James Franco Finally Admits He’s “A Gay Cock Tease”

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James Franco laments his fame and how it hinders his art in a new interview with New York magazine, where he also discusses his ambiguous sexuality for the umpteenth time.

“There is a bit of overfocusing on my sexuality, both by the straight press and the gay press, and so the first question is why do they care?” he asked.

He continued: “Well, because I’m a celebrity, so I guess they care who I’m having sex with. But if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cock tease. It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.”

Franco has a very long history of claiming he’s gay-ish in one way or another, and even published a book of poems focusing on his dual sexuality, called Straight James/Gay James.

Last month, he told Rolling Stone that exploring sexuality is his duty as an artist, and that he considers himself “gay in my art and straight in my real life.”

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James’ sexuality is only one of the topics discussed in the interview, which presents James as an artist before an actor, and with that, an artist being held down by his previous work and the public’s predisposed opinions about what to expect from him.

Asked about his foray into what he calls “the art world,” James said:

“I know just from my own reaction to celebrities doing certain things — that it’s so fucking annoying, and it is repellent in a lot of ways, and it’s just gross a lot of times. But I’ve done everything that I can to respect these professions that I’m interested in. I’ve gone to all these schools. I went to the art school that so many of my favorite artists have gone to. But when an actor goes into music, when an actor writes a book, when an actor goes into the art world — before it even is made, people are considering it bad.”

“[Art is] the freedom of making something that doesn’t need to entertain, that isn’t going to be tallied up in the box-office tolls,” he said. “And it’s something that, frankly, I’ve done longer than I’ve been making films.”

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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