James Franco talks to his ‘gay self’ in new poetry book

Joseph McCormick December 28, 2015
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James Franco never ceases to entertain – in various mediums.

The actor, director-turned-poet has now released a book titled ‘Straight James / Gay James’, which is probably as bizarre as it sounds.

The synopsis for the book on Amazon reads: “Straight James / Gay James, actor James Franco’s new chapbook of poems, explores the facets of his public and private personas. Straight James / Gay James is a poetic bildungsroman–raw, candid, and uninhibited.


“James Franco writes about life as an actor, sexuality, questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood. His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of ‘Gay James’ conducted by ‘Straight James.’ Yes, Straight James asks the question: Let’s get substantial: are you gay or what?”

It was revealed this year that James Franco is currently working on porn drama film King Cobra– which will be based on the murder of Cobra Videos filmmaker Bryan Kocis in 2007.

Kocis, the owner of porn company Cobra Video which boasted Corrigan on its roster, was stabbed to death by two escorts at his Pennsylvania home in January 2007.

The murder was notoriously violent, with Kocis stabbed 28 times, before his throat was cut, and his house set on fire to destroy evidence of the crime.

Lockhart testified for the prosecution at trial of killers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, explaining disputes within the industry over the use of the ‘Brent Corrigan’ stage name.

Franco also spoke of the ex-gay activist he portrays in the film ‘Michael’, saying those behind the film tried not to “vilify” him.

The film ‘I am Michael’ portrayed the life of Michael Glatze, who as a young man edited Young Gay America magazine, before in later life renouncing homosexuality and marrying a woman.

Franco starred in the lead role, and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto, who came out as gay in 2011, also signed on to the film to play Glatze’s ex-boyfriend, while Emma Roberts will star as his female ‘love’ interest. The independent film is directed and co-written by Justin Kelly and produced by Gus Van Sant.

He recently released a photo of himself and Quinto kissing, and previously it was announced that James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver will appear in a threesome scene the film.

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