James Franco's quirky 'Oz' journey: Exclusive clip

05:00 AM, Apr 30, 2013

James Franco plays Oscar Diggs in 'Oz the Great and Powerful.' AP/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Add another job title to James Franco’s quirky resume — behind-the-scenes film documentarian for Oz the Great and Powerful.

The actor decided that he would handle the hit film’s B-roll interviews, which turned into an extra called “My Journey in Oz.” Franco produced and directed the segment that will be on the Oz Blu-Ray and digital release June 11.

I just got bored with the regular B-roll behind-the-scenes kind of things that are so conventional and cookie cutter,” says Franco, who stars as Oscar Diggs in Oz. “It felt like they were not asking the questions I wanted to ask. I thought I would do the interviews and find out what I wanted to know.”

An exclusive sneak peek of the 22-minute segment is revealed here and is anything but boring. Starting with Franco waking up from a nap on the Detroit set, he interviews key members of the cast and crew including director Sam Raimi and his witch co-stars Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.

Sipping take-out coffee, Kunis conducts her interviews off-set in the vivid green make-up and prosthetic she wore in the film (another extra in the Blu-Ray release examines the two-hour daily make-up process needed to bring her green witch to life).

I was pretty used to it seeing her like that so it wasn’t hard to do the interview,” says Franco.

Raimi would interrupt key sections of his interviews by pulling funny faces for the camera, which shows the unique relationship between the director and Franco. The two have worked on four films together. But some of these moments had to be left on the editing floor.

There’s plenty of Sam goofing off,” says Franco. “He doesn’t like to be interviewed.”

Talk of an Oz sequel following the successful March release is still just talk. But Franco says the look behind the scenes gives a glimpse of the movie magic needed to bring the story onto the big screen.

I would have loved to have kept rolling all the time if I could. But Sam’s pretty private. So he didn’t want me to do all of that,” says Franco. “But every day was pretty amazing.”