James Franco, the gayest straight man in America, is re-creating graphic scenes from 'Cruising', the notorious 1980 Al Pacino film.
From The Hollywood Reporter.
The unlikeliest of A-list Hollywood idols, James Franco has spent the majority of his mainstream career living a double life as an art-world provocateur, probing the recesses of his own fame through a series of increasingly out-there performance art pieces. And more often than not, these pieces veer toward gay themes.
The latest example, detailed in a new piece from Indiewire, sees the star of the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful working with Travis Mathews, an erotic art-film director. Franco approached Mathews to oversee a project that would attempt to re-create 40 minutes of lost footage from Cruising -- a 1980 William Friedkin film starring Al Pacino as an NYPD officer who goes deep undercover into the gay leather scene to catch a serial killer.
The notorious movie, which featured real S&M participants as extras and explicit depictions of public gay sex, is considered shockingly graphic even by today's standards. The result of this latest collaboration -- James Franco's Cruising -- was filmed over a period of two days. The first cut features "real gay sex in it," Travis says, just as Franco, who plays himself in the film, had instructed.
James Franco's Cruising may mark a significant leap ahead in just how far its star is looking to push the envelope.One word. Woo hoo..........