A scene from James Franco’s ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ Photo Credit: Rabbit Bandini Productions.

James Franco has been making waves this year as news circulated about his indie art film project, an homage to the controversial 1979 film “Cruising,” directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino.

From IndieWire:

According to Mathews, Franco wanted to update the film, but he couldn’t get the rights. As Mathews’ gay art porn/drama “I Want Your Love” was getting press attention, Franco’s people emailed Mathews to ask him to talk about the film. Within 24 hours, they were talking.

“He knew he wanted real gay sex in it,” Travis said. “His people went looking for a filmmaker who had filmed real gay sex, and I suspect someone who would complement his vision. We talked about why we would be interested in still looking at this film. We talked about his interest in the film and his interest more broadly in so many gay-themed stories and visionairies. He’s worked with so many in front of and behind the cameras over the years.”

Mathews, who plays himself and directs, and Franco, who also plays himself and produces, decided to document the recreation of the 40 minutes that were lost from the film after an intense battle with the MPAA to change its rating from X to R.

The trailer for Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar.” was recently released (h/t Queerty). Watch it below (in case you’re wondering about safe-for-work-worthiness, there’s no nudity spare a few ultra-quick shots of a couple bare butts).

Read more about Franco’s project at IndieWire. See Queerty’s past coverage here.

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. trailer from Travis Mathews on Vimeo.

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