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James Franco On Why He's Drawn To Gay Stories: 'These Are Important Issues Of Equal Rights'

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In an interview with Vulture, James Franco opens up about his self acknowledged affinity for projects focused on stories about gay lives and the struggle for queer rights. I Am Michael, Franco’s latest film that’s currently doing the Sundance circuit, tells the story of Michael Glatze, a former editor at XY magazine who suddenly renounced his homosexuality in the early oughts following a health scare and became a high-profile member of the ex-gay movement.

“It's because of their art, and then their art was partially informed by their sexuality,” Franco said of his storied history acting in gay-themed projects. “But then with something like Interior Leather Bar or Milk, those are obviously engaging with gay themes, gay rights, gay politics.”

Franco continues:

“Lee Daniels says that gay rights are the civil rights of our era, so I like doing a movie like Milk or Interior Leather Bar where I can bring themes and ideas I've been engaged with, and do it in such a way that those ideas are pulled into the mainstream more.

I feel like that's my place: I can in some ways lend myself and say that these are important issues of equal rights, though on the other hand, I'm very much about preserving this queer kind of space of defying identity and defying labels. I think there are a lot of those themes in this movie as well.”

Read the full interview with James Franco and I Am Michael director Justin Kelly HERE.


'Ex-Gay' Michael Glatze Says James Franco Film Gave Him 'New Life', Apologizes to Gay Youth: VIDEO

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Michael Glatze, writer for 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, marrying a woman in 2013, sat down for an interview with vlogger Jake Reynolds following the screening of the new movie, I Am Michael at Sundance.

I Am Michael is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend". You can read it here.

Glatze (played by James Franco in the film) appeared thrilled with his portrayal and told Reynolds that it is a turning point in his life:

"Life is starting up again. It's almost like a new life. I thank James Franco for that. I did. I sent an email for him and I said 'thank you so much for your interest in this project' because it has been the spark to a gigantic healing process for so many people in my world, and now we can rejoin the rest of the world."

For those who are not familiar with Glatze's story this requires a bit of context.

Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, an organization that has devoted much time to exposing the "ex-gay" myth, wrote about Glatze's story in 2013:

Mr. Glatze worked for XY Magazine and was the co-founder of a short-lived LGBT teenie-bopper mag, Young Gay America. Suddenly, he broke up with his boyfriend and had what appeared to be a nervous breakdown, where he had severe panic attacks about dying. During these disturbing episodes, he renounced his sexual orientation and temporarily converted to Mormonism. Though he had dived into the Mormon faith with gusto, he just as quixotically abandoned this faith to become an outspoken fundamentalist Christian...

...He began writing incendiary op-eds for World Net Daily where he claimed to be “repulsed by homosexuality.” He appeared on Porno Pete LaBarbera’s radio show. However, his time on the “ex-gay” circuit was short-lived and he proved to be an incompetent spokesperson. His columns were so beyond the pale, that he alienated long-time “ex-gay” activists. Eventually, Glatze was drummed out of the “ex-gay” industry after a meltdown. His demise came after he wrote a racist rant against president Barack Obama on his blog...

FrancoFranco this week reacted to the experience of meeting Glatze for the first time and said that Glatze told him the film was "healing" as well.

Franco added:

"In a way, we had to show to him we were going to have a very even-handed, non-judgmental approach, but we also had to say to ourselves, 'We’re not telling this story just to make Michael happy, we’re telling the story to get both sides.' The best we could do was say to him, 'We have good intentions. We’re not going to crucify or judge you but we also need to tell the story from the other side as well as the side you’re on now.'"

However, there is only one side to the "ex-gay" story, and if the film (which I have not seen but was reviewed by our film critic here) presents being "ex-gay" as a valid option in life, it will certainly do a disservice to all of the young gay people who have been irreparably damaged by so called "conversion therapy", "ex-gay" ministries, and so on. As time goes by, former "ex-gays" and proponents (John Paulk, Randy Thomas, Robert Spitzer, and James Stabile, and more) continue to come out and reveal that being "ex-gay" is a damaging, damaging myth.

