Get ready to be disappointed/thrilled: according to James Franco, gay roles are an essential part of his successful acting career. They are not, however, a hint about his own love life. Apparently some people forgot that movies and reality are two different things, and had thought (ahem, hoped) that James Franco’s parts in Milk and the upcoming Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl were winky faces indicating James’s true sexual orientation. Sadly for some, gladly for others, Franco says, “Everyone thinks I’m a stoner, and some people think I’m gay because I’ve played these gay roles. That’s what people think, but it’s not true. I don’t smoke pot. I’m not gay…” Wait, you’re an actor, but you don’t date men or smoke pot? Jeez, Franco, bring a book.
James explained his attraction to same-sex scenes, saying, “In this history of cinema, there are so many heterosexual love stories. It’s so hammered, so done. It’s just not that interesting to me. It’s more interesting to me to play roles and relationships that haven’t been portrayed as often.” If Franco’s oeuvre is to be believed, the only groups that need their story told more than gay people are: weed-smokers who befriend Seth Rogen, evil super villains that fight Tobey MaGuire, and that guy at the end of The Wicker Man who probably gets killed by that lady cult. If anyone could make such different roles work, it would definitely be James Franco. And if he could play them all in one movie, we would definitely buy a ticket. [Photo: Getty Images]