Actor James Franco has revealed he made his own sex tape when he was 19, and has a lot of respect for porn stars as a result.
Franco, soon to co-host the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, made the admission during a recent sit-down with Newsweek magazine.
The 127 Hours actor, invited by Newsweek to discuss his craft alongside Annette Bening, Colin Firth, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman, said making his own sex tape made him respect porn stars for the "work" they do.
Asked by Newsweek if there was a secret to a “really good on-screen kiss,” Kidman hopped into a director’s shoes and got heavily into the science of a smooch, while Franco, well, livened up proceedings with his juicy anecdote.
“I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn’t always look best,” Franco said.
“I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, ‘Oh, that looks horrible.' So you have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, they’re really selling it!”
He added: “It’s the same thing with a kiss. It’s not just the kiss that feels best, it’s an image. Something different is happening if it’s a good kiss.”
And his advice for lensing an authentic love scene? Get stuck in!
“You understand what it’s like to be intimate with someone, so you just kind of let yourself go over to that situation,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a great love scene that people would think, oh yeah, you really nailed that, so I don’t know if I’m the one to ask, but that’s what I do.”
Bening, who stars alongside Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right, had a more practical approach.
“You take the head of the person that’s actually there, and…”
Firth interjected, “You Photoshop it.”
Bening added, “You Photoshop another head! Seriously. And then you fake it.”
Watch a segment of the confab here.