Hollywood actor James Franco has been busy with the release of his new movie "Oz The Great and Powerful", but it is another film that inspired his independent film titled "Interior.Leather.Bar" that has the actor making some noise. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Franco is speaking out against the Australian Classification Board's decision to ban screenings of a gay themed film titled "I Want Your Love".
The film, directed by Travis Matthews is a modern day love story of a gay man who has sex with is best friend during his last night in Los Angeles and features sex scenes that the Australian censors have deemed offensive without even seeing the film.
Matthews feels like there is a larger issue behind the ban.
"I think the Australian Classification Board made the decision based on the synopsis, not having seen the film, saying it's gratuitous. I could argue against it, but it feels like a trap. This is a larger issue that an adult viewing audience should be able to make up their own mind about his."
Franco who is an admirer and friend of Matthews agree. Franco posted a video in protest online aimed at the Australian censors.
"It's such a disappointment to me and it's really silly," says Franco. "Adults should be able to choose...I don't know why in this day and age something like this...is being banned. It's just embarrassing. I hope you'll reconsider."
Franco's own film, "Interior.Leather.Bar" is a film that uses "sex in such a sophisticated way" and he feels Matthews is also using sex as a tool of character development, internal emotions and connection.
Both Franco and Matthews believes the board is being very short sighted by keeping films that explore human behavior away from those who may choose to view and connect with the film.