January 6th, 2011
03:50 PM ET
He's played gay men in the movies "Milk," "Howl" and the upcoming "The Broken Tower," so it's not unexpected that there is constant speculation about James Franco's sexuality.
“It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white,” Franco, who is dating actress Ahna O'Reilly, tells Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.”
The 32-year-old "127 Hours" star – who is also planning a biopic about gay "Rebel Without a Cause" actor Sal Mineo — says the reason he has played so many homosexual characters is simple: They are great roles.
"There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys,” he explains. “I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the '60s and '70s, a gay man who we depicted in the '50s, and one being in the '20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition."
But Franco teases that he also might have another motive: "You know what, maybe I’m just gay.”
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