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James Franco's point about gay sex gets lost in his latest vanity project because for someone so vocal, he's saying nothing

For reasons yet to be fully elucidated, James Franco – actor, writer, director, producer, painter, film-maker and aspiring poet – has an unquenchable interest in gay rights. Lately, he's been obsessing with William Friedkin's 1980 cop thriller Cruising, which starred Al Pacino as an undercover agent frequenting gay bars to solve a series of murders.

To Franco's disgust, Friedkin's treatment of "the scene" was so severe, 40 minutes had to be cut to avoid an X rating. None of the "lost" footage – which reportedly featured graphic scenes of gay sex – has ever been screened. Friedkin even received death threats, when word got out that he viewed this "other world" as dark and depraved. The victims, Franco believes, deserved better.

And so, 32 years later, Franco begins hatching an idea with a clutch of film-making friends in tow, »

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