James Franco is one of those actors who is constantly plagued with the is-he-or-isn’t-he gay rumors. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s played gay men – and directed movies about gay men. But no, he’s not gay. In fact, he’s had the same girlfriend (actress Ahna O’Reilly) for five years!
He opened up to The Advocate about his sexuality:
In addition to the two gay-themed poems he adapted for student films (Frank BidartÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅHerbert WhiteÃ¢â¬Â being the other), Franco portrayed a 17-year-old swimmer dating an older man in the gay indie film Blind Spot and Harvey MilkÃ¢â¬â¢s lover in Milk. He also French-kissed Will Forte on Saturday Night Live, took a queer studies course at NYU, and created performance art pieces about gender and sexual confusion. And then thereÃ¢â¬â¢s FrancoÃ¢â¬â¢s first solo art show this past summer in New York City; it featured video monologues with lines like Ã¢â¬ÅWeÃ¢â¬â¢re all gender-f**kedÃ¢â¬âweÃ¢â¬â¢re all something in between, floating like angels.Ã¢â¬Â
And now, just in case Franco hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t confounded us enough (and blown the lid off the conventional thinking about how many gay projects an A-list actor can tackle withoutÃÂ imploding), heÃ¢â¬â¢s taking on arguably his most challenging role yet: iconic gay poet Allen Ginsberg, a man who discovered within himself Ã¢â¬Åmountains of homosexuality.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅIf you were gay or bisexual, would you tell me?Ã¢â¬Â I ask him. Ã¢â¬ÅAre we at a point where someone like yourself could matter-of-factly come out without the world stopping for a day or two?Ã¢â¬Â
He smiles and glances out the window. One of the college students shuffles closer. Ã¢â¬ÅSure, IÃ¢â¬â¢d tell you if I was,Ã¢â¬Â he says. Ã¢â¬ÅI guess the reason I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t is because IÃ¢â¬â¢d be worried that it would hurt my career. I suppose thatÃ¢â¬â¢s the reason one wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t do that, right? But no, that wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be something that would deter me. IÃ¢â¬â¢m going to do projects that I want to do. Everyone thinks IÃ¢â¬â¢m a stoner, and some people think IÃ¢â¬â¢m gay because IÃ¢â¬â¢ve played these gay roles. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s what people think, but itÃ¢â¬â¢s not true. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t smoke pot. IÃ¢â¬â¢m not gay. But on another level, thereÃ¢â¬â¢s something in me that is able to play roles like that in a way thatÃ¢â¬â¢s convincing.Ã¢â¬Â
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