Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 02/14/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
LOS ANGELES -- Despite getting advice from Billy Crystal and working as hard as he can to prepare to host the Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane thinks his hosting gig is a "one-off" and that he'll be "flayed by the press" no matter what he does.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday from the Dolby Theatre, where he'll host the 85th annual Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, the entertainer was alternately confident and self-deprecating.
"I'm not feeling a lot of pressure from myself," he said. "There is sort of a comfort in knowing that no matter what you do, you're going to get the same reactions in the reviews. So I could put on the worst or the best show in the world and I will still be flayed by the press."
Still, he said he's spent five months trying to strike a comedic balance that will satisfy the fans of his animated shows and the comparatively highbrow audience inside the Dolby Theatre.
"I've set myself up for the hardest job in the world because the fans of Family Guy and Ted and the shows and whatnot that I do are expecting one thing. If I deliver that, this crowd will walk out," he said.
He promises to add bite to the show --"The whole point of their bringing me on was to give it a little bit more of an edge"-- but acknowledges there will be a lot of ego in the audience.
"You have a room full of people who are at the top of their game -- they're successful, they're being honoured, they're attractive -- and yet this is also the group with the thinnest skin on the planet," he said, "so it's a tough group."
Ultimately, he hopes to hybridize the barbs of three-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais with the classy style of nine-time host Crystal.
The entertainer said Crystal gave him some helpful advice, including "get comfortable with your shoes before you go on stage."
MacFarlane will sing during the show and is also a nominee for his original song for Ted, but said he expects to lose the category to Adele.
He's aiming for "very much a classic Oscars with a much more current edge," and said, "It's impossible to work any harder than I have in preparation for this," but he still doesn't think he'll be invited back.
"But I'm still thrilled to be doing it. It's going to be a lot of fun. I will very much enjoy having done it once it's over."
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 14, 2013 C16
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