Just like every tween girl on the planet wishes she had been cast in Breaking Dawn, James Franco did, too.
Franco, who has long been a fan of the Twilight Saga, told Jimmy Kimmel on his show in December that he asked for a possible role in the fourth installment, but director Bill Condon turned him down. Is he crazy?
Condon told MTV News at Comic-Con in San Diego that a friend passed along the message to him from Franco–and then seriously considered it. Ultimately, though, he thought it would end up being like one big game of Where’s Waldo?, Condon said.
“I really thought about it for a second, and nothing made sense,” Condon said. “If it had made sense, and frankly, if I had called and said, ‘Do you want to play that vampire from that country?’ it would have involved hanging around for two months in a scene with 80 people, and I don’t know if he really would’ve wanted to do it.”
If Franco had been in the movie, he would have been cast as one of the new vampires who come to support the Cullens against the Volturi, Condon said. Between Franco’s “star power” and his busy schedule, it wouldn’t have been a good fit, the director admitted to MTV News.
While there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Franco could pull of the role of a good-looking, sultry vampire, his stardom would take away from the meat of the movie. In any event, the number of squeals in any given movie theatre would probably increase by 10 percent as well.
Franco fans have no need to worry, though. The man is a jack-of-all-trades. He’ll probably direct his own vampire series soon enough.