In a strange new interview, James Franco has spoken about his sexuality and career – with himself.

In a piece in the new edition of FourTwoNine magazine, the actor, who has for a long time had to put up with rumours about his sexual orientation, spoke candidly about his perception and public image, and why he doesn’t mind if people think that he’s gay.

James Franco
James Franco doesn't mind if some people think he's gay

The interview takes the form of ‘gay James Franco’ grilling ‘straight James Franco’ about the many facets of his personality. “I like to think that I'm gay in my art and straight in my life,” he stated “Although, I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I'm straight. So I guess it depends on how you define ‘gay’.”

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Since he became a celebrity, his public image has become bound up with his ambiguous sexuality, causing many people to believe that he’s gay. This has been an impression bolstered by his undertaking of a number of roles in gay-friendly films and portraying un-masculine male characters.

It seems that he’s also relaxed about people discussing his sexuality, and is in to change what anybody thinks about him. “I like my queer public persona. I like that it's so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don't know what the hell is up with me, and that's great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.”

Franco, 36, stars in three films that have been or will be released this spring. Drama True Story is coming out on April 17th, in which he stars alongside Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones; Wim Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine, which made its Berlin Film Festival premiere last month; and the biographic I Am Michael, in which he plays a gay activist who renounces homosexuality.

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