James Franco: 'Drivers and Danica start your engines!'

Unique command draws cheers, jeers for James Franco

Published On: Feb 25 2013 10:57:59 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

"Drivers and Danica...start your engines!" With that unique command, actor James Franco ordered the 43 cars to fire up for the Daytona 500.

The duty is normally carried out with the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, start your engines."

Perhaps making the incident even more awkward from the racetrack announcer's introduction of Franco himself when he said, "And now for the most famous words in motorsports, please welcome your grand marshal from the upcoming film Disney's 'OZ the Great and Powerful', James Franco."

Of course, this year is different. Danica Patrick is the first woman to start from the pole in a Cup race, and Franco hinted beforehand that he was planning an audible. As unpredictable as ever, he passed on a chance to copy the command that was used when Patrick raced in the Indianapolis 500, "Lady and gentlemen, start your engines."

Of course, the movie the racetrack announcer was referring today was filmed in Michigan. 'Oz the Great and Powerful' tars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Willams and Rachel Weisz . Michelle Williams plays the part of Glinda the Good Witch.

James Franco plays the role of a snake-oil salesman whose balloon carries him to a magical place somewhere over the rainbow, where he goes on to become the Wizard of Oz.

The Disney film was the largest feature film to ever be shot in Michigan

Rachel Weisz is circling the role of Wicked Witch of the East Evanorah, who, long before Dorothy's house did her in, attempts to draw kid sister Theodorah over to the dark side. Apparently it worked: Theodorah, played by Mila Kunis, eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

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