Six Bisexual Things about the Film,“The Interview”
Originally published on bimagazine.org
There has been a huge amount of controversy surrounding the release of the Columbia Pictures film, ‘The Interview” starring James Franco and Seth Rogan because of the political issues that are part of the script. But even without the international political conflict, there would be plenty to talk about once the movie came out. This buddy-buddy film has a lot of homoerotic moments that are closer than the usual “bro-moments” that you’d see in the “Harold & Kumar” or “Hangover” films.
This takes it to a whole new level.
First of all, star James Franco has always teased the public with his private sex life, and he’s played bisexual characters all the way back to his breakthrough role as James Dean. He was teased by friends about it on the Comedy Central roast for him, and at his art show he said he believed that sexuality is fluid, saying, “We’re all something in between, floating like angels.”
Without giving any serious spoilers (much of this happens in the first 10 minutes), here are a few of the bisexual moments in the movie:
1. Eminem “comes out”
In the film, rapper Eminem talks about his lyrics from “Medicine Ball” on Relapse: “I said nice rectum, I had a vasectomy, Hector / So you can’t get pregnant if I bisexually wreck ya.” He says, Hector was real, and that “I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo for years. I’ve pretty much been leaving a gay bread crumb trail.”
2. Kim Jong-un’s speculates about his “gay behavior”
Franco’s character in the film catches the Supreme Leader of North Korean liking Katy Perry music and embarrassed about sipping margaritas. His father thought he was gay because he liked the sweet margaritas, he tells Franco’s character, who replies, “If liking Katy Perry and sipping margaritas is gay, then who wants to be straight.”
3. An Extreme Bro-mance
Seth Rogen and James Franco are very good friends in real life, and in this the characters of the TV star and the TV show producer are close to the point that they take vacations together, say “I love you” to each other a lot and kiss each other fully on the mouth.
4. The Characters aren’t sure who Rogen slept with
After a night of partying, the Rogen and Franco characters are spread out on the furniture. Without saying what gender he may have had sex with the night before, Franco’s character says, “I don’t know who I f—– last night but my d— has a stank on it.”He reaches in his pants to smell it and says he likes the smell and in the very next scene, Rogen’s character points out a protrusion in his buddy’s pants.
5. Describing porn that sounds very “gay”
When making an analogy to a porn movie, Franco’s character describes an adult movie, and the “money shot” and facials, and it turns out he’s talking about a group of guys together, even motioning the acts with two imaginary men. Finally, Rogen’s character exclaims, “What kind of porno are you watching?”
6. A lot of butt talk
Not only is there a need to hide a missile-shaped device in his posterior, but Rogen’s character is encouraged by his friend Franco who says, “Look, I’ve been there, and it will be lubed up with tiger blood.”