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James Franco Opens Up About His Roast And, Yes, All Those Gay Jokes

There's been a lot of debate over Comedy Central's James Franco roast, specifically because the actor (who's shown a fascination, if you will, with gay-centric material) was on the receiving end of a large number of gay jokes

We watched comedian Guy Branum roast the roasters over the weekend, but now we're finally hearing from the man himself. 

Franco spoke with The Daily Beast and gave his take on what went down. Here's an excerpt from that conversation:

Daily Beast: How was the roast, for you?

That whole thing was a shock to me because I didn’t know they were going to be roasting each other, and I do comedy mainly with Seth [Rogen] and that gang, but I’m not necessarily up on the comedy world, so it’s interesting to see what’s acceptable as far as gay jokes and Indian jokes. They had to cut about 40–60 minutes of it. But Jeff Ross was saying some crazy shit. They weren’t even funny, these jokes, they just gave me nightmares. He was referencing the Ohio kidnapper dude [Ariel Castro], abortion, it was just like … “oh god.”

Daily Beast: With the gay jokes, it seems like when an actor plays a gay character convincingly onscreen, whether it’s you in Milk or whoever, gay rumors seem to sprout up about that actor. And, of course, there were a lot of gay jokes directed at you during the roast, as well as in This Is the End.

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. 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.

Daily Beast: Why?

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. 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.


Things that popped out for us: James Franco wishes he were gay and "we don't have to go into it."


Daily Beast, it is your journalistic duty to go into it!! We demand that you go into it!!

What did you think of Franco's take on his roast, Instincters?


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I love this guy (no homo) f u public media.

I wish his brother Dave was gay! What a cutie! 

His take on it was a good one but I'm a fan of his work as far as his response
We don't need to go in to it says it all he did not want to go into it no big deal to me

Ha! - to the idiot who tried to "teach" everyone a lesson on correct grammar & punctuation!  Not only should you have said *focused (as in literature-focused), but you also forgot to include "be (as in "needs to be spent on").

See what happens when you're a know-it-all...without proofreading your sh*t?  You then look like the nitpick-y b*tch you are.

I have to agree with the whole who is gay and who isn't argument. But please learn the correct wording when you are writing. Weather is rain, snow, sun, etc. You want the word "whether" instead. Unfortunately for our society, the school system doesn't teach English in English classes. They are more literature focus. Read this and get what I want you to get out of it. More time needs to spent on actual grammar as well as spelling.

Harassing people about being gay or not is just getting old and sick...if you fantasize about someone and wish they were gay talking about it does not make it so. I am really getting tired of the gay journalists (used loosely) thinking that it is OK to make a stink on weather someone is gay or not and weather or not they need to be public about it. This kind of need...borders on the absurd. Actually, a good journalist does not need to ask the question just plenty of questions around it...Shake a tree and see what's in it...Don't cut it down.

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