12:07pm PT by Lexy Perez
James Franco Appears in Mock Holiday Films for Cut 'SNL' Sketch
James Franco and the Saturday Night Live cast joined Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie lineup in a mock commercial for a sketch that was cut for time from his Dec. 9 hosting gig.
In the faux "Countdown to Christmas" promo, varied previews for upcoming holiday films are shown, two of which feature Franco in starring roles as a Canadian actor named Chris Bearstick.
In the first film — dubbed Yes, Santa — castmember Kate McKinnon stars as a woman who leaves her city job to run her grandma's Christmas tree farm only to later reconnect with her high school sweetheart (Franco). "The only catch: He's young Santa," the narrator (Cecily Strong) teases. Despite McKinnon's character being engaged, she chooses to continue her relationship with young Santa. "He works too much, so it's OK if I cheat on him," the actress comically says of her fiance.
Franco's Bearstick then reappears in the preview for another Hallmark film, titled Prince Santa. "We got him to be in two of these for no pay," Strong jokes. Franco's character proposes to his ice skater princess (Melissa Villasenor), revealing his true identity as a prince and Santa.
Watch the holiday sketch below.