It’s hard to reconcile both, especially since Franco was outed trying to coax a female teenager into having quickie sex over social media.
Two years ago this month, Franco admitted he made sexual advances on an 17-year-old tourist in New York City. He said it was just bad judgement and not a publicity ploy for his new movie “Palo Alto.”
The episode revealed the ugly side of celebrity and how some stars exploit fame for sex. His come-on occurred over social media and the texts were leak and went viral online.
On the other hand, a year before that, Franco went to bat for “I Want Your Love,” a film about two gay men that was banned in Australia because of an explicit gay sex scene. Franco called the move “silly” and “hypocritical.”
So who knows where his sexuality lies? Even he admits it’s just as puzzling to him in a new interview with New York Magazine.
The discussion was prompted because he once said he was “a little bit gay in my work.”
He explained it this way:
“There is a bit of over focusing on my sexuality, both by the straight press and the gay press, and so the first question is ‘Why do they care?’ Well, because I’m a celebrity, so I guess they care who I’m having sex with. But if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cock tease. It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.”
Franco’s films resume includes a number of gay-themed pictures, including “Milk,” about San Francisco’s first gay council member. He’s currently starring in “King Cobra,” about a murder in the gay porn industry.
He also played gay poet Hart Crane in his NYU student film “The Broken Tower” and directed the film “Interior. Leather Bar,” about cruising gay bars.
He also published a poetry tome “Straight James/Gay James,” about his sexuality.
It seems he may be more than “just a little gay.”
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