James Franco has had a long fascination with queer art. After starring in 2008's Milk, he went on to star and direct in The Broken Tower, a biopic of gay 1920s poet Hart Crane, and followed that up with Interior. Leather Bar. - a film about a murderer who preys on NYC's gay community in the '70s.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Franco speaks about what draws him to create queer art, telling the magazine: "When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favorites was on queer cinema. 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, being one to blur the line between life and art on a regular basis, has also published a book called Straight James / Gay James, in which he "explores the facets of his public and private personas".
The book "contains an interview of 'Gay James' conducted by 'Straight James'," in which 'Gay James' asks the question "are you gay or what"?
This is a question that Gawker has been on a mission to confirm for years, to the point that Franco responded via magazine article, saying "I'm gay in my art and straight in my life," but also stating that he's also "gay in [his] life up to the point of intercourse".
And there you have it.