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James Franco Addresses His Sexuality: 'I'm Gay In My Art & Straight In My Life'

James Franco Addresses His Sexuality: 'I'm Gay In My Art & Straight In My Life'

James Franco gives a sexy stare on the cover of FourTwoNine magazine’s latest issue.

In the magazine, the 36-year-old actor interviewed himself and is represented by “gay” James and “straight” James.

“Straight” James asked himself, “Are you f–king gay or what?,” to which “gay” James replied, “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.”

“Straight” James also added, “I really don’t care what people think about my sexuality, and it’s also none of their business. So I really don’t choose to identify with my public persona. I am not interested in most straight male-bonding rituals, but I am also kept from being fully embraced by the gay community because I don’t think anyone truly believes I have gay sex.”

Also pictured inside: James filming In Dubious Battle alongside Bryan Cranston in Bostwick, Georgia on Wednesday (March 18).

For more from James, visit dot429.com.

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  • Scarlett

    I’m feeling like we’ve hit peak Franco saturation. I just want him to be quiet and go away for a while. I dont hate him or his work but I need a break from him. Go paint quietly in a corner for a while and don’t eat the paste…

  • csscq

    He’s annoying, always looking for attention, seeking more and more media attention. He’s clearly struggling with his sexuality, which is okay, but I think it’s time he moves on and accepts it.

  • SuperWittySmitty

    Good for him: it’s no one’s business. Let him do his thing and if you don’t care for it, there’s plenty else out there. Who cares what actors do, it’s the characters they portray on screen that we should be concerned about.

  • VanityInsecurity

    in other words.. he’s bisexual :)

  • kendalmintcake

    He’s completely straight; just uses the gay community for financial gain.

  • Benny Ehud

    That’s gay

  • csscq

    Exactly. By using the straight and gay thing he means that he’s in between.

  • csscq

    He’s the one that has been milking that forever, more than the media. Don’t act like a hypocrite, he’s always looking for people to talk about his sexuality. He wants people to discuss it, just like he enjoys it.

  • csscq

    He gains money and he also is part of that community. he gains what he wants to gain, he’s selfish.

  • HH

    One word and it’s made up of 5 letters……M-O-R-O-N! (actually could use some others but I think I need to keep it simple.)

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Are pedophiles straight or gay? Cuz that’s what HE is. He had sex with underage Lohan and was hitting on little girls when he was in of Mice and Men on bwy.
    The guy should be in prison.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    While he scores with underage girls

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    no, he’s a pedophile

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    No it means he wants a big audience and knows there’s a gay agenda.
    Plus it hides his lust for underage girls

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Why are you reading the article then, Spanky?

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Wiz of Odd i’d say

  • xxx.AIDS.xxx

    You are nuts. His perfect match. How can you defend this?

  • xxx.AIDS.xxx

    Another worthless nobody case turned famous

  • xxx.AIDS.xxx

    Mentally ill people arent retards either

  • xxx.AIDS.xxx

    Wtf are you talking about?

  • suk bin

    et pour plus qu’on l’accuse d’etre un pédophile …

  • csscq

    Really?

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Yes. BOTH these stories were all over the news last year.

  • SuperWittySmitty

    Cause I was interested in what he had to say. I don’t care about his sexuality, but I think this fascination over the private lives of celebrities is interesting. Amazing how people pass judgement with so little real knowledge about who people really are. I admire how he doesn’t care and just concerns himself with enjoying life.

  • csscq

    No I mean, really doing something to underage girls? there is a difference.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Yeah. Enjoying life to him is having sex with underage girls.
    He’s a dirt bag.

  • Tim

    People need to stop throwing the word “pedophile” around so loosely, and instead look up its definition in some medical sources. Pedophilia is about prepubescent children. If the sexual attraction is to post-pubescent people, it isn’t pedophilia. If pedophilia were based on age of consent and/or age of majority, it would mean that an 18-year-old guy is a pedophile for being sexually attracted to his 17-year-old girlfriend, which is ridiculous. It would also mean that a person is a pedophile (and therefore has a mental disorder) in one state or country, but not in another state or country, since the age of consent and/or age of majority varies. For example, in some parts of the world, a person is not an adult until age 20.

