He played Harvey Milk’s lover in “Milk.”
He’s producing a film called “Michael.” “It’s about a gay rights activist,” he told the New York Times. “He decided to be straight and turned on his lover.”
And, as per a recent Times piece, he lives with a man: Scott Haze, his frequent collaborator. “They are now so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice,” the Times said.
Yet, we in the media still cannot say that James Franco is gay — and Franco is not happy with our speculation.
When Gawker ran a piece wondering whether the Times had subtly outed Franco by discussing his intimacy with Haze, Franco responded with the above Instagram post, calling the publication “homophobic” and — sarcastically? — calling Haze his “live-in boyfriend.”
We get it: An actor’s interest in gay roles and gay-themed material doesn’t mean he is gay.
“In this history of cinema, there are so many heterosexual love stories,” Franco told EW. “It’s more interesting to me to play roles and relationships that haven’t been portrayed as often.”
“Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition,” he told the Huffington Post. “Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”
We get it: It doesn’t matter whether Franco is gay or not.
“I don’t even care if people think I’m gay, so it was like, ‘Awesome!’ I mean, I wish I was … I wish I was gay,” he told the Daily Beast.
We get it: We will not know whether Franco is gay until he decides he wants to tell us.