FourTwoNine enlists actor and artist James Franco for its latest cover story. Suggesting that Franco interviews himself, the magazine reveals dialogue between the self-defined personalities of the public persona (straight James Franco) and the artist (gay James Franco).
James Franco on If He’s Gay
Straight James: OK, so, good place to start. Let’s get substantial: are you fucking gay or what?
Gay James: Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay. I wrote a little poem about it.
James Franco on People Questioning His Sexuality
Gay James: What do you mean? You want to be able to go around screwing other people’s wives by pretending to be gay?
Straight James: No. I guess I mean that I like my queer public persona. I like that it’s so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as theyare confused, I get time to play.
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