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Nay-saying to being gay?

Rupert Everett, a somewhat faded gay Brit actor, recently ranted about the fact that straight actors are choosing gay roles in films to expand their repertoires, leaving openly gay actors to play other gay parts that seem like caricatures of themselves. Could James Franco, of Spiderman, Milk and more recently 127 Hours fame, do with taking this advice on board?

Franco recently hinted to Entertainment Weekly that there was more to his interest in playing gay roles, despite his being in a long-term relationship with one Ahna O'Reilly. Aside from exploring the struggles that these men faced at times when homosexuality was repressed and even illegal, Franco is somewhat reticent about what playing gay actually means for him, the Pinknews reveals.

'[The twenties, fifties, sixties and seventies] 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. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.'

Whilst his vague comments might leave millions of guys sitting on the edge of their (cinema) seats, there's no doubt that caricatures or not, Franco seems perfectly at ease playing any part, whether in real-life or in a film.

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