James Franco, Jodie Foster, Seth Rogen to attend immigrant rights rally

The Oscar victor spoke to hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Beverly Hills headquarters of United Talent Agency (UTA), which cancelled its Oscars party to stage the protest.

Other stars who showed up to the event include Michael J. Fox, Aaron Paul, Kat Graham, and more. Security officials estimated there were 1,200 people in attendance.

The "United Voices" rally was aiming to express the creative community's support for freedom of speech and artistic expression, while standing against policies of exclusion.

He welcomed all, including a handful of Trump supporters, because he said "this is America, where you get to believe what you want".

For the most part, however, the crowd was subdued, civil and attentive to the celebrity speakers.

Fox - who is battling Parkinson's disease - put his health woes to one side to deliver a powerful speech that saw him recount his painstaking eight-year journey to become a USA citizen some 20 years ago.

One of the best-received was Jodie Foster who enthusiastically yelled "this is a great idea!"

Meanwhile, acting icon Foster admitted that while she usually doesn't use her face to promote political acitivism, she felt this time things were different.

She warned the crowd of an "attack on democracy" telling the gathered protestors it was "time to show up".

"It's the singular time in history".

The rally is being held from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m. Friday afternoon outside of UTA's Beverly Hills headquarters. And as the very, very dead Frederick Douglass once said "any time is a good time for illumination". Farhadi announced previously he will not travel to the United States for the Oscar ceremony due to "the unjust circumstances" of President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries - even though that order has since been blocked by a federal appeals court.

Other artists turning out to show their support, includedIke Barinholtz, John Cho, Jai Courtney, Jamie Dornan, Megan Mullally, Bill Nye, Nick Offerman, Aaron Paul, Josh Radnor, Emily Ratajkowski, Retta, Timothy Simons andKristen Wiig.

  • Salvatore Jensen