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Franco: 'Your Highness flop wasn't my fault'

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Jul 12, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The actor teamed up with Oscar-winner Natalie Portman and funnyman Danny McBride for the wacky period movie - but he was the one who critics took aim at when the film flopped at the box office.

And he insists he was an easy target after becoming known as the workaholic overachiever who co-hosted the worst Academy Awards ever.

He says, "I didn't write that movie. I was just doing my job. I think I'm fine in it. They knew there were problems with that movie a year ago. Just because it comes out after the Oscars, it's like 'Oh, here's backlash.'

"Well, you have the year's Best Actress Oscar winner in it, so wouldn't that boost ticket sales? And people want to blame me for that? It's just ridiculous. There's this feeling about me like, 'He's doing too many things. Let's get him.'"

And he doesn't expect things to get any easier when his new Planet of the Apes film is released later this year (11).

He tells Playboy magazine, "Critics will be out to kill this movie and blame me for it just because they are out to kill me. Last year people were pretty nice. This is the year when people are going to have fun going after me."

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