James Franco stars with Sean Penn in the biopic Milk about gay activist Harvey Milk. In the film, James was supposed to just share a kiss with Sean. But, as a guy who wants to get deep, real deep, into a character, Sean Penn expanded the scene just a tad, according to Page Six:
“In the original script I read, there was only one real kissing scene,” Franco tells next month’s Elle. “A month after [director] Gus [Van Sant] asked me to do it, they sent me another script, and on Page 5 there was a full-on love scene. And I was like, ‘Gus, what the heck?’ He says, ‘Well, it was Sean’s idea.’ “
Seriously, folks, in this post-Brokeback Mountain Hollywood, when will actors learn that playing gay men no longer entails simply snapping your fingers and saying “Oh, no, he di’int” at the end of every scene. These days, I don’t care if it’s an extra special episode of Sesame Street, chances are the script calls for butt sex. Which explains Elmo’s new handlebar mustache.