James Franco Wades Further Into the Gay End

4.29.2009

By Jessanne Collins


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He's already posed for the cover of Out, sported a Milk mustache, and enrolled in a creative writing MFA program. Is there anything "relaxed heterosexual" James Franco can do to get even more gay? Yes, yes there is. For his film classes at NYU, Franco's taken to churning out projects based on gay poetry, namely "The Feast of Stephen” by Anthony Hecht and
“Herbert White” by Frank Bidart. Of the latter, he tells New York magazine, “What struck me is that it’s a kind of a confessional poem, or a
dramatic monologue. It’s as if the poet is using this crazy man as a
mask to express certain feelings and go to an extreme place where those
feelings could be felt.” Oh, and did we mention he's going to play the role of Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein's (The Times of Harvey Milk) upcoming Howl? Somebody give this guy an honorary degree already.

--JESSANNE COLLINS

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