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James Franco to Play 'Ex-Gay' Activist Michael Glatze in New Gus Van Sant Film


James Franco is set to play Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement, according to the NY Post.

The $3.5 million film is being produced by Gus Van Sant and is set to start shooting in New York in July.

Glatze married a woman last October. Franco is currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway.

Note: Have our April Fool's Day antennae up for this one, but given the players and Franco's gay-oriented interests it's an entirely plausible report. We'd watch it.

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  1. Glatze is like a better-looking version of Regnerus. Hmmmm.......

    Posted by: Déjà Vu | Apr 1, 2014 12:00:12 PM

  2. Given its coming from the notoriously homophobic Murdoch-owned NY POST, I'm guessing this is their pathetic idea of an April Fool's joke. "a gay activist who renounced his homosexuality after turning to religion following a health scare." Yep, that's the POST!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 1, 2014 12:05:16 PM

  3. $3.5 million budget? No.

    Posted by: Numbers | Apr 1, 2014 12:07:48 PM

  4. If this isn't an April Fools prank it should be. Nobody needs to see a movie about that poor, confused, mentally-ill person. He needs psychiatric care, not exposure. (I mean Glatze, not Franco -- although, sometimes I DO wonder....)

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Apr 1, 2014 12:43:37 PM

  5. at what point do we deride Mr Franco for "appropriation". Lets say everything he did was about Asians. Do you think at some point Asians would be like why is this white guy so fixated on our culture.

    There is a point where being gay friendly crosses the line. One has to wonder if this isn't just one big art performance at our expense.

    When I look at him all I can think of is Robert Downey Junior in Tropical Thunder

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 1, 2014 1:25:58 PM

  6. homo not-so-genius more like

    Posted by: ugh | Apr 1, 2014 1:31:18 PM

  7. Wow. I like Franco takes risks, but 3.5 million? Really?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 1, 2014 1:57:16 PM

  8. James Franco is a wonderful and brave artist -- even if he does have dirty finger nails.

    Some people need to shut the f.ck up.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 1, 2014 2:36:08 PM

  9. Gus Van Zant doing a film about twinks -- STOP THE PRESSES!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 1, 2014 2:53:28 PM

  10. Was there ever a feature film made about the "ex-gay" guys that went to a major conference and found themselves sharing a motel room...with one bed? Three days later, their keynote address was QUITE different from what attendees expected! Their story is in the 90's documentary "One Nation Under God." (They stayed a couple till one of them died of AIDS.) Long story short, I'm very interested in this.

    Posted by: Dback | Apr 1, 2014 3:17:13 PM

  11. Of all the subjects available for film treatment, the very gifted Van Sant wishes to spend his time and energy on this? What happened to stories with redeeming qualities?

    Posted by: Josh M. | Apr 1, 2014 3:54:09 PM

  12. Which antennae is that? This could be the best revenge for Franco.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 1, 2014 4:38:21 PM

  13. Ok well, this is the first april fools joke I fell for this year. At least I hope it is!

    Posted by: zeddy | Apr 1, 2014 4:51:52 PM

  14. Surprised - although, I guess I shouldn't be from Towleroad comments - that so many think Van Sant shouldn't make this. I'm sure he has some interesting things to say about the subject.

    Posted by: Glenn | Apr 2, 2014 12:14:06 PM

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  16. Just a basic search... I know it cannot really mean anything but... this MICHAEL GLATZE character looks twice as happy in pictures with a male than he does with females. Just saying.

    Posted by: Kurtis Edwards | Apr 15, 2014 1:21:57 PM

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