Producers and writers on this show spoke to The Ringer about how Hathaway and Franco’s work habits and personalities don’t go well together.
When staff wrote that the two were going to parody Christopher Nolan’s film “Inception”, months of preparation were required.
“Anne made herself available immediately,” writer Jordan Rubin told the publication. “I went to her house and worked on the script. She participated in a number of conference calls, replied to emails, and was a great contributor.”
Rubin said Franco was deep in his college phase and received his PhD from the Yale division of Yale University in Connecticut.
“He always seemed to be on a flight and it was very difficult for me to get hold of him,” recalled Rubin. “That was a red flag.”
During rehearsals, Hathaway was “ready to play and 110 percent committed,” said Rubin, while Franco “was a great guy but often looked like he’d just woken up from a nap. It’s almost like going to a tennis show up court and one person decided they were going to play at the US Open and the other wanted to play in jeans and just hit a few balls. “
Rubin said things got worse one day when Hathaway kindly tried to give Franco a note on a line that wasn’t working. He said Franco said to her, “Don’t tell me how to be funny.”
In production, duets the two wanted to do scrapped and “the chaos rose” when the duo couldn’t connect.
The wrestler reported that Hathaway and Franco declined to be interviewed for the play but have since considered the performance.
“I focused on the parts of the show that I knew would work,” she recalled. “You know how your optimism sometimes leads to deception and you just say, ‘If I’m just really, really nice to everyone, everything will work out.’ In this case it didn’t work. ”