  • disqus_2u2D311nt0

    why am I not surprised

  • Tim

    Learn what the actual definition of pedophilia is first.

  • vn_102

    Looks like James will grow old to be creepy pedophiles, it was creepy now and it would be creepier when he turned forty or fifty something and still hiting on teenager.

  • Me

    Why cant he just say he’s bisexual? Gay up until the point of intercourse makes no sense. He’s a tool

  • csscq

    ‘Cause he doesn’t have the balls to admit it.

  • Mirela Muhić

    When I read comments on news about celebrities I am always trying to figure out how can this person be so famous, when people hate him so much. Most of the comments are always negative and disrespectful. Who cares what Franco’s sexual orientation is, he is an amazingly talented guy, a writer, director and actor and it is such a shame that he went after success by doing these stupid movies with Seth Rogen. Watching him in Spring Breakers, he has clearly so much potential as an actor and by winning a Golden Bear in Berlin, the second biggest art Film Festival, he is clearly a talented director too, so he shouldn’t sink to the level of empty Hollywood entertainment and Hollywood Blockbusters. And this whole sexuality stories are just distracting from his talent, so who cares.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    So in other words…YOU’RE an active member of NAMBLA

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    How many under age kids are you stalking, clown face?

  • Robbe Sebesta

    Omg that’s so funny!

  • Hollywood22

    Oh, he seems very accepting of his sexuality and it seems HE’S not the one that needs to move on. It’s the public, the media, and people who are bold enough to think he’s the one that needs to move on.

  • Hollywood22

    He’s actually very intelligent.

  • JC

    Hmm… you can’t go posting personal & intimate pictures of yourself all over the internet one minute then throw out the “my life is nobody’s business” the next.

  • Gina

    He gay.

  • Tim

    No, in other words, I know what science is and what idiocy is; you are displaying the latter. Unlike you, I am well versed in psychology and sexology; so I know what I am talking about on this matter. Pedophilia is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction to (or simply sexual preference for) prepubescent children. Actual pedophiles generally do not find secondary sexual characteristics sexually appealing, and a 15-year-old usually has those. And many 15-year-olds, especially girls, are post-pubescent (meaning they have achieved an adult body). So 16 and 17-year-olds are very likely to be post-pubescent. It does not usually take until age 18 for a person to achieve an adult body. If it does take a person that long, that person likely has a serious medical condition.

    Pedophilia is not defined by law; you are confusing pedophilia with child sexual abuse and statutory rape. Like I stated, if it were defined by law, then it would mean that people are pedophiles in one state or country but not in another state or country since the age of consent and age of majority vary from state to state and from country to country; it would be like stating that a person has a mental disorder in one state or country but not in another state or country, which is absurd. It would also mean that the United States condones pedophilia since the age of consent in most of its states is age 16. It would also mean that an 18-year-old guy is a pedophile for having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend, which is silly. Furthermore, since 16-year-olds can be diagnosed as pedophiles by the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM), because 16-year-olds are commonly post-pubescent and have something seriously wrong with them if they find a prepubescent child sexually attractive, how does your definition work out? If you have been going by dictionary sources for what pedophilia means, those are not the right sources for defining a mental disorder. You should be looking at medical sources, or at least good encyclopedia sources, for what this thing is. The following sources are clear on what pedophilia actually is:

    1. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/448575/pedophilia

    2. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/articles/psychopathology-and-personality-traits-pedophiles

    3. https://books.google.com/books?id=7Eu7smWHX3YC&pg=PA793 (“The Handbook of Forensic Psychology,” 2006, page 793).

    4. https://books.google.com/books?id=ZItnAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT311 (“Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice,” 2010, page 311)

    5. https://books.google.com/books?id=zjXn3zA7HFcC&pg=PA557 (“International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research,” 2011, pages 557-558).

    6. https://books.google.com/books?id=gJJIF_nlO10C&pg=PT119 (“Neuroimaging in Forensic Psychiatry: From the Clinic to the Courtroom,” 2012, page 119)

    So, yes, you don’t know what pedophilia is and are using the term loosely, like the vast majority of society does. Like the ”Encyclopedia Britannica” source I listed above is clear about, the terms you might actually be looking for are “hebephilia” or “ephebophilia” (though those terms, especially ephebophilia, are sometimes defined differently than the definitions that the ”Encyclopedia Britannica” source gives). Either way, there is no proof that James Franco is a pedophile, hebephile or ephebophile.

