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James Franco: Shirtless, Pink, Obsessed with River Phoenix


James Franco appears shirtless and doused in pink paint on the cover of the new issue of 'Wooooo' magazine, an independently produced interview zine.

In other, Franco news, James was recently at the Toronto International Film Festival where he offered up cash for a 13-year-old girl's fan art of himself.

Franco was in town to discuss his collaboration with Gus van Sant, a multi-media installation based on My Own Private Idaho, CTV reports:

One of the films, "My Own Private River," is a feature-length collection of deleted scenes and alternate takes from the original shoot, while companion piece "Idaho" was developed from one of three scripts Van Sant used to create the original movie. Franco was 13 when that film -- a dreamy drama that casted River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as teenage hustlers with a complex relationship -- was released. He said that he used to rent the VHS copy of the movie from his local video store over and over again.

"It was just something about the movie -- the esthetic, the themes, I guess the idea of a makeshift family, River's incredible performance ... and even the clothes," said Franco, seated next to Van Sant.

"I remember at the time I'd try to dress like River's character."

Franco and Van Sant -- who was also present at Sunday's session -- collaborated on the Academy Award winning film "Milk," and Van Sant remembered that even then, Franco wouldn't stop asking him about "Idaho."

"I'm just plain obsessed with 'My Own Private Idaho,"' said Franco, wearing a striped mohair sweater over a collared shirt with jeans and black boots.

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  1. I don't get JF or the big fuss everyone makes over him. The only thing he seems to really be good at is creating questions about his sexuality which seems to keep people interested in the next strange thing he does.

    Posted by: dk | Sep 12, 2011 2:29:15 PM

  2. @DK

    I do not think he has ever created questions. I feel that the gay community has imposed that on him. He has always been a straight male who is comfortable enough with his sexuality that he can see beauty in relationships that deviate from his own preferences. Seems to me that there are a lot of gay men who seem to be angered that he is in fact straight, yet blurs the lines.

    Posted by: JM | Sep 12, 2011 2:50:07 PM

  3. If he's str8, it's like he wants to be gay.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 12, 2011 3:19:41 PM

  4. so ... if a gay man likes art, film or novels about straight people, or if they hang out with a lot of straight people - then they want to be straight? He's just a cool dude ... grow up, homos.

    Posted by: Mr. McGinnis | Sep 12, 2011 3:35:34 PM

  5. @JM

    In the eyes of the usual sociopathic bitter gay bitches,every "attractive" guy is either a closet case or gay even though its written in stone that he is straight.Anderson Cooper who does not make his sexual orientation his job is indeed a "closet case" in their eyes.Apparently you have to begin every sentence with "I'm Gay" followed by your first and last name.Talk about being a small-minded smoldering little queen.

    Posted by: Rocky | Sep 12, 2011 3:39:26 PM

  6. Chill out guys.

    Just read any entries about people-men-who have done stuff with him.

    Big deal.

    But denial is fun.

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 12, 2011 3:59:55 PM

  7. Franco is that rarest of all avi -- a male fag-hag.

    River would have loved you, James!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 12, 2011 4:00:24 PM

  8. Sure would like to know when "Idaho" & "My Own Private River" will be available for purchase.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 12, 2011 4:13:30 PM

  9. Moustache? Moustache!

    Posted by: AdamK | Sep 12, 2011 5:35:27 PM

  10. The lovely Mr Franco should just keep taking off his clothes for our pleasure...

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 12, 2011 5:46:02 PM

  11. He is great.He is comfortable with his sexuality.As opposed to Marky Mark that hates gays and is scare of them but not scare of selling drugs in South Boston when he was young.Ask the cops.They know him well.

    Posted by: Oscar in Miami Beach | Sep 12, 2011 8:10:29 PM

  12. I like James and I don't think he tries to make questions about his sexuality. He has a child with his girlfriend of several years. He just happens to have interests in some counter cultures

    Posted by: testing" ton | Sep 12, 2011 8:14:27 PM

  13. Guys and gals ... chill! He's probably straight and that's cool. He's just a straight MALE who think it's cool to hang and be supportive of gays. How cool is that? Team Franco and hey ... he's an artist, straight, and artistic - so let's keep him in our side.

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 12, 2011 9:04:07 PM

  14. I'm not bothered by Franco, I'm bothered by his adaptation of hipsterism and trying to pass it off as "High Art."

    Posted by: Drew | Sep 12, 2011 10:18:40 PM

  15. Hey Rowan do you believe everything you read on the internet?

    Posted by: Gross | Sep 12, 2011 11:53:02 PM

  16. poor james
    if only his bod was that hot
    he is getting a gut
    despite his speedy demeanor...

    Posted by: chytnia | Sep 15, 2011 5:41:27 AM

  17. Erm, he does not have a child, and "his girlfriend of several years" was his girlfriend only on the red carpet. The recent playboy article noted the end of that "relationship". His longest relationship is with his "partner" Vince Jolivette--14 years and counting. Roommates, business partners, friends, whatever he calls it. Never apart.

    Posted by: George | Sep 25, 2011 7:40:33 PM

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