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Spidey foe meets his match in Harvard's Hasty Pudding crew

James Franco, the Hasty Pudding 2009 Man of the Year, receives the traditional pudding pot, at the New College Theatre, Friday, February 13, 2009. (Evan Richman/Globe Staff) James Franco, the Hasty Pudding 2009 Man of the Year, receives the traditional pudding pot, at the New College Theatre, Friday, February 13, 2009.
By Paysha Rhone
February 14, 2009
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"Spider-Man" villain James Franco got his pudding pot at the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year roast and ceremony last night. As is tradition, the Hasties mocked the "Milk" star for some of his less than stellar performances - yes, "The Wicker Man" came up - and also for his perfectly symmetrical face.

Franco took it all in good humor, as he stood on the stage between Pudding producers Pierce Tria and Charlotte Twaalfhoven. "I can't believe you didn't like Wicker Man," he exclaimed, of the much-maligned remake with Nicolas Cage.

During the roast, the actor was also confronted by the traditional Hasty drag queens, a scythe-wielding character representing the death of his career and a gay cow whose udder he was asked to milk. (The Hasties snuck a comedic bar mitzvah in as well, with Twaalfhoven declaring "You're a man now.") He received his golden pudding pot wearing an eye patch, blonde wig, purple heels and a gold-spangled pineapple-shaped bra, representing his movie, "Pineapple Express." "I've made it," he said.

After the ceremony, the actor said the bar mitzvah was "actually really touching. I'm Jewish, my mother's Jewish, but I wasn't raised Jewish. I guess I wasn't a man until tonight." He said parts of the roast surprised him and were not actually accurate. "I was never in "The X-Files," he said, referring to a joke about him playing X-Files guard number two. He also confessed that he joined his high school drama club to get revenge on his girlfriend at the time, who did a play with another boy. "And I was really jealous," he admitted. So when he was cast as the lead in his first play - and he got to murder his wife in the production - he felt validated. "I learned how cathartic acting could be."

Franco ended his post-roast press conference by kissing his pudding pot ("Kiss the pot?" he asked. "Is that a tradition?") But he admitted it was not his most functional award. "I won a stoner of the year award from High Times magazine," he said, of being honored for his role in "Pineapple Express." He sent it to his parents for safe-keeping. "Unfortunately it cracked in the mail, so they haven't been able to use it."

The actor, who got a tour of Harvard yesterday, was accompanied by his girlfriend and stuck around at the New College Theatre for the Hasty Pudding production of “Acropolis Now,” which opened last night. Of course, he also had an invite to the after-party.

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