Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Deftly Done, Mr. Franco

Via TPM, there’s a story going around that the New York Times “quietly outed” actor/director James Franco.

In the piece that was published late last week, Times reporter Jacob Bernstein wrote that Franco and fellow actor Scott Haze are “so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice.” The two were acting students together in Los Angeles and recently worked together on Franco’s film adaptation of “Child of God,” a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

At the end of the piece, Bernstein described Franco’s surprise when an “assistant pointed him and Mr. Haze to two waiting town cars” outside of a Manhattan restaurant.

“We live in the same place,” Franco was quoted as saying.

Franco later took to Instagram to mock Gawker for “always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!!” He also used the post to promote “Child of God,” the film he directed and in which Haze stars.

My instant response to the news that James Franco might be gay was “So what?”  When I see how he handled it, I thought, “Cool; that’s classy.”  Frankly, I think the news should be treated on the same level as finding out he’s right-handed.  And so does he.