After sashaying down the red carpet in her fuchsia prom dress, Rihanna performed a beautiful, stripped down version of her #1 hit “We Found Love” at the Time 100 Gala. Influential person she is, it was revealed recently that the pop star nearly convinced Oscar-nominated weirdo James Franco to appear in the single’s video! ”She actually asked me to be in that video, the one with the relationship that gets crazy,” he told MTV. “I couldn’t do it. But, I guess, I hope that that means there’s mutual love between us.”
Not only is it surprising that Franco nearly starred in one of the most high-profile videos of last year (can you imagine him blowing tons of cigarette smoke into RiRi’s mouth?), this means that the pop singer didn’t always intend to cast a Chris Brown-lookalike — in this case, Irish boxer/model Dudley O’Shaughnessy — in the role of her on-screen beau.
Though Franco didn’t appear in Rihanna’s clip, the two might still end up working together. ”I think she’s gonna be in the new movie that I’m doing, Seth Rogen’s directorial debut,” he shared, speaking of upcoming film The Apocalypse, which features several celebrities playing themselves at a party thrown at Franco’s house. “I think she has a little part in that.”
Til then, we can always settle for Franco grooving and lip-synching to RiRi’s “You Da One.”