September 10th, 2010
12:23 PM ET
Sure he’s played a few gay characters, but don’t get it twisted: James Franco says he’s straight, and if he wasn’t he’d admit it.
“Everyone thinks I’m a stoner, and some people think I’m gay because I’ve played these gay roles,” Franco told The Advocate. "That’s what people think, but it’s not true. I don’t smoke pot. I’m not gay…”
The actor sat down with the publication for an interview appearing in the October issue to discuss his role as iconic gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the soon-to-be-released biopic “Howl.”
Franco said he’s attracted to roles as gay characters because he finds them scarce and more challenging.
“In this history of cinema, there are so many heterosexual love stories,” Franco said. “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.”
Deciding to portray Ginsberg was a more popular idea than one of his other high-profile roles, Franco said.
“You want to know what my agents did try to talk me out of?” he said. “'General Hospital.’ They didn’t think me acting in a soap opera was the greatest idea. But they know that I’ve always wanted to do a movie about the Beats, so no one tried to stop me from playing Allen Ginsberg.”
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