Is James Franco trying to come out of the closet?


Eh. Today’s Gatecrasher is trying to make it sound like James Franco could totally be gay. Apparently, when Franco was doing a panel discussion on the documentary he directed (Saturday Night, a behind-the-scenes look at one week of preparing for Saturday Night Live), he got some questions about his sexuality. Things apparently got “uncomfortable” and Franco’s rep “stopped him from answering”. Also, James and SNL’s Will Forte may have something going on…?

Let the rumor mills roll: James Franco dodged some dicey questions at a panel discussion following Sunday’s Tribeca Film Fest premiere of his doc, “Saturday Night.”

“One of the guests asked James a few things that alluded to his sexuality,” says a panel-goer, explaining that the line of questioning was in regards to Franco’s on-camera kiss with Will Forte on “SNL.” “Franco’s rep stopped him from answering, and the crowd got really uncomfortable.”

But Franco didn’t seem to mind: “Will and James were taking pictures of themselves with a Polaroid at the afterparty [at 48 Lounge],” says a spy. “And then James turned to Will and joked, ‘Uh-oh, this one is going to make people talk!’ Will even told a passerby, ‘James is a very passionate kisser!’”

[From Gatecrasher]

As I said before, “eh”. I don’t really think James is gay, but I don’t really care, honestly. I believe he’s had a girlfriend for a few years, but they may have broken up? He seems to play it close to the vest, so I could see how he could be gay or bisexual and we would have no idea. But he’s probably just a straight dude who doesn’t have any hangups about kissing other dudes. That’s my call.

Tribeca Talks & Premiere Saturday Night At The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Talks & Premiere Saturday Night At The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Talks & Premiere Saturday Night At The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Header: James Franco in New York on May 2, 2010. Credit: RAM/Fame.

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  1. Obvious says:

    love him no matter what. did no one else see “whatever it Takes” he was hot, double the man candy with my man Shane in there tooo..

  2. Schnauzers!!!! says:

    Either way, he’s still sex-ay! (Needs a haircut and a shave though…)

  3. Lee says:

    Nah. Not gay. Not hung up either about whether anyone might think he is. He just doesn’t get worked up about this stuff. Very cool guy.

  4. Roma says:

    His SNL episode was filled with a whole lot of man on man kissing! I don’t think he’s gay, I just think he’s comfortable with himself and other dudes. Plus, the whole Milk thing.

    Either way, I super love him. And if it is bi… hot!

  5. Trillion says:

    He grew up in the Bay Area which may account for his enlightenment, I’d like to think. Love him.

  6. LindyLou says:

    He looks too rugged to be gay. I just mean that gay men tend to be prettier. Hmmm…probably someone will take offense to that and that is not my intention. I just mean that I bet James Franco has never owned a bottle of moisturizer. Okay, that sounds stereotypical too. I’ll just shut up now.

  7. Benjamin says:

    I think it’s within reason to suspect that he’s gay and inching towards coming out of the closet. There’s of course the usual heresy and rumors that float around the gay community, and though I’m as liable to believe those as I am that there’re alligators in the sewers, I also can’t shake a vibe that he seems to give off. I think back to his 30 Rock guest appearance that could easily have been read as a coded coming out as it could a skewering of the rumors that surround his sexuality; after all, he comes out as having a relationship with his Japanese body pillow girlfriend (at a gay bar no less) in an episode that centers around Liz Lemon’s nephew coming out. Added to that, he’s increasingly directing his career away from Hollywood projects and towards smaller, indie fare and a career in literature, two things which I’d imagine would allow him to more comfortably live an open life if he’s indeed gay or bi. Those’re my two cents on the matter, which of course could just be a mix of rampant speculation and wishful thinking.

  8. Beck says:

    He looks like he needs a shower. About his sexuality, he’s probably bi.

  9. susanne says:

    I don’t care if he’s gay- I’m worried about the pallor…I think he’s got a drug problem.

