What would we do without James Franco? Who else in Hollywood is so fond of the career curveball that he suddenly pops up as a serial killer on "General Hospital," then turns around and cameos on "30 Rock" as a pillow-humping perv? He's been attending a handful of schools over the last few years — studying everything from filmmaking to poetry — and has his eye on a doctorate in English from Yale. Oh, and then there's his turn in the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" franchise and a buzzworthy lead role as a hiker who chops his arm off in Danny Boyle's sure-to-be-Oscar-darling "127 Hours."
He's got guts and doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks or have any interest in doing what's expected of him. The latest example? An appearance in drag on the cover of Candy magazine.
The 32-year-old actor appears in a black tuxedo jacket, with shiny black gloves and a cigarette clutched between two fingers. His hair is slicked back, his lips are smothered with red lipstick and his eyelids pop with bright blue shadow. Heart earrings dangle from his ears and a gold choker hugs his neck. "Viva Franco," the cover reads, touting work done by fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
On its website, Candy describes itself as "the first fashion magazine ever completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations....Candy is a magazine for everybody. A space for individual freedom, and a publication that pushes people to take on the persona of what they always wanted to be."
Last month, Franco spoke with The Advocate about what draws him to portrayals of characters that do not fit into the traditional — and thankfully, increasingly ignored — confines of what constitutes acceptable leading man roles in Hollywood.
"In this history of cinema, there are so many heterosexual love stories," he said. "It's so hammered, so done. It's just not that interesting to me. It's more interesting to me to play roles and relationships that haven't been portrayed as often."
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