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James Franco explains his obsession with gay culture to Rolling Stone

James Franco explains his obsession with gay culture to Rolling Stone

Hollywood heartthrob James Franco has revealed what makes him obsessed with telling gay stories and playing gay roles and how the gay rumors that fly around him as a result are actually helpful when he’s dating women in a long form interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

The interview explores what it calls Franco’s ‘artistic preoccupation’ with homosexuality both in the films he makes himself and the roles he chooses to play in other people’s projects.

Franco reveals that his interest in the area actually began when he was studying at university.

‘When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favorites was on queer cinema,’ Franco told Rolling Stone.

‘We’ve told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere. I think it’s healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That’s what an artist should do.’

Franco also talks about his love life in the interview, revealing that he hasn’t been in a live-in relationship since his girlfriend actress Ahna O’Reilly broke up with him for working too much.

Franco says the gay rumors about him are actually a kind of ‘shield’ for him when he is dating women.

‘One of the nice things about all that speculation … is that it’s a smokescreen,’ he told the magazine.

Franco has explored LGBTI narratives in at least three of the films he has directed himself – his film ‘Sal’ about the 1976 death of openly gay Rebel Without A Cause actor Sal Mineo, the short film ‘Interior, Leather Bar.’ and his 2011 film about American poet Hart Crane, ‘The Broken Tower.’

Franco has also depicted biographical gay characters on screen in the films I Am Michael, Howl and Milk and was comfortable poking fun at his penchant for taking on gay roles in his friend Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic comedy film This Is The End.