James Franco Didn't Buy ‘Minor Blow Job’ Michael Fassbender Received in ‘Shame’

James Franco Didn't Buy 'Minor Blow Job' Michael Fassbender Received in 'Shame'

…but he sure loved “12 Years a Slave”

James Franco is as idiosyncratic a movie critic as he is a media presence.

In the midst of a (it must be said) thought-provoking appraisal of “12 Years a Slave” for Vice, the Yale PhD candidate goes off on a tangent that will do nothing to quell the persistent chatter about his sexual orientation.

It turns out that the “Oz: The Great and Powerful” star had a few problems with “Shame,” the previous collaboration between “12 Years” director Steve McQueen and star Michael Fassbender. In that downer of a cinematic experience, Fassbender portrayed a well-heeled sex addict, struggling to control his raging libido in New York City.

“He wasn't such an addict in my opinion, though,” Franco writes. “I mean, what did he do? Watch porn and screw a handful of people a week? I could point to quite a few folks who do that.

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“And that scene where he's at his lowest point and wants to fuck and goes into a gay club, and it's depicted like the seventh level of hell… I mean, it goes back to the horrible representations of gays in the 70s, where the gay club is meant to signify everything dark and depraved,” he added. “Then the guy gets a minor blowjob, from, Oh no,a man! The horror!”

And with that “minor blow job” gets introduced into the critical lexicon. Gay sex clubs have been an artistic interest of Franco in the past. He recreated the lost 40 minutes from the controversial thriller “Cruising,” with “Interior. Leather Bar,” which came out this year, so he's well acquainted with leather chaps and dim lighting.

As for “12 Years,” Franco said that Fassbender is such a force of nature as a brutal plantation owner that he hijacks the narrative.

“We get to watch an incredible actor behave like a monster and we like it, we love itbecause he is so charming, and handsome,” Franco writes. “We like watching humans get beaten, and if such beatings are framed in the right way, in this case, in an important film about American history, then we will lap up all that brutality and want more. I know I did. I watched it two nights in a row. I love this film. I'm beguiled by it.”

  • LenaAFoster

    Well, at least he's going after a Phd. That it's from Yale. No big deal. That it is a Phd? No big deal. That he is a successful actor who wants to get smarter and has the drive, guts, and commitment to not only try to act smart but to also go after a Phd and get smarter when he doesn't have to? Now that is a big deal. Good for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennett.schneider Bennett Schneider

    a very thin article. it rests on a handful of quotations. an interview with him about these films would have fleshed it out with relevence

  • defdrib

    i dont think franco understood what Shame was really about

    • Michael Norris

      Ah, the classic “If you didn't like a movie I liked, you just didn't understand it” argument.

  • Hextallfan

    A man getting a blow job from a man oh how shocking? Was not the point. The movie was not for shock value in my opinion. I dont even consider him a sex addict. He was unhappy and looking for happiness through sex but he was not finding it. Sex addicts seem to derive pleasure from sex, and I did not see that in his character. Hinted was there was issues in his upbringing when his sister comes to visit. I was not a big fan of this movie but the movie was deeper then what Mr Franco is eluding to.

    Plus 12 Years a Slave is showing you the true brutality slaves endured. It is to promote sympathy in the viewer, and show them the honest truth of what happened in slavery. It is too easy to forget the brutaily that happened. And to dismiss it as “We like watching humans beat on people” is like comparing this movie to a cage fighting match.

    • undergroundman14

      It doesn't mean one is “anti-gay” but the thought of gay sex is for the average straight men, simply repulsive. As a man, I'm repulsed by the male body, I don't understand why anyone would or could be attracted to it. Why does that have to been one is “homophobic”?

      • phillipkslick

        If you're repulsed by the male body you might have some issues you want to look at. As for being repulsed by the thought of having sex with a man, you got a strong point there.

  • phillipkslick

    For a truly straight man, getting a blowjob from a man would be the seventh level of hell. And as for 12 Years, when the hell was Fassbender charming in that movie? He's completely reprehensible throughout.

  • Nick Dickens

    I don't think many people enjoy people being beaten or flogged. 12 Years a Slave is a good film, but like Saving Private Ryan it's a brutal one in places.