Thursday, January 6, 2011

James Franco: Sweet Spot

Fave actor James Franco is getting plenty of Oscar razz-matazz for his gruesome leading role in "127 Hours," but it's his comfort with gay roles that makes me love him... in addition to the fact that he's smart as shit, handsome as Cary Grant and got his break-out role playing my hero James Dean in a flawless Golden Globe-winning performance.

In an EW cover story this week, he drops some wisdom about playing gay as Harvey Milk's lover Scott Smith in "Milk," as gay poet Allen Ginsberg in "Howl" and as a homo in indie "Blind Spot: "I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ’60s and ’70s, a gay man depicted in the ‘50s, and one in the ‘20s. Those were periods when to be gay in public was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition... Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.” Har, har.