American actor James Franco has told The Advocate magazine that he is not gay, despite playing very convincing gay characters.

Franco received critical acclaim for his role as Harvey’s Milk’s lover in the film Milk and stars in the new film Howl about gay poet Allen Ginsberg.

“Sure, I’d tell you if I was [gay]. I guess the reason I wouldn’t is because I’d be worried that it would hurt my career. I suppose that’s the reason one wouldn’t do that, right? But no, that wouldn’t be something that would deter me,” said Franco.

“I’m going to do projects that I want to do. Everyone thinks I’m a stoner, and some people think I’m gay because I’ve played these gay roles. That’s what people think, but it’s not true. I don’t smoke pot. I’m not gay. But on another level, there’s something in me that is able to play roles like that in a way that’s convincing.”

Franco has been dating actress Anha O’Reilly for a number of years.

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