James Franco Channels Robert Mapplethorpe For GQ Germany [PHOTOS]

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James Franco kisses and flirts with himself.
I’m guessing this was some prep work for James Franco. The actor posed as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe for the latest issue of GQ Germany.

Franco will portray Mapplethrope in the long-gestating film biography of the controversial photographer. This will be will be the latest LGBT character Franco will play on screen. The versatile actor has previously portrayed James Dean, Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Milk’s boyfriend Scott Smith, and poet Hart Crane.

The Washington Post reports that among the films being featured at Tribeca includes one made by James Franco while he was moonlighting on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. Described as an “experimental psychological thriller” about “a celebrity’s escalating paranoia.”

It’s called Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is). Co-directed by Franco and Ian Olds, the film (which premiered at the Rotterdam International Festival) uses footage Franco shot while appearing on General Hospital.

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