In 2014, The Huffington Post reported that Franco called out Gawker for insinuating that he was gay and living with friend Scott Haze in a romantic relationship—but that didn’t stop Franco from allegedly mocking the LGBTQ community often.
In 2016, he told New York Magazine, “There is a bit of overfocusing on my sexuality, both by the straight press and the gay press … But if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay c**k tease … Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.” The same year, he conducted an interview between his “gay James” and “straight James,” writing, “I’m gay to the point of intercourse.”
Franco was accused of “making a mockery” of gay porn star Brent Corrigan in the film King Cobra (2016), which was reportedly based on Corrigan’s life. Corrigan said of Franco’s movie, “Not approved by me. It tells a story with contempt for queer culture & mockery for porn.”
The Advocate compiled a list of homophobic moments in Franco pal Seth Rogen’s films, and several scenes from The Interview (2014) and a scene from This Is The End (2013), in which they co-starred, made the cut, as did their Kimye parody “Bound 3.”