James Franco “wishes” he was gay.
The This Is the End actor was targeted as part of the Comedy Central Roast series, where celebrities make jokes about one another. James’ friends and fellow actors Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill were two of the comedians who took to the stage during the show.
One theme which kept arising surrounded the heartthrob’s sexuality after he took on gay roles in films such as Milk and Howl. Rather than take offence, James was pleased by the remarks and admits he wishes he could make them a reality.
“There’s two sides to what happened in the roast. If that’s what they were going to make fun of me for, I was like, ‘Great! Bring on the gay jokes!’ because these aren’t insults at all,” he told thedailybeast.com. “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.”
James believes it is common for others to judge celebrities from what they see on the outside. As long as there are films for the public to watch he thinks it will be a constant misunderstanding.
“As far as that larger phenomenon that you’re talking about that happens to other actors, part of it is that movies are a place where people can project things and identify with characters, and it’s the same thing with actors outside of their roles – and it’s been that way since Hollywood was around. That’s why there’s a lot of conjecture,” he added.
He also understands his own misconceptions come from his actions and career choices. Despite the assumption he is interested in men, the 35-year-old star is comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t mind other people thinking differently if it makes them feel better.
“That’s been one of my things, too. My relationship with my public image over the past four or five years has just become weirder and weirder, because I look at it and it’s me, and it’s not me, so if other people want to use that for their own purposes or needs, I’m fine with it,” he said.
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