  10. suz says:

    I think he looks ill. What is going on with him?

  11. Feebee says:

    Will Forte’s gay?

    I agree with Kaiser, I think Franco’s straight with no hang ups about kissing other dudes for whatever reason.

  12. Zelda says:

    @Benjamin, you make some interesting points.

    But this makes me sad, because if he were to come out there goes one of my best masturbation fantasies. (It just doen’t work with gay guys for some reason)

    Who’s supposed to replace you, James? huh? Zac Effron? One of the eunuchs from Twilight? A Gossip Birl Boy? Did you think of ME at ALL?

    Oh this is just great…
    *croses arms*
    *stomps foot*

  13. Marianne says:

    I don’t think he’s gay. I think a lot people these days seem to be bi-curious.

  14. buckley says:

    I don think he’s gay either.
    Handsome and way talented in my opinion.

  15. Maritza says:

    Different strokes for different folks but I definitely think he’s bi.

  16. Diva says:

    Will Forte is gay? That’s a bigger shock to me than Franco, lol.

    Btw, since when do two men in show business, who haven’t come out of any closets, casually mention to “passers by” that the other is a “passionate kisser” in any serious capacity??? lol

    “Hey, stranger, walking by me at this crowded party, I just want to let you know that James Franco is a very passionate kisser in the very serious and hot lovemaking sessions we have participated in… together… as gay men… that no one knows about… but I am telling you, passer by.”

  17. Ricci says:

    I just love his smile!

  18. MaiGirl says:

    I don’t think he’s gay, but I don’t care either way. If he is, and getting it on with Will, is it wrong to hope for a leaked sex tape? :)

  19. Zelda says:

    “Hey, stranger, walking by me at this crowded party, I just want to let you know that James Franco is a very passionate kisser in the very serious and hot lovemaking sessions we have participated in… together… as gay men… that no one knows about… but I am telling you, passer by.”



    *vows to start giving random unsolicited information to passers by from this moment on*

  20. Leek says:

    I don’t care what he is; I’d love him regardless. He does these really skits on Funny or Die where he teaches his younger brother how to act. He is a really funny guy.

  21. Anj says:

    He may be Gay……..but are not all handsome men in this world gay?;)

    Anyway he looks so in need of flesh he has gone lean.

  22. Sticky Wicket says:

    Trust me, my gaydar is infallible and James Franco is NOT gay. I’ve met him at a few functions in NYC and he’s as straight as they come. Dammit!

  23. Emily says:

    Oh, he’s totally gay, he played Sean Penn’s boyfriend in Milk! That’s how these things work, right?

    Pfft. I agree that he’s just straight, but secure enough to have no problem kissing other guys.

  24. Camille says:

    I’m picking gay but more possibly bi. Defintely a whiff of ‘something’ about him…

  25. j. ferber says:

    He reminds me of Heath Ledger in these new pics. Not a good thing.

  26. Del says:

    could care less if James Franco is gay.He is still hot and needs some concealer.

  27. Get Real says:

    I love James Franco as much as the next girl (or guy), but he is SO gay! It’s not just that he’s taken on gay roles and kissed Will Forte, he’s curious outside of his professional life as actor on the many facets of the gay community. I’m sorry, but WHY would you be so fascinated by it, beyond the call of duty, if you weren’t gay? I don’t care regardless, I won’t stop dreaming about him, but I’m not about to go hang out with lesbian hookers and watch them service a client because I have no hangups about being gay! There’s a reason why he is so curious about male homosexuality (notice he’s not as interested in female same sex orientation?)…because he’s gay himself!

  28. D says:

    I thinks hes a heroine attict (dark circles under his eyes) and that makes he do weirdo things, like kissing guys and stuff. Other wise he probably would be straight.

  29. JT says:

    James Franco is not hetero, he’s bisexual or a closeted gay man.

    I also agree that he looks like he’s into pills or drugs.