James Franco Gets Inspired by Cruising

With his new "homo-sex-art-film," the always intriguing actor teams with director Travis Mathews to pay homage to the controversial 1980 thriller.



This project came about really quickly. In July you posted on your website that you would be collaborating with James Franco on a “homo-sex-art-film.”  James Franco’s Cruising is premiering in September. How did you crank this out so quickly?
I don’t think either of us has slept.

Where will the film premiere?
In New York during Fashion Week. A feature-length version will be playing festivals next year.

Your recent projects, In Their Room, I Want Your Love, and now James Franco’s Cruising, have all focused on gay men, naturalistic storytelling, and graphic scenes of sexuality. Are these themes that you will continue to explore?
I need to finish editing In Their Room-London. I would like to continue that series as long as I can. I want to go to some less obvious places where gayness and masculinity are different from what I regularly see and experience. But I think I’m almost done with graphic sexuality. I just don’t want to get bored or pigeonholed with it. There’s so much that can still be said with sex, but I don’t want to make a career of it.

You just directed a film with an Academy Award nominee.  Is this your first step toward a more mainstream career?
God, I hope not.

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