In the new interview, Glatze is asked what he would say to the gay youth who have said they were hurt and felt betrayed by Glatze's renunciation of his identity:

"I'm sorry, and that is one of the things I would say to anyone who has been hurt by any of the words that have come through my mouth or typed out on a computer screen...and even through video is that I'm sorry for any of the pain that I have caused. I literally feel that and have been dealing with that over the past really three or four years especially. It has just been a lot of the process of healing for me - we've been going through that together - and just growing in what the Buddhist teacher kind of observed was missing in me at that time was compassion...If there (are) amends to be made then to make those amends and not offend anyone on either side. We've got to be very careful with that."

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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James Franco on Being Thanked By 'Ex-Gay' Activist Michael Glatze for Film Portrayal: 'I Think it was Very Healing for Him'

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Upcoming film I am Michael tells the story of Michael Glatze, "ex-gay" activist.

James Franco portrays Glatze, and following the Sundance Film Festival, the actor recounted his experience with meeting Glatze.

GlatzeVia Pink News, Franco says: “I haven’t had that many conversations with him...I met him in person for the first time here at the festival. He made a point to come up to me and thank me, and he said he loved the movie. I think it was very healing for him.”

Franco continued:

In a way, we had to show to him we were going to have a very even-handed, non-judgemental approach, but we also had to say to ourselves, 'We’re not telling this story just to make Michael happy, we’re telling the story to get both sides.' The best we could do was say to him, 'We have good intentions. We’re not going to crucify or judge you but we also need to tell the story from the other side as well as the side you’re on now.'

I Am Michael also stars Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto. Last week, we got a peek at early stills from the film, including a steamy gay threesome.


James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Charlie Carver's Sex Scene Revealed in New 'I Am Michael' Photos

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A set of new stills from the upcoming film I Am Michael, about former gay rights activist turned "ex-gay" poster boy Michael Glatze and starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Charlie Carver, gives us the first look at a three-way sex scene between the actors as well as other key moments.

Franco plays Glatze while Quinto plays his then boyfriend Bennett. The duo bed Carver's character in a club, according to a November report from E!:

"They first meet in a club. The music is pumping. It's the eighties!" a source said. "When Charlie's character questions Franco about having a boyfriend, Franco says, 'He'd like you, too.'"

Cut to the bedroom, where the three are naked, intertwined and "kissing," the source said. "You see their asses." [...]

The three enjoy a romance, but when Michael leaves, the breakup is "disastrous and heartbreaking," the source said.

The film, produced by Gus van Sant, is premiering at Sundance. It's based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend". Denizet-Lewis is a co-producer on the film. The film is directed by Justin Kelly.

Additional stills show the main characters at a rave party, Carver and Quinto together, Franco alone and despondent in what appears to be a tiled bathroom, Franco and Quinto kissing, and Franco embracing Emma Roberts.

Check them out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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LOOK: New Photos Of Zachary Quinto and James Franco In 'Michael'

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New photos have been released showing actors Zachary Quinto and James Franco in their upcoming film Michael, produced by Gus van Sant, which follows the life of "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze. As Attitude Magazine notes, Glatze was the "co-founder of [the short-lived publication] Young Gay America and a strong advocate for gay rights, who later denounced homosexuality after a health scare." Glatze married a woman in 2013. Emma Roberts will play Franco's wife in the film.

We also learned just yesterday that Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears will be scoring the film. Shears made the announcement on Instagram: "Thrilled to announce that I have scored my first feature film with Tim Kvasnofsky."

Michael will also reportedly feature a steamy threesome between Quinto, Franco and Charlie Carver (whom Towleroad readers may remember from his Teen Wolf days). 

Check out a few more sneak peeks of Michael, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed them, peep a look at Quinto and Franco is late 90s / early 00s period attire HERE.

(Photos via Attitude UK)

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James Franco Boyfriends Up to Zachary Quinto in First Official Still From Gay-Themed Film 'Michael'

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While we've seen various shots posted by James Franco and Zachary Quinto on Instagram, this is the first official still we've seen from the film, in which Franco plays "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze, writer for the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and co-founder of the short-lived publication Young Gay America, who denounced his homosexuality and became a poster boy for that movement. Glatze also became a pastor and married a woman.

Gus van Sant is executive producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers. It's based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend".

Quinto plays Glatze's former boyfriend Bennett. The film also stars Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver.

The shot above appears in an American Film Market preview story in The Hollywood Reporter.


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