He told talk show host David Letterman, "People said I was under the influence... I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway."
Anne Hathaway admits she and James Franco have discussed their much-maligned presentation - and she took the Pineapple Express star to task over his unfavorable comment.
She tells Harper's Bazaar, "How did I take it? I let James know that a whirling dervish is a more Ã¯¬â€šattering comparison than a Tasmanian devil. I called him, and we emailed a bit."
But The Devil Wears Prada star has refused to let the criticism dampen her memories of their big night.
She adds, "In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don't see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars."