James Franco out-gays himself with Cruising fan fiction film
Cruising, the controversial 1980 film made by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino enraged people for it's portrayal of gay men as deviant, sex fiends. It had 40 minutes of seedy gay S&M club footage that was cut from its final version, possibly because it was too (homo)sexually graphic.
It's 2012 now, and James Franco wants to see those lost 40 minutes! Doesn't exist, you say? Well then, what's a James Franco to do? Hire art-porn director, Travis Matthews, to make it himself of course. But James wants it be real, you say? Un-simulated S&M gay sex real. Bow-chicka-bow-wow style. Except you can't secure the rights to Cruising, you say? Instead of recreating those lost 40 minutes, Franco and Matthews decided to frame it as a re-imagining of what it would be like to go behind the scenes and on set while those original 40 minutes were being made for Cruising; but only it's present day, and both Franco and Matthews will be in it, but as themselves, and it won't be explicitly linked to Cruising.
Wait, does this mean it's a mockumentary, or are Franco and Matthews time travelers, uhh...brain...uhh...confused...too...uhh.. James Franco-ish?
This project fits in with the more experimental cannon of Franco's career, following his foray with queer films like Milk, Howl,The Broken Tower, and the short The Feast of Stephen, not to mention that he did the cover of Candy magazine in drag. Whether it is art or sexuality, we think someone's definitely experimenting with something, vicariously through his career choices. Early footage of the film will be cruising art galleries in NYC around September 12th, and a final feature version is anticipated to hit the film circuits in 2013.
For us, this project has specifically hit some of our favorite key words. Specifically real gay S&M sex, and James Franco.
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