Are James Franco and actor Scott Haze, who Franco directed in the new film Child of God, more than best buddies?
Reporter Jacob Bernstein points out in the piece that Franco and Haze ‘met about a decade ago when they were acting students in Los Angeles,’ are ‘so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice,’ and are ‘sharing an apartment in Brooklyn this summer.’
But the real evidence is this part of the article: ‘By now, it was 12:30 a.m. and Mr. Franco was clearly fading. An assistant pointed him and Mr. Haze to two waiting town cars. Mr. Franco expressed surprise, since they needed only one. “We live in the same place,” he said.’
Gawker concludes that the relationship is ‘somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic’ and uses it as the latest example of The Times being sent into a ‘moral panic’ when writing about closeted celebrities.
Franco got wind of Gawker’s take and responded on Instagram: ‘GAWKER – always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!’