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James Franco recently sat down with "The Daily Beast" to discuss -- in true Franco style -- everything under the sun. Much of what he says is articulate and thoughtful. This includes his recurring career fascination with gay characters, his image as an artist who refuses to be pigeon-holed, the "Consider This Shit" Oscar campaign (see below) for his "Spring Breakers" character and more. Interview highlights below. Ever prolific, Franco has had three films release this year: Faulkner adaptation "As I Lay Dying" (review here), documentary "Interior. Leather Bar" (review here), and the Sal Mineo biopic "Sal," which hit theaters November 1. He also headlined "Oz the Great and Powerful" and gave that brilliantly bizarre performance in Harmony Korine's "Springbreakers." And he turned to crowdfunding. Busy year. On the many gay roles he's played and gay projects he's undertaken:It’s not like it’s my mission to tell the stories »

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