Now, we all know that I’ve been tracking the gayness of James Franco for what feels like ever and ever. I even thought he was going to be the big celebrity coming out. (Sure, it turned out to be Chely Wright, but, still, I had some great arguments.)
But, now, in a new interview James Franco, while saying he would be happy to play 100 gay roles, is also finally speaking out about his sexuality, which, you’ll recall his publicist recently stopped him from doing during a Q&A following a screening of his documentary Saturday Night. And, much to my surprise, in this new interview Franco says he’s not gay. But you know what? His proclamation sounds a whole lot like what the meaning of “is” is.
Sure, I might be pressing just a bit here, but let’s take a look at this sentence for a moment, since Franco is a writer and, apparently, doesn’t seem to mind playing all kinds of fun games. Speaking about the possibility that he might be typecast after having played so many gay characters, the actor told the Independent that “the worst downside, and I don’t consider this a downside, the worst thing that anybody could say is that I was gay and if somebody said that I guess they would be wrong, but I also wouldn’t care and as far as being typecast, that’s not the case, nonetheless I would be happy to play 100 gay roles as long as they were always good parts.”
Let’s play some linguistics here. Franco says that “the worst thing that anybody could say is that I was gay and if somebody said that I guess they would be wrong.” Was gay. Not am gay. If Franco is gay, and someone said Franco was gay, well, then, technically, that person would be wrong. But let’s just say that Franco isn’t “is-ing” us. Let’s just say that. His words still leave room for the idea that he’s bisexual. If Franco is bisexual, and someone said he was gay, then I guess they’d be wrong.
Frankly, Franco’s playing with our sexuality as an art medium is getting tiresome. Whether he’s being dodgy because he doesn’t want to come out, or if he’s playing dodgy because it’s an artistic challenge for him, he needs to stop. We know that he gets that sexuality is too important to neglect, and that means that it’s also too important to exploit.
He has been dating actress Anha O’Reilly for several years, apparently.