Zachary Quinto On 'Provocateur' James Franco
Stars playing gay lovers in forthcoming movie Michael...
James Franco has been called a lot of things in his time, not all of them flattering.
And now Zachary Quinto has labelled the maverick movie star a "provocateur", in a good way of course.
Quinto, best-known as Spock in the new Star Trek movies, plays Franco's gay lover in a forthcoming film called Michael.
And he's told HuffPost Live that he thinks there's a serious purpose behind Franco's mischief-making.
"My feeling about James, in particular, is that he's someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue, and his personal position or perspective on something is almost less important to him than in what that position he adopts will generate in other people. And I think he's a provocateur in that way."
And he brushed off criticism of Franco for getting involved in gay issues as a straight man.
"I think it's certainly an issue in society today that warrants provocative discussion," he said.
"I think it's like political issues, like social issues, like spiritual or religious issues—people are probably more comfortable not talking about them, right?
"So I feel like putting it out there, and putting it out there in different ways, is something that's interesting and something that I don't think people should shy away from. I have respect for that. I think it's what you do with the dialogue once it's generated that becomes important to our culture."
The pair are the leads in a biopic of activist Michael Glatze, who led a group for young gays but later renounced homosexuality.