James Franco is slamming the Australian Classification Board’s ban of the sexually explicit gay movie “I Want Your Love,” according to a Mar. 5 E! News report. The movie has been barred from screenings at film festivals around the country because of its explicit content, and Franco is not having it. The “Oz the Great and Powerful” star has called the move “such a disappointment” and “embarrassing.”
According to E! News, the movie is about one gay artist’s last night in San Francisco before he moves back to the Midwest, and was directed by Travis Mathews, who also previously worked with Franco. The main contention in the movie is reportedly a “six-minute scene in which two actors engage in unsimulated sex,” according to Deadline.
The New York Times says the movie “blurs the line between narrative storytelling and pornography,” adding that it “seems a conscious effort to take back gay sex on film from the pornography industry and show comfortable, nonperformance-oriented lovemaking among men who have genuine affection for one another.”
The outspoken star took to You Tube to vent his frustration over the ban. “This just is such a disappointment to me and just seems really silly,” Franco says in the YouTube video. “He was using sex in a very sophisticated way.”
He continued, “Frankly, adults should be able to choose. They're not going in blind. I don't know why, in this day and age, a film that is using sex not for titillation but to talk about being human is being banned. It's just embarrassing.”
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