“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.”
When asked for further explanation, Franco avoided the question by saying they “don’t need to go into it,” but addressed the “larger phenomenon” of actors being rumored to be gay after convincingly playing a gay character on the screen.
“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,” Franco continued. “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.”