  • Tim

    I already replied to your idiocy above. People who can’t take the time to educate themselves when they have the means to do so are pathetic.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    WOW. In other words you are so into pedophilia you have to parse the definition.
    Wowee.
    You need to be traced and arrested

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    How many pre teens have you abused, Sparky?

  • Tim

    Sigh. A person being well-educated in psychology and sexology and trying to inform you of how you are being ignorant means that the person is a child sexual abuser or a statutory rapist? Not in this case. If I were one, it is unlikely that I would call the matter child sexual abuse, as I have been doing. It is unlikely that I would use the words “mental disorder,” as I have been doing. Actual child sexual abusers and pedophiles often do not think that they are sexually abusing the children, or they don’t like facing the fact that they have sexually abused a child, and often think that they are mentally normal even though they are not. I’m done replying to you, since it’s a waste of time. Clearly, when someone corrects you on matters, you reply with repulsive insults. So “smart” of you. You clearly don’t live up to your username.

  • Tim

    WOW. In other words, you are so uneducated on these topics, you let your idiocy prevail instead of looking to high-quality sources to educate yourself. A person being well-educated in psychology and sexology and trying to inform you of how you are being ignorant means that the person is a child sexual abuser or a statutory rapist? Not in this case. If I were
    one, it is unlikely that I would call the matter child sexual abuse, as I have been doing. It is unlikely that I would use the words “mental disorder,” as I have been doing. Actual child sexual abusers and pedophiles often do not think that they are sexually abusing the children, or they don’t like facing the fact that they have sexually abused a child, and often think that they are mentally normal even though they are not. I’m done replying to you, since it’s a waste of time. Clearly, when someone corrects you on matters, you reply with repulsive insults. So “smart” of you. You clearly don’t live up to your username.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Sigh..some well educated clown. Most of your posts are about violent nudity laden video games.
    How many under aged kids have you abused so fat?
    FAIL

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Whatever my IQ may be, I am content with the knowledge that yours is 30 points lower. I also don’t have the record of abusing underage children that you have Sparky. So i have at least two things going for me. You on the other hand are depraved.
    FAIL.

  • Tim

    To everyone else, I urge you do not be an ignorant, uneducated person like TheTruthAsIKnowIt. Inform yourself on matters when you can, looking through high-quality sources. And most importantly, do not sport a username that completely contradicts your intelligence level.

    And for anyone wanting to know what most of my posts as “Tim” are about, they can click on my username. Unlike TheTruthAsIKnowIt, they will actually be able to comprehend that most of those posts are about television series (“Spartacus,” “The 100″ and “Vikings”) because I recently started using this account a lot more. They are not mostly about “violent nudity laden video games.” In fact, they are not about video games at all. It seems that because of my obvious knowledge on psychology and sexology, TheTruthAsIKnowIt was expecting my posts to be mainly about psychology and sexology. Oh well. I don’t spend most of my free time studying and educating people, especially when they don’t want to be educated. It’s interesting seeing how people like TheTruthAsIKnowIt can’t accept being corrected, and immediately resort to insults because they don’t have anything substantial or validly worthwhile to state. It’s also interesting how people automatically think they know your sex/gender because of a username — in this case, Tim. LOL. Or because some of the shows you watch are stereotypically for the male demographic. Hmm, I don’t think “The 100″ is stereotypically for the male demographic, though.

  • Tim

    To everyone else, I urge you do not be an ignorant, uneducated person like TheTruthAsIKnowIt. Inform yourself on matters when you can, looking through high-quality sources. And most importantly, do not sport a username that completely contradicts your intelligence level.

    It’s interesting seeing how people like TheTruthAsIKnowIt can’t accept being corrected, and immediately resort to insults because they don’t have anything substantial or validly worthwhile to state. It’s also interesting how people automatically think they know your sex/gender because of a username — in this case, Tim. LOL. Or because some of the shows you watch are stereotypically for the male demographic. Hmm, I don’t think “The 100″ is stereotypically for the male demographic, though.

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