James Franco Slams Gawker for "Homophobic Scoop" About Roommate Scott Haze & He's Got a Point
I never quite know how I'm supposed to feel about James Franco. There are days that I can find him almost likable if I do my best to pretend that Franco doesn't have an Instagram. There are times when he uses it for good, like when Franco joked about Dave Franco's bromance with Zach Efron, but for the most part it's a mess of creepy selfies and overly detailed nude portraits of Seth Rogen. This was another instance of Franco using his Instagram for good. After a Gawker story implied that Franco was a homosexual because he lives with his friend and co-star Scott Haze, who worked with Franco in Child of God, Franco called them out on this "homophobic scoop" in a pretty epic way.
Franco posted a screen capture of the article on Instagram along with a caption that read, "GAWKER - always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!"
Clearly Franco doesn't have a problem with people speculating about his sexuality so long as they're not rude about it, which seemed to be the case with Gawker, but Franco and Haze are far from the first male co-stars to live together without having a relationship that is, as Gawker put it, "somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic."
Here are ten big names you'd recognize who lived together at one point or another.
Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson
Early on in One Direction's career as a band, everyone had a flat of their own except best friends Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles who shared one. By 2012, the two had moved into separate places, but Tomlinson made it clear that it wasn't due to friction or any sort of fighting. Much like Franco and Haze, Styles and Tomlinson are frequently at the center of rumors about their sexuality despite the fact that Tomlinson has a longtime girlfriend and Styles has denied being bisexual.
Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick
During the first season of Gossip Girl, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford, who played Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald respectively, lived together in an apartment in Manhattan. This could have been the reason why Chuck and Nate were a lot closer in season one than they were in any season that came after it; Nate crashed on Chuck's couch so often (and regardless of whether or not Chuck had women over) that it was hard not to giggle over art imitating life there.
Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake
Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake lived together back during their Mickey Mouse Club days, which makes it all the more tragic that the pair of them are rarely if ever seen together now that they're both wildly famous and have better hair. "Ryan's mom had to stay back in Canada and my mom was his guardian for a year so he could come down and be on the show," Timberlake revealed in a Jimmy Fallon interview. Awww!
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have a bromance that is basically legendary, so it comes as no surprise to anyone that they lived together once upon a time. Admittedly, Affleck and Damon lived in the same neighborhood when they were growing up, but they took the next step and moved in together while they were working on Good Will Hunting. As anyone who has seen that movie can tell you, you can definitely read that friendly chemistry between their characters in the film.
Jonah Hill and Justin Long
Jonah Hill and Justin Long probably lived together for the shortest amount of time of any of the other bromances on this list. Apparently, it wasn't long after they moved in together that they had to separate because they were arguing like an old married couple about the smallest of things, from making a mess to doing the recycling properly. They give true credibility to the adage that you can never really know a person until you've shared a bathroom with them.
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