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James Franco-Directed Film About Gay Actor Sal Mineo Gets a Trailer: VIDEO

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Back in 2011, James Franco directed Sal, a biopic about the late silver screen heartthrob  (and James Dean Rebel co-star) Sal Mineo who in the late 60's became one of the first major actors to come out of the closet, and was murdered in 1976 in West Hollywood. The film, which stars Val Lauren, is finally getting a release on video on demand and iTunes on October 22, and will have a limited theatrical run starting in November.

The film is based on Greg Michaud's book Sal Mineo: A Biography.

Watch teh trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Closeted filth prasitising on gay rights achievements is even worse than most notorious homophobes

    Posted by: litper | Sep 30, 2013 10:02:44 PM


  2. This is crap Franco. Why not do your next film about Richard Gere and the gerbil, with you as the star. Who needs truth? You suck.

    Posted by: Closet | Sep 30, 2013 10:29:47 PM


  3. "prasitising" ???

    The word you're looking for is "proselytizing", but you have to get to 7th or 8th grade before you learn big words like that.

    Posted by: Tatts | Sep 30, 2013 10:37:56 PM


  4. Wasn't able to watch the clip(not available in your country....)
    James Franco certainly seems to have a great interest in things of a gay nature.
    Is he a closet gay or bi? What is he?

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 30, 2013 11:04:00 PM


  5. a nasty anti-gay freak who uses people's "open-mindness" to stay in the closet

    Posted by: litper | Sep 30, 2013 11:12:34 PM


  6. I'll watch it. Looks like it might be interesting.

    People: who cares if James Franco is or isn't gay? Why are you so obsessed with what he does in his frickin bedroom?

    "Is he a closet gay or bi? What is he?"


    Guess what? You don't HAVE to know the sexuality of every guy that comes down the pike. If he wants to tell us, he'll tell us. Until then, don't be boorish & start playing the morality police.

    Posted by: will | Sep 30, 2013 11:58:00 PM


  7. Sal Mineo was bi, not gay. Stop trying to re-write history.

    Posted by: adrenan p | Oct 1, 2013 1:21:18 AM


  8. Adrenan - this movie is about his attraction to James Dean. How is that re-writing history? Get a clue.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 1, 2013 2:26:13 AM


  9. I love James Franco & not because of his face but his freedom of creativity..I will see it/may be good or a bomb,.that's the road to being an artist...The gay community has real enemies, he is not one of them

    Posted by: tonyc | Oct 1, 2013 2:42:54 AM


  10. seems homophobes "doth protest" far too much!

    Posted by: L Goethe | Oct 1, 2013 3:14:08 AM


  11. I'm not impressed with the casting choice here. BTW from all accounts James Dean was as infatuated with Sal Mineo as the reverse. Sal was a baby face, this guy isn't. There used to be a YouTube from right before his death when Peter Lawford interviewed him around LA where "Rebel" was filmed, they were lovers at the time according to the accounts of his acquaintances.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 1, 2013 7:16:24 AM


  12. looks good

    Posted by: Reality | Oct 1, 2013 7:24:23 AM


  13. Is Val Lauren openly gay or bi?

    If not then why not?

    It is utterly unacceptable to hire straight actors for LGBT roles while Hollywood forces actual LGBT actors to remain closeted.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 1, 2013 7:48:02 AM


  14. This looks terrific! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Oct 1, 2013 8:07:09 AM


  15. The actor playing Sal doesn't have a tenth of the magnetism or sex appeal of the real Sal Mineo. Terrible casting.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 1, 2013 8:27:11 AM


  16. @Ken "The actor playing Sal doesn't have a tenth of the magnetism or sex appeal of the real Sal Mineo. Terrible casting."

    I don't think anyone could match Sal Mineo. It's the eyes he is missing. Perhaps this will be a worthwhile movie anyway.

    I had always heard the Sal Mineo was killed by a hustler he was involved with. It seems that was not true -- his killer was a stranger attempting to rob him.

    Posted by: Charlie | Oct 1, 2013 9:15:21 AM


  17. Val is straight and married. He is also somehow linked to Franco via being in the same scene, so a bit of nepotism was done here.

    Also agree that the actual actor had more of a baby face and appeal but isn't that the case now with so many bi-ops? They REFUSE to actually cast someone who has the same looks and sex appeal, given us egotistical actors/actresses instead-see Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, Lindsey Lohan etc etc

    Posted by: Rowan | Oct 1, 2013 9:15:50 AM


  18. James Dean was bi, according to reports.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 1, 2013 11:15:56 AM


  19. This may help determine who he was, how he died and what he looked like. I only remembered the young Sal, but Val doesn't look too different from the older Sal.

    Posted by: ChorusGeek | Oct 1, 2013 1:30:06 PM


  20. This may help determine who he was, how he died and what he looked like. I only remembered the young Sal, but Val doesn't look too different from the older Sal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Mineo

    Posted by: ChorusGeek | Oct 1, 2013 1:30:26 PM


  21. Congratulations tribecafilm, your secrecy is what pushed me to finally install a browser that can make me appear to YouTube to be from the US, even though I'm no longer living there.

    It's the world-wide web, not the tribecafilm-decides-canada-sucks web.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 1, 2013 5:13:51 PM


  22. Mineo was sexy fascinating man- the film look dull.

    Posted by: jarago | Oct 1, 2013 5:37:58 PM


  23. This video is not available in your country.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Oct 1, 2013 6:11:46 PM


  24. Sal Mineo had screen quality and charisma...this actor possesses zilch. Will not waste my time with the film.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 2, 2013 10:58:29 PM


  25. This trailer plays outisde the US:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGWVJhfS1zM

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 17, 2013 2:23:16 AM


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