James Franco Lashes Out About Oscars, Gay Rapist Rumor


We’ve teased James Franco to the breaking point! The Rise of the Planet of the Apes actor has had enough snarking, and he wanted the world to know: Franco knew the Oscars were going to bomb before the show even hit the air, especially the sight of James Franco dressed as Marilyn Monroe. “I was so pissed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something — they couldn’t blame that on me; I was in high heels,” Franco explains in his new Playboy interview, later adding, “I just didn’t want to fight anymore, even when they said, ‘You’ll come out as Marilyn Monroe. It’ll be funny.’ Me in drag is not funny.” Just admitting it is the most important step, James; it’s going to be okay. It’s all going to be okay.

There is something else that’s been stuck in the actor’s craw: a little rumor in 2008 that claimed James Franco is a gay rapist. “Then Gawker picked that up and did this ‘Gay Rapist’ story that was so f—ing offensive because I have friends who have been raped,” Franco rages, referring to a New York Post blind item that claims an A-list actor sexually assaulted, then paid off, his boyfriend. “My lawyer called them and said that it was completely untrue and to take it down. They said, ‘Well, we’re just reporting what the New York Post told us. If James wants to make a comment on our blog, we’re happy to report it.’ It was a choice. Either let this thing build and become bigger and bigger, or just let it go and let them be the petty scumbags that they are.” At least this explains why Franco always has that sleepy half-smirk on his face: he must be using every ounce of his strength not do constantly go ballistic on us gossip mongers.

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