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According to Entertainment Weekly, James Franco is going back to school to get yet another doctorate. The actor has reportedly enrolled at the University of Houston. Meanwhile onscreen, Franco is also playing a smarty pants.

Taking on the role of a shady scientist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Franco carves out his own niche in the Rise trailer, the latest installment of the ape-apocalypse set of films. As the head of a scientific research firm conducting experiments on apes, Franco leads an experiment that seems to go horribly …. no wait, terribly wrong.Franco shares the screen with Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto.

Aside from his education and acting, Franco has been suspected of enjoying a certain recreational activity. During his appearance on David Letterman earlier this month, he openly discussed the criticism he received after this year’s Academy Awards. Was he really stoned during the show?

“I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to [Anne Hathaway],” Franco said about his spunky co-host while insisting that he took his duties very seriously. “I never dreamed of being, like, the best Oscar host ever,” he says. “It was never on my list of things to do. It doesn’t mean I didn’t care and it doesn’t mean I didn’t try, right?”

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