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Gay Talk, With James Franco!

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Well, he's not really giving a straight answer!

While discussing the rumors surrounding his gay film roles, James Franco gives his take on the subject - and we just don't know what to think about it!

He said:

“It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.

There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys. 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.”

Ha. Love it!

[Image via WENN.]


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32 comments to “Gay Talk, With James Franco!”

  1. 1

    Call me crazy but this seemed like a very non-gay answer. As an actor he's trying to convey the experiences that a gay person has gone through, you don't have to be gay to want to represent a historically under-represented demographic.

  2. 2

    James Franco seems like the type of dude who wants to human experience. I don't think you can define his sexuality because it seems to be as fluid as his interests.

  3. 3

    He's probably "pansexual" I'm not sure what that means but, I guess, it's kind of across between bi and just open minded and very outside the box thinking, or maybe he's just gay ; )

  4. citsk says – reply to this


    Oh Perez sweetheart. He's giving an answer. You just don't understand it.

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  6. 6

    I don't think he's gay. I think he's extremely open minded and looking to every experience possible. Do I think he's hooked up with a guy? Possibly. Do I think he's had gay sex? I don't think so. I think he's just very, very open-minded.

  7. 7

    i'd do him! aiai… those thoughts in my head…

  8. 8

    What does it matter? He's an incredible actor who can easily portray gay and straight men. His sexuality is his business, no one else's.

  9. 9

    Why is it, If a person constantly plays a drug dealer..and they are black or something noting comes up..Just like if a person was to play a racist person over and over..People wouldn't be saying "He must be a racist in real life"

    But if an actor plays a gay character rather it be a single time or multiple times people think they are gay..Odd

    This guy doesn't strike me as gay..Just a hippie type that obviously fucks around with drugs.

    Jake Gyllenhaal on the other hand is gay.
    Same with Hugh Jackman which is funny because when he first become big with that X-Men stuff people were like "YUP HES A STRAIGHT TESTOSTERONE FILLED BADASS" which put him in the spotlight and people began to notice his mannerisms..

    Joe Jonas
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Hugh Jackman are gay. Franco just doesnt seem to be a fruit.

  10. booey says – reply to this


    HA! these are definitely the words of a columbia student.

  11. 11

    Gay, gay. gay! He's right! I'm gay and I don't go around telling everyone. I don't go around trying to force people to accept it. I'm just gay. I have some guy friends that are not cool about it… they don't give me a hard time…they just don't want to knwo about it. And why should they" What I do in bed is my business. What James Franco is saying here is that maybe he's bi-sexual? Why is it always "gay or straight?" Translation… I think he's saying maybe he's both.

  12. 12

    That's hilarious. He is something else. I don't care what he is. He is the shit. & he is funnnnnnnnnnnny as hell. Also, if I had to make a guess on his sexual orientation, I'd call it undefined. like me HA

  13. 13

    James Franco is probably as gay as my cousin is straight rofl. Seriously though, WHO CARES!!! What he does or doesn't do, or what his personal preferences are when it comes to relationships is his own business IMO. I myself would rather concentrate on more important issues in the world :)

  14. 14

    his sexuality is his private matter, what's important to us is his acting skills, wich he has proven that he has them.
    we are too much more than our sexuality, it doesn't define us (at least shouldn't.
    kisses perez.

  15. 15

    James Franco rules, he's such a cool guy

    Great way to handle that question

    Wish he was a lil gay tho :D

  16. 16

    I don't think he wants people to know the real truth of his sexuality because that may limit his acting jobs in the future.

    Also the more people talk about his sexuality, is he or isn't he, the more his name gets out there.

  17. 17

    Right On James!

  18. 18

    I really don't think he's gay. Re: booey – LMAO. That's what I was thinking.

  19. 19

    He must be sick of this question. He's played like 50 roles and 3 of them have been gay. Get over it.

  20. 20

    Love him!!!

  21. 21

    It really only matters to the person who is in his bed at the time.
    Maybe he is bi or does not like labels.

  22. 22

    That thing on his lip is deffo gay

  23. 23

    he's a talent and no I don't think he's gay!!!

  24. 24

    I don't know… I've always wondered if he was gay or not, but this answer seems like he's not…
    He just seems like a cool dude, comfortable with himself, and supportive of equal rights.
    But if he is, more power to him :)

    Either way- he's talented, and sexy as $#!7.

  25. 25

    He REALLY REALLY is the absolute best!

  26. 26

    Re: NookiesWA – Hugh Jackman is not gay… he has a family and a wife whom he loves dearly. He's not American and in his native Australia certain mannerisms are more appropriate. Pull your head from your ass. Franco, on the other hand, I think like most commenters is just up for any experience.

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  28. 28

    Re: dialysisdarling – just becasue someone has a wife and family doesnt mean they are not gay. ever heard of john travolta. there ar so many gay guys with a wife and kids, especially in hollywood. who knows if hugh jackman is gay (i never thought he was get) or straight aND who really cares. he does have a gay sensibitily about him though, whether that be culteral or not. as for franco, he is one of the very few really intellegent actors out there who seems to take his roles very seriously. he never struck me as gay but as an actor who likes to push the envelope in his roles. i have always enjoyed his work.

  29. 29

    Re: dialysisdarling – He's gay. Sorry to crush your hopes & dreams.

    A guy that acts effeminate. Mannerisms that are identical to what non flamboyant gay people have. A older/significantly lesser attractive wife WITH 2 -ADOPTED- kids? Yeah, He's gay.

  30. 30

    i dont think he's gay but i think he will get it on with whatever strikes his fancy

  31. 31

    I think he plays the roles to understand being a minority and discrimination.
    He's more likely straight or open minded.

  32. 32

    Re: AynRandy – pansexual means that you date transsexuals as well as the same sex and opposite sex