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James Franco Is Not On A Gay “Mission” — He Just Has A Lot Of Homosexual Heroes

James Franco discussing Harvey Milk

It’s not like it’s my mission to tell the stories of as many gay men as possible, although in some cases, I think it is the point. In Milk, the point is to show one of the great fighters for equal rights for the gay community, so I was happy to do that. With characters like Allen Ginsberg [in Howl], my love for him started with his work when I was a teenager. So his sexuality is secondary to me. It’s an important aspect of who he was and his character, but it wasn’t like, ‘Yes, I want to play another gay role,’ it was more, ‘Yes, I’d love to play another one of my heroes.'”…

“Once I choose a subject, if that’s part of who they are and their character, I’m not going to shy away from portraying that. And of course I’m for equal rights and will do whatever I can do to help make that happen. But I feel like because I’ve done more gay characters, gay scenes, or gay projects than most straight actors, people see it as some sort of mission. It’s more of a case-by-case basis, and just trying to capture figures that I love. I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay.”

Frequent gay baiter James Franco on his fascination with queer filmmaking and roles, via The Daily Beast.

By:          Damien Basile
On:           Nov 6, 2013
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    • hephaestion

      James Franco is wonderful.
      But really, Queerty: Why did you add “frequent gay baitor James Franco” at the end? WTF?

      Nov 6, 2013 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stranded

      the older Franco gets the more he looks like John Leguizamo…and that ain’t no compliment.

      Nov 7, 2013 at 2:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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