By Malissa Rogers
Dave Franco stars in a new movie about love and zombies next month. The 27-year-old brother of James Franco, Dave discusses his acting career, his gay following and his famous brother in an exclusive interview with Pride Source.
Due to be released in February, Dave fights zombies in the comedic film adaptation of the best-selling book “Warm Bodies,” also starring Nicholas Hoult of a “A Single Man.” According to Dave, there is an underlying subtext to the movie that delves into the idea that love is boundless and knows no sex or race, or even the difference between life and death.
“If you take the zombie element out of the movie, it is still this coming-of-age movie about this outsider who is trying to find himself and eventually does through love,” Dave said. “It does speak to the fact that it doesn't matter what your race or your sexual orientation is. Sometimes you can't explain a connection that works.”
In addition to his new role, Dave writes and creates skits for his web-based show “Funny or Die.” His viral videos are often times homoerotic and primarily x-rated. But the show has drawn a massive following from the gay community.
“At this point, I'm so happy that anyone is even aware of me or is a fan of me. It's still something that I don't think I'll ever get used to,” Dave said. “From just what I've heard and what I've observed, the gay community, when they revolve toward someone or something or a movie, they come full force and they tell everyone about it. Tell me if I'm wrong.”
Dave has attributed his following in the gay community to his ability to be comfortable enough with his sexuality and his attraction to unique projects that he “is actually passionate about.”
“I know a huge audience is going to think that I am gay," he said. "I'm just trying to blur the lines, I guess. I'm not consciously trying to do that, but it's not something I think about. Like with my friends who are gay, it's not like that's the first thing I associate with them. They're just another friend, and they just happen to like guys.”
Both of the Franco brothers have explored homosexuality within their careers - Dave in the 2007 indie “After Sex” and James in a number of films, including Milk and his new art film “Interior, Leather Bar." The two also co-starred together in the film “Broken Tower.” Another movie starring both of them in the future hasn’t been ruled out of their plans and Dave suggested in the interview that the two brothers may work together soon.
“I love my brother and I respect him so much, but in general, I have been trying to distance myself from him just in terms of work, because I need to kind of carve my own path at this point. I don't want to be referred to as ‘James Franco's little brother’ for the rest of my life,” Dave added. "He is creating so many of his own projects and he asks me to be a part of them and I would love to - but at this point, I just need to distance myself from him work-wise.”
Although Dave’s take on homosexuality is riddled with humor while James’ roles are more politically motivated, he believes the commonality in their decisions to act in gay roles is based on how dedicated both are to any role they take on.
“There's nothing subtle, I guess, about how we embrace gay culture - and there basically are no boundaries. We both push the envelope,” Dave said. “I don't know why a lot of what we create deals with that subject matter. I get asked that all the time, and I'm not consciously thinking to myself, ‘I'm gonna make these sexually explicit gay videos.’ It just comes through us for some reason.”
Read the full interview on Pride Source here.