Actor James Franco has once again explained his sexuality, saying he identifies as gay but only “up to the point of intercourse”.
The actor said in an interview with himself published in TwoFourNine magazine: “I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight… If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight.
“In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would f–k guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Franco revealed that his obsession with queer culture began when he was attending a class in critical studies at New York University. He especially liked queer cinema.
“We’ve told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere,” he said.
“I think it’s healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That’s what an artist should do.”
As well as numerous gay movie roles in films such as Milk, Wild Horses, Howl, and I am Michael (pictured), James also released a poetry book called Straight James/Gay James.
James’ next queer project is the upcoming drama film King Cobra, based on the 2007 murder of gay porn filmmaker Bryan Kocis.