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James Franco: "You Know What, Maybe I'm Just Gay"

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Jan. 5 2011, Published 12:16 p.m. ET

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James Franco is surrendering to the gay questions surrounding him by giving his fans a big "maybe."

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James may be dating actress Ahna O'Reilly, but he's still constantly asked whether he is gay.

“It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white,” James told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.”

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“There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys,” he explained. “And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I’m interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it’s coincidental, in other ways it’s not. I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ’60s and ’70s, a gay man who we depicted in the ‘50s, and one being in the ‘20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult."

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So which is it, James, coincidence or not?

"Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition," James said. "Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”

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