Related | Gallery: James Franco & ’s David Simon, it stars Franco playing two very different brothers—frequently in the same scene—and Maggie Gyllenhaal as a sex worker transitioning into adult films.
Franco, who signed on to the series on the condition that he also get to direct three episodes, sat down to chat sex, crime, and punishment with the legendary author and longtime New York resident Edmund White. James Franco: I’ve been learning to surf, and now I’m at the International Dance Academy on Hollywood Boulevard, about to take my hip-hop lesson. I was very work-addicted, and addicted to other things—not substances, I got over that a long time ago—but I’ve recently changed my life, and this is part of my therapy.
David Simon’s porn is politics and corruption, right? And he said, “I want to make this show about peep shows and the sex trade and the rise of the gay community post-Stonewall, but I’m not going to give them what they want.” So many people want to do shows about porn, but they’re all sort of gratuitous.
They wear fancy business suits, slinky peignoirs and thigh-high stockings while they sit - all alone - and chat it up.
So fellas, if she says she's wearing a silk kimono and four-inch heels, she just may be telling the truth! I didn't want to get into a phone sex gig with a bunch of rules.
"I love a man that knows what he wants - someone who isn't afraid to act out his fantasies with me.
I love a man that is a gentleman when we go to dinner, but when I take him up to my apartment he rips my clothes off.