Late Night Last Night: James Franco Owes His Grandma Crack Money

James Franco in a Hot Air Balloon

After conquering the worlds of acting, directing, prose, poetry, academia, racecars, porn, and women’s shoes, James Franco is now venturing into the realm of archaic air travel. On Wednesday night, Franco paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, making his entrance to the Los Angeles set via the transport of hot air balloon — in honor of his upcoming film, Oz the Great and Powerful.

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But his unusual mode of transit was not the only gem Franco brought to Kimmel. The 34-year-old Sam Raimi fixture invited a special guest to accompany him to the talk show: his grandmother, who stole the show by regaling Jimmy with her aspirations to play a munchkin in her ambitious progeny’s latest picture. The two have worked together before — Grandma Franco once played a crack den matron who was none too pleased with young James’ lateness in his drug payments.

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Watch the video below, and catch Oz in theaters Mar. 8.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.