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Sean Penn and James Franco as Lovers in Milk


Flickr user Troublepup shot these photos of Penn as Milk and James Franco as his lover Scott Smith while they were shooting a scene in the Castro. Via Observd, where you can find more. Loving the 70's vibe, man.


Via SFist comes this shot of Sean Penn during last night's filming of a rally scene in Milk just outside the Castro Theatre. It's one of several march scenes to be shot.


Here, Penn holds a megaphone and shouts instructions to the crowd. You can see an even larger version of it at SFist. The Castro marquee hasn't looked like that in a while!

Blogger Jeff Walsh writes about his experience working as an extra in this crowd scene: "So, in the first scene, the crowd is milling around Castro and Market, after an anti-gay ruling in Anita Bryant’s campaign had passed successfully. As we are angry but aimless, Sean Penn (looking pretty damn convincing as Milk, btw) jumps up onto a platform with a bullhorn, says a few words, and then jumps into the crowd, channeling our frustration into a march to City Hall (or, in movie terms, half a block down the street)...."


Castro Shopper has a great wrap-up of storefronts on Castro Street which have been altered for Milk.

GayCities recently posted this shot of Penn and Emile Hirsch, who plays activist Cleve Jones in the film:


Not too long ago Penn was directing Hirsch in Into the Wild. More at GayCities, including some shots of Gus van Sant doing the filming.

Finally, a couple shots of Sean Penn as a bearded Harvey Milk.


One on the street shot, and another campaign poster. (via /film)


Last Friday, Assemblyman Mark Leno and Equality California announced that they were introducing a measure into the legislature that would have May 22, Harvey Milk's birthday, recognized as a non-fiscal state holiday.

Said Leno: "Harvey Milk was a true American hero. He gave hope to a generation of gay and lesbian individuals whose basic humanity and freedom had been denied and dishonored. His history is our history, and a day in his honor will preserve his legacy for generations to come. 'Harvey Milk Day' will provide a forum to raise public awareness of Milk's work to extend basic human rights to all people and demonstrate that each one of us possesses the ability to create extraordinary change in our communities, our country and the world."

'Milk' shoot does the Castro good [hollywood reporter]

Milk: The Transformation of Castro Street [tr]
Extras Needed for Milk March in San Francisco [tr]
First Look at Josh Brolin as SF Supervisor Dan White in Milk [tr]
Grabeel, Luna, Smith Join Milk Cast as Production Begins [tr]
EXCLUSIVE: Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella Join Milk [tr]
Singer's Harvey Milk Film in Jeopardy as Van Sant's Gains Steam [tr]

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  1. Big Mike,

    Thanks for your concern. Actually I am blessed with parents who love and support me. I suspect that, unlike you and your significant other, my parents not being backwoods first cousins probably has a lot to do with it.

    BTW: What is some piss ignorant homophobe doing posting here anyhow? Did you get lost on your way to the Fred Phelps website?

    Posted by: JCW | Feb 12, 2008 6:10:52 PM

  2. Buffy,

    I'm one of the paid extras on the film and have to agree that indeed Friday night's recreation was very moving. I was marching within four feet of both Cleve Jones and Tom Ammiano and I was nearly moved to tears
    on more than one occassion.

    Hopefully this film will go on to open a few hearts and minds, Big Mike's included.

    Posted by: JCW | Feb 12, 2008 6:17:21 PM

  3. JCW, Im sure your mom still loves you, but they DO NOT support your lifestyle, you dumb sack monkey.

    Posted by: Big Mike | Feb 18, 2008 9:12:13 PM

  4. Hey Big Mike,
    Now, now, there is nothing to get upset about. You just lost your way and found yourself on Towleroad, a site with gay tendencies. You don't want to be here and we don't want you here. It's a win-win! You just back away from us and smile in a friendly-like way. That way you won't get bashed by that Mr. America queer over there slapping a big piece of pipe again his palm. That's it, everything's cool. A bit further back, back, just a bit more ---- oh my stars, he fell into traffic and was run over by a Gay Pride float. Shame,
    but those things do happen. Hey everybody, when's lunch?

    Posted by: JustCalmDown | Apr 23, 2008 7:25:18 PM

  5. "Secondly, I can see that all of those years you spent in English class really paid off for you. every opertunity."

    I LOL'd.

    Posted by: DCN | May 7, 2008 1:00:28 PM

  6. i would do anything to make love to sean penn ... come to vancouver bc.

    Posted by: tia | Oct 2, 2008 6:05:57 PM

  7. Sean Penn beat up his ex-wife (Madonna)
    'nuff said about that creepy wife beater.....

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 17, 2008 12:40:22 PM

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