Is he the world’s most gay-friendly straight man or the world’s most straight-friendly gay man?
Either way, James Franco is going to keep things murky just to drive us cuckoo-crazy over it.
Says ew.com, “Unlike the loud denials from some stars and even louder silences from others, the response from the 127 Hours star (who, for the record, has been in a years-long relationship with actress Ahna O’Reilly) is actually pretty nuanced.”
As Franco told EW: “It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white.
” ‘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,” he adds.
“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. 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.”
Woo hoo! Well, in that case, just tell us, Jimmy! That would be the normative thing to do!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 6, 2011