How often do you see James Franco”, “gay’ and “leather bar” in a sentence? Well, this year, it’s been pretty often.
Though formerly known as 40 Minutes, the multi-tasking multi-hyphenate has been steadily publicizing Interior. Leather Bar., his homage to William Friedkin’s Cruising, for the past few months and finally there’s an official trailer to salivate over.
Be forewarned, there are slight flashes of man-butt. Not that that’s a deterrent, or anything.
A bit more about Interior. Leather Bar.:
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, Cruising. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage.
Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and “off camera,” as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, Interior. Leather Bar. defies easy categorization.