You can criticize James Franco for overextending himself. Or blame him for ruining this year’s Academy Awards. Or, after seeing “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” theoretically conclude that he (or at least his character) is partially responsible for what happens in the entire “Apes” franchise, including that ill-advised Tim Burton remake in 2002.

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But give Franco credit for this: He tends to speak honestly during media appearances. So honestly, in fact, that he dared to tell Jimmy Kimmel his fly was down in the middle of an interview on last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” That gem of a moment occurs at the 1:45 mark in the video below (Franco seems to actually register the zipper problem around the 1:42 mark).

After the jump, watch more snippets from the interview, in which Franco discusses his return to “General Hospital” and tries his hardest to explain his attempt to create non-visual art. (Kimmel isn’t buying it, and Franco starts to look frustrated.)

Franco discusses “General Hospital”:

Franco explaining conceptual art in, perhaps, the wrong setting: