francosexybeast.jpg The other day James Franco revealed his love for jerking it, and now the actor gets serious and chats with The Advocate about playing iconic gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming flick Howl.

When asked if he would admit it if he were gay, Franco replies, “Sure, I’d tell you if I was. 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. 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."

So why does Franco continue to portray gay men? Franco says he finds these roles both more interesting and more challenging. “In this history of cinema, there are so many heterosexual love stories,” Franco tells the mag. “It’s so hammered, so done. It’s just not that interesting to me. It’s more interesting to me to play roles and relationships that haven’t been portrayed as often.”