From Tom Cruise to John Travolta to Jake Gyllenhaal, gay rumors are nothing new for Hollywood's leading men—and James Franco is no exception. Yet amid frantic denials and strategic avoidance by other stars, Franco's not shy about discussing his sexual preference—on-screen and off. So could he possibly be on the verge of a coming-out party? A recent EW interview left the possibility open as Franco managed to leave things mischieviously ambiguous yet again during a candid dish session on playing gay. John Travolta: A Gay Sex Addict?
"It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white," Franco mused to the 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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With a trilogy of gay characters to his credit (Milk, Howl, and the upcoming The Broken Tower) and a penchant for starring in soap operas, Franco's certainly no stranger to such gay speculation. Though the actor has publicly been in a 5-year relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly, he's still not afraid to get a little cheeky and toy with mass curiosity:
"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. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition," he told EW. "Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay."
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For her part, O’Reilly is pretty good-natured regarding the constant "Is he or isn't he?" chatter about her Oscar-contending other half. In September, she told The Advocate (via Zap2It), "If he does [secretly want to be gay], it’s news to me!"
We give Franco and O'Reilly props for being so straightforward and brazen about addressing the rumors. After all, it's not really anyone's business but theirs, but let's face it: there's no business like show business when it comes to living your life under a microscope. So we heart you, Franco—gay or straight!