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Thursday January 6, 2011 11:38 pm

James Franco Addresses Gay Rumors

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Rumors,


With his various gay roles, Candy magazine cover, and overwhelming sex appeal, it's quite easy to doubt the man's sexuality. When EW sat down with the 127 Hours and popped the question, Franco answered in the most interesting, charming way only James Franco could.

"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.”

Franco then continues to explain why he chooses his characters; specifically, why he finds portraying gay men interesting.

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“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. “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.”

Either way, Franco is clearly comfortable with his sexuality -- whatever it is. After all, let's not forget that he has been dating actress Ahna O’Reilly since 2006.



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