James Franco Says He’s Gay in His Art and Straight in His Life: Well, He’s Certainly Cool


Actor director producer James Franco has addressed his sexuality in a new interview with FourTwoNine magazine. In it, Franco talks about his sexuality as it relates to his art, and as it relates to his life — with a quite interesting take on it, I might add.

Funnily too, James Franco decided to ‘interview himself’ for the FourTwoNine piece, as ‘Straight James’ and ‘Gay James’, but with no clear cut idea as to who is actually interviewing who.


Straight James, however, goes for the jugular almost immediately with one of his first questions by asking Gay James “OK, so, good place to start. Let’s get substantial: are you fucking gay or what?”

Which then leads Gay James into an explanation that might be a little odd for some, as Franco talks about being both gay and straight:

“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.”

Like I said, an interesting concept and, to some extent, he has a point, as I’ve always thought quite a few more people than might admit can actually relate to feeling both straight and gay depending on the circumstance, the person and where they are in their lives at that point.

Plus, like Franco says further on in the interview, he loves that people are confused by him, thinking he might be gay as he enjoys 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.”

You can read the entire ‘interview’ with James Franco at FourTwoNine. And, while Franco does have a tendency to be somewhat pretentious occasionally, it’s still well worth a few minutes of your time as he does have some thought-provoking things to say. Nice photos too.



Michelle Topham