Over the weekend, several comedians like Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman honored actor James Franco at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco. And while a few LGBT publications, like the Advocate, found the jokes in poor taste, Franco didn’t mind.
“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,” Franco said in an interview with the Daily Beast. “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.”
Franco has cultivated himself a large gay following by either starring or directing LGBT films like Milk, James Dean, Howl, Sal, and Interior. Leather Bar.
“I mean… we don’t have to go into it. But 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,” Franco added. “That’s why there’s a lot of conjecture. 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.”
Acting since 1999, Franco has ventured into directing, writing and producing with courses at the University of Southern California as well as the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2013, Franco has kept himself busy by directing As I Lay Dying, Child of God and Interior. Leather Bar while starring in Spring Breakers, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Iceman, Homefront, and Third Person.
During the roast, comedian Aziz blasted all the homophobic jokes of the comedy roast.
“So many gay jokes tonight… Apparently, if you’re clean, well-dressed and mildly cultured, you’re super gay now. Is that why the rest of you guys are so aggressively fat and dirty?”