James Franco Responds (Again) to Gay Jokes

9.13.2013

By Jesse Steinbach

The recent roastee doesn't feel the need to defend his sexuality

James Franco heard more than a few gay jokes during his Comedy Central Roast. The Daily Beast asked Franco's thoughts on the queer slurs delivered by Andy Samberg, Seth Rogan, and Sarah Silverman, among other comedians present at the show.

"I’m not necessarily up on the comedy world, so it’s interesting to see what’s acceptable as far as gay jokes and Indian jokes. They had to cut about 40–60 minutes of it," Franco said. “I was like, 'Great! Bring on the gay jokes!' because these aren’t insults at all. I don’t even care if people think I’m gay, so it was like, 'Awesome!' I mean, I wish I was … I wish I was gay."

Franco has been involved in a fair number of queer projects, from Milk to Howl to Interior: Leather Bar.  So, surprise surprise, the gay jokes came rushing in.

"Movies are a place where people can project things and identify with characters, and it’s the same thing with actors outside of their roles—and it’s been that way since Hollywood was around. That’s why there’s a lot of conjecture. That’s been one of my things, too. My relationship with my public image over the past four or five years has just become weirder and weirder, because I look at it and it’s me, and it’s not me, so if other people want to use that for their own purposes or needs, I’m fine with it."

We dig Franco's attitude. Positive, strong, and non-confrontational. Call him gay? He doesn't really care, he's acting.

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