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."
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?