Lustralboy's favorite Hollywood actor, filmmaker, artist, and author is hardly new to speculation about his sexuality. Now he finds himself back in the hot seat due to the premiere of the Sundance entry "Interior. Leather Bar."
The film, directed by Travis Mathews, is heavy on gay sex scenes (SEE Related Stories). The picture is a "re-imagining" of an explicit scene rumored to have been cut from the 1980 film "Cruising." So Franco's interview with MTV is, if nothing else, timely!
Asked if he was "caught off guard" by audiences' preoccupation with his sexuality, he replied that, in fact, the rumour machine had kicked in as early as high school.
“In high school these girls got mad at me and so they spread this rumor that I was having a gay relationship with one of my closest friends,” Franco said. “And they even made up a little dance they would do in the girl’s locker room about me being gay. I still don’t know what the dance was.”
Happily, this seems to have had little impact on the movie star. "It wasn’t something that frightened me, like if people think that, it’s fine. I really don’t care," he said.
The focus on his current projects, particularly "Interior. Leather Bar" as well as Franco's documentary about the world's largest producer of BDSM pornography, surely means that those gay rumours will be with us for a while. And if the press hysteria that followed Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech is an indication, so will the world's obsession with our celebrities' sexual identity.
Lustralboy admires James Franco for his familiar disarming directness as well as his thespian talents, particularly unforgettable in "127 Hours." If he has something to share, he'll do it when it suits him. And that's fine by us.
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