Actor James Franco has talked about the criticism he received for his performance as Oscars co-host with Anne Hathaway.

In an interview to be broadcast on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on US television tonight, Franco is asked about the drubbing he received from critics after the February awards show.

Franco says: "People said I was under the influence... I've thought about it; I think I know why. Because, I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway... She has a lot of energy."

He continues: "I haven't watched it back. Maybe I had low energy. I honestly played those lines as well as I could."

Watch a YouTube clip from the interview.

Letterman than says to Franco: "Let me ask you a question: what the hell do you care?"

He replies: "I never dreamed of being, like, the best Oscar host ever; it was never on my list of things to do. It doesn't mean I didn't care and it doesn't mean I didn't try hard, right?

"But here's the hypocritical thing: leading up to the Oscars, I couldn't hear enough about how, 'Oh, people don't care about the Oscars anymore. It's dead. It's boring. It's at the end of a long awards season. Who cares about it?' Well, as soon as you don't host the way they want you to, they suddenly care and they won't shut up about it! Suddenly I can't hear enough about a show they don't care about!"