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James Franco Shows His Love For Porn Stars


Most people have respect for the timeless art of acting and the actors that deliver this break from everyday life allowing us the luxury to sit back and be entertained. It requires nothing from the audience other than their enjoyment of the actor's honed craft. But when one thinks of high theater and classically trained skill, it rarely calls porn to mind. But not if you're Golden Globe nominee and Oscars host, James Franco.

That's right! Franco has officially come out and revealed that porn stars are the actors he respects the most? But why? Maybe because he actually tried to once emulate one. In an interview with Newsweek, Franco said, “I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn’t always look best.” Ah, so true! Well – e'hem – I've heard. He continued, “I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, oh, that looks horrible.”

Listen, on screen sex albeit still a social taboo in this country, should be treated like any other scene you watch and judge. If two actors exchange non-believable dialogue, chances are we will think it was a bad scene or if it happens throughout the whole movie – a bad movie. If two actors are exchanging sexual intercourse, and they make us believe that it was real, well then that should be considered a good scene. To appreciate a sex scene and unbiasedly judge it for what it really is, you need to take out the stereotypical 'I shouldn't be watching this unless I'm a creepy horny person sitting alone in my dark home awkwardly hunched in front of my computer screen casting the only light in the room next to a bottle of Jergens' aspect. Franco happens to agree and said, “[Porn stars] are really not just doing it, they’re really selling it. It’s the same thing with a kiss. It’s not just the kiss that feels best, it’s an image. Something different is happening if it’s a good kiss.”

I'll be the first to admit that pornography – especially in this uptight country – will never have mass acceptance or appeal in everyday media. However, I am impressed that porn stars themselves seem to be getting more notoriety and publicity. Years ago it was Ron Jeremy. And I've yet to meet a person that hasn’t seen Tommy Lee “show his appreciation” for Pamela Anderson on that boat. Now, we have the girls of Playboy who continue to make a huge splash in the reality TV pool.

Say what you will about porn stars... you have to hand it to them... Plenty of us have described our work situation by saying, “It's just a fu**ing job.” But they're the only ones that mean it literally. I guess no matter how well you do in the porn industry, it seems your career is always “up and coming.”

(Image from Newsweek)

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