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James Franco: "I Wish I Was Gay"

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James Franco has never been one to be bothered by people questioning his sexuality.

In fact, Franco told The Daily Beast during an interview that he wishes he was gay. "'Great! Bring on the gay jokes! because these aren't insults at all,'" he began to say referencing his roast that occured last week, "I don't even care if people think I'm gay, so it was like, 'Awesome!' I mean, I wish I was…I wish I was gay."

The actor explained his statement a little further by saying, "I mean, we don't have to go into it. But as far as that larger phenomenon that you're talking about that happens to other actors, part of it is that movies are a place where people can project things and identify with characters, and it's the same thing with actors outside of their roles—and it's been that way since Hollywood was around.

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"That's why there's a lot of conjecture. That's been one of my things, too. My relationship with my public image over the past four or five years has just become weirder and weirder, because I look at it and it's me, and it's not me, so if other people want to use that for their own purposes or needs, I'm fine with it."

Franco echoed a similar sentiment while talking with E! News' Marc Malkin during the Toronto International Film Festival.

"I got nothin', it was easy," he said of the jokes thrown his way. "And like, for me, the greater scheme of things—gay jokes as an issue is one thing but when people make fun of me being gay it's like [shrugs] do it all day! It doesn't bother me in the slightest."

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