James Franco thought Michael Fassbender’s “shame” was offensive to the gay community


Shame is one of Michael Fassbender’s most iconic and controversial films. The film saw the actor collaborate with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, and followed an addict whose life is spiraling out of control due to his addiction. Due to its purpose, Shame contains plenty of graphic scenes that have garnered both its fair share of criticism and praise from critics.

A reviewer of James Franco, however, lambasted the film for what he saw as a misrepresentation of the gay community.

James Franco | Taylor Hill / WireImage

Before disappearing from Hollywood, Franco served as a film critic and movie star. The actor was inspired once to write a review for McQueen’s Oscar-winning film 12 years of slavery for Vice. In his review, he praised McQueen and Fassbender for their work. He also decided to give his opinion on the previous McQueen and Fassbender film, Shame.

In his review, Franco criticized the film’s portrayal of the gay community. In Shame, the character of Fassbender visits a gay club, where sexual acts take place. But Franco disputed the images used in the scene.

“It’s described as the seventh level of hell,” Franco wrote according to Indiewire. “I mean, it goes back to the horrible portrayal of gays in the 70s, where the gay club was supposed to mean anything dark and depraved.”

He also criticized the film’s vision of sex and addiction. Not necessarily because of the more graphic scenes in the film, but because Franco does not agree that what was presented in the film could constitute an addiction.

“He wasn’t that addicted in my opinion, however,” Franco said. “I mean, what did he do?” Watch porn and fuck a handful of people a week? I could name quite a few people who do that.

Ironically, one of the reasons Franco hasn’t been seen so much lately is due to allegations of sexual misconduct that he took advantage of women.

What happened to James Franco?

Franco has rarely been seen since allegations emerged that he took advantage of aspiring Hollywood actors. According to the Los Angeles Times, five women had accused The artist of disaster star of misconduct. He was specifically targeted by his former students who turned to Franco for advice.

One of his students claimed that there had been an incident where Franco wanted his students to take off their shirts. When they didn’t comply, Franco stormed off the set.

“I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and merit,” said Hilary Dusome, who was a former student of Franco. “I don’t think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he took a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process.”

“He just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger,” said another student. “We were all these up-and-coming players who had so much hope.”

James Franco finally settled out of court over allegations

For his alleged misconduct, Franco ended up settling the lawsuit for $ 2.2 million, which the LA Times reported paying accusers Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal.

Although they’ve settled the charges, it looks like Hollywood is still keeping its distance from Franco for the time being. Recently, even his own frequent collaborator, Seth Rogen, said he never plans to work with the actor again.

Busy Phillips had also claimed that Franco created uncomfortable situations around them. Philips wrote about how Franco took her breath away on the set of the show, Freaks & Geeks. These claims have widened the wedge between Franco and Hollywood.

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