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James Franco Talks About Gay Sex (Again) And New Film, “Interior, Leather Bar.”

Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 4.07.25 PMEntertainment Weekly caught up with James Franco to ask him some questions about his and co-creator Travis Mathews’ new Sundance entry, Interior, Leather Bar.

The controversial film is a re-imagining of what was filmed during a 40-minute sequence allegedly cut from William Friedkin’s Cruising. When it was released in 1980, Cruising raised the ire of the LGBT community, which objected to be depicted as sex-crazed perverts.

What else prompted you to jump into doing a movie about this community, the gay S&M scene? Travis Mathews’ own movies focus on gay men.
I felt it was really hard to find people engaging with this material in an exciting way. There was a lot there that was still kind of censored. Not [just] censored by a ratings board, and it has been, but also by economics, that no one is going to make these movies and distribute them in certain places. I wanted to engage in that without holding back, and find a way in. It was a gradual process to find what the way in would be. Along the way I was introduced to Travis and Travis’

"Interior. Leather. Bar"

“Interior. Leather. Bar”

work, and very quickly realized that the project would be served by having an equal collaborator, someone who had more experience than me in this sort of material. In some ways, he was my guide.

In the Interior. Leather Bar. clip we’re premiering on EW.com, you flinch at the beginning, watching a heavy-duty S&M scenario. Had you seen any porn being filmed, in person, before Interior. Leather Bar. and kink?
I actually had seen some before. Before I did Interior. Leather Bar., I had seen some porn being shot at the kink.com facility in San Francisco. And when preparing for a role I did a long time ago called Sonny [in 2002], in which I played a male prostitute, I observed a guy prostitute on a date and he took me along and let me watch. I was probably 22. If I was flinching, it probably had something to do with the BDSM. There’s a guy named Master Avery, and he was spanking some other guys with a paddle. He was doing it a lot, so one of the guy’s asses got really bruised. So I was probably reacting to that.

You play a hybrid role in Interior. Leather Bar. as actor, observer and director, but you’re always observing the sex, never participating in it yourself. Which would definitely grab people’s attention if you did!
I play a dual role in this project. I co-directed and designed it with Travis, but I’m also in front of the camera, and my presence in front of the camera is an important component of the movie. Maybe the sequel, I engage in the sex. It wasn’t my job to do that in this piece. In some ways, that would put too much focus on myself, I think, the focus I was actually having sex in front of a camera. That would take all the attention. It’s about me and it’s not about me. It’s about me lending my history and my place in movies to a project that may otherwise not get the same amount of attention. It’s enough for me to be the observer in this. real sex.

To see an exclusive NSFW trailer from Interior, Leather Bar, visit EW.com

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 15, 2013
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  • 15 Comments
    • redcarpet
      redcarpet

      100 percent straight eh?

      Come on, he’s had to have been fucked by a dude at least once. Ain’t no shame in admitting some level of bisexuality, even if it’s only a 90/10 split. Especially in this day and age.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Katbox
      Katbox

      I DON”T UNDERSTAND THIS MOVIE!!!
      Is it a documentary about re-imagining the 40 minutes of the original movie that were cut? or one of the 40-minutes….?

      Jan 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M
      M

      @redcarpet:

      Of course he’s messed with a dude as far as I’m concerned.

      He might as well go ahead and cop to it at this point.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      I need to work in entertainment law.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joincny
      Joincny

      I’m beginning to resent this guy,

      Jan 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cagnazzo82
      Cagnazzo82

      @redcarpet: One person you say, redcarpet?

      Lol, at this point how is it not painfully obvious that James Franco is gay? He’s practically reveling in it at this point.

      And we all love him for it. (Although this movie is somewhat on the ‘weird’ end of the spectrum).

      His brother is quite substantially hot as well btw.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BritAus
      BritAus

      Why’s that Joincny ???

      Jan 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stfallon1028
      stfallon1028

      In a world full of transparent celebrities, James Franco after all these years still seems impossible to figure out. He’s either a visionary genius or a complete imbecile whose mind has been destroyed by weed.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • demetreus
      demetreus

      Justice would be served if everyone in the gay community decided NOT to see this waste of film and didn’t report anything about it.

      At a time where we are proving that we are normal like everyone else, he goes and makes a film showing a man licking someone’s boot while being spanked.

      And has the AUDACITY to make faces during the filming as if he was shocked.

      James Franco needs another hobby.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 2:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BritAus
      BritAus

      Speak for yourself demetreus … Normal = Dull and fuckin’ boring … I for one am glad I’m different. And the same goes for my gay friends and even some of my straight ones.
      This is an art house film. Straight film makers have been doing the same for decades but no one cries “That’s making out us hetros aren’t normal !!!”
      It’s art. Get a grip.

      If you want mainstream, you can always watch Titanic again – YAWN !

      Jan 16, 2013 at 2:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • demetreus
      demetreus

      @BritAus: Telling me to speak for my self, while you are speaking for yourself, your gay friends and even some of your straight ones..

      NOT DULL AT ALL

      So brave of you.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 3:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • demetreus
      demetreus

      @BritAus: And you need to get a GRIP, if you watched the N-S-F-W trailer to this piece of trash film, and thought it was ART. You are reaching for something, that isn’t there…

      Maybe you need to watch Titanic again.

      And use a tick-tack in your mouth the next time you “YAWN”.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 3:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • doug105
      doug105

      @demetreus: Then don’t see it I doubt I will, you however are sounding much like one of the losers at One Million Moms.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 4:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aidan8
      Aidan8

      @demetreus: At a time when we’re proving we’re normal like everyone else? The documentary, Kink, is about the company that produces S&M/BDSM porn and, more broadly, about the “fetish community”. Fetish, BDSM, S&M, etc., are not the exclusive province of LGBTs. What is the “normal” you say we’re trying to prove?

      Jan 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      The type of promiscuity you saw in Cruising was exactly the type of thing that led to AIDS. No wonder the gay community didn’t want it to go to air. It exposed the depravity of the male-male social scene. Still happens.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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