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We learned earlier that in the original script for 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' Will -- the scientist played by James Franco -- was supposed to perish at the end of the film. That's sad. Luckily, it didn't happen, if only because the ending that was used in the final cut of the film works better than the original. But! It doesn't mean such a dramatic ending needs to go to waste. Using the same script that popped up online today, Moviefone may have discovered the best use for this newfound slice of Franco tear-jerking: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by one of James Franco's obvious performance art characters and Anne Hathaway. That could have really used a better ending. You're welcome, no one.

James Franco realizes he's been betrayed.

JAMES FRANCO
(panicked)
Wait – no –

ANNE HATHAWAY
James Franco leave.

JAMES FRANCO
I won't –

ANNE HATHAWAY
James Franco leave now.

JAMES FRANCO
No. I'm staying with you.

Anne Hathaway pushes him. James Franco staggers backwards, falls down.
At that moment, BRUCE VILANCH and his ARMY step into the clearing.
Bruce Villanch takes aim at Anne Hathaway.

JAMES FRANCO
NO!

HE RUSHES ANNE HATHAWAY JUST AS BRUCE VILLANCH PULLS THE TRIGGER. THE BLAST OF THE GUN SHATTERS THE KODAK THEATRE SILENCE.

AT THE SAME MOMENT PRODUCERS DROP FROM THE RAFTERS – IT'S AN AMBUSH – a COUNTERATTACK.

Bruce Villanch and his men are taken by surprise.

UNLIKE CHRIS ROCK'S JUDE LAW TIRADE, IT'S A SLAUGHTER IN THE PRODUCERS' FAVOR.

EXT. OSCAR STAGE – DUSK

Anne Hathaway lays James Franco out on the Kodak Theatre floor. There's a lot of booing.

James Franco tries to speak. He looks up at Anne Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway takes him in his arms, cradles him with love.

James Franco looks into Anne Hathaway's green eyes. He relaxes. Lets go.


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