James Franco's new film — which he not only stars in but also wrote, directed, and produced — chronicles the short life of tortured gay poet Hart Crane.
The black-and-white movie is called The Broken Tower, named for one of Crane's last publications. The poet, who killed himself at 32 in 1932, was behind obtuse poems that featured frequent metaphors. The Los Angeles Times caught up with Franco at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and he told the paper he doesn't understand much of Crane's work.
"I couldn’t even tell you what half his stuff means," literature-lover Franco said, according to the Times. "But what inspired me is his spirit and drive. He cared so much about his work, even when nobody else understood it."
The film features graphic sex scenes as well as Crane reading a poem aloud for 10 minutes straight. Crane will be the second gay poet Franco has portrayed — the first being Allen Ginsberg in Howl. Franco received an Independent Spirit Award in 2009 for his role as Harvey Milk's boyfriend Scott Smith in Gus Van Sant's Milk.
I am in love with James Franco. Not because he is stunningly handsome. But because of his determination, perseverance and nerve to do what he wants when he wants. He decided upon his new project and took the reigns.
Regardless of the character's sexuality (or because of it) he takes and creates roles that others are too afraid to approach or attempt. James is not afraid to be gay on film, to kiss another man, to show love and intimacy between two men. He does not fear the Hollywood stigma of being pigeon-holed as "a gay character."
I applaud James Franco and will be a supporter for life of this incredibly talented man!
GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!