James Franco's sexuality is often a source of speculation, often prompted by the characters the actor portrays on film, like Allen Ginsberg in "Howl," activist Scott Smith in "Milk," poet Hart Crane in the just-wrapped "Broken Tower." Franco tells Entertainment Weekly this week that he's not drawn to characters specifically because of their sexuality.
"There are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I'm interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So in some ways it's coincidental, in other ways it's not," Franco told the magazine. "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. Or, you know what, maybe I'm just gay."
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