand is why almost every single sentence has to be filled with them. Why is that funny? Oh, what a sad movie this is.”
While Franco admitted the failure of the comedy, he told GQ that he's interested in reprising his role as a loveable drug dealer named Saul in a sequel to the 2008 film, “Pineapple Express.”
“I don’t know what the holdup is,” said Franco, who claims the film’s writers, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, are interested in the project. “I think [they] need a fire lit under their asses.”
Franco stars in the summer comedy “This is the End,” a parody about the recent Mayan apocalypse prediction that is set to open June 12. The actor said his character, who's also named James Franco, is an exaggerated version of himself.
“When I first read the script the James Franco character was -- I guess the only way to describe it is he was a lot douchier than the version that we came up with. I was the materialistic guy. They were really playing up the Gucci-modeling aspect of my life.”
Franco and Rogen will also star in a North Korean comedy called “The Interview.” They'll play a producer and talk show host who accidentally become involved in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.