James Franco, Soap Operas and Lots of Layers
By Nick Stergiopoulos
We’ve been speculating about James Franco's sexuality for quite some time. Of course, you can’t blame us – from his roles in Milk and Howl to his
Out cover to his ridiculously homoerotic short film, The Feast of Stephen, our
suspicions are clearly justified.
And now, there’s even more to add to that ever-growing list!
I attended the Cannes Film Festival in May and was able to
see Franco’s newest short film, “The Clerk’s Tale,” which closed Critics Week. In line with his other shorts, it was an adaptation of a gay-themed poem, this
time by Spencer Reece. Franco’s engaging film, shot with hand-held cameras in a
cinema verite style, captures the essence of Reece’s work, a psychological
portrayal of an aging gay man trapped at a monotonous department store job. We
watch as Spencer (John Kelly) goes through his daily routine, folding ties, fitting
customers and listening to his coworker tell the same stupid joke over and over
again. In the end, he walks through an empty parking garage to his car, an image symbolic of his lonely existence.
Don’t worry James, we’ll come save you!
If that weren’t enough, Franco was recently spotted at LA
Pride with video artist Kalup Linzy and gave this random and
Adopting his new role as director, Franco spends the first half of the video awkwardly filming random gays on the street. He then offered
these cryptic words about his new project inspired by … soap operas?:
“I thought it would be interesting if I took a real artist
that was inspired by soaps... and then you were in a real soap opera doing their
own version of contemporary art.”