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James Franco Addresses the Gay Rumors

This picture is a little old, but I'm tired of the moustache James Franco has been sporting lately.

Count on EW.com to pull the best quotes for their headlines. This blurb from Entertainment Weekly's recent cover story on Oscar host and hopeful James Franco has the catchy headline: "James Franco on playing gay characters: 'You know what, maybe I'm just gay.' "

Of course, EW quickly points out Franco is in a long-term relationship with a woman, though he has played gay characters several times on screen. He most notably played Harvey Milk's lover in "Milk," but also starred as poet Allen Ginsberg in last year's "Howl." He'll also be seen in the upcoming "The Broken Tower" playing (another) gay poet, Hart Crane.

Anyway, the above quote should be read in it's context, which is actually a very eloquent response for Franco's attraction to such roles. “There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys,” he says in the interview. “And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I’m interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it’s coincidental, in other ways it’s not. I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ’60s and ’70s, a gay man who we depicted in the ‘50s, and one being in the ‘20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”

--Jenelle Riley


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