Just by the trailer alone, we’re already big fans of Gus Van Sant’s upcoming film Milk, starring Sean Penn and a host of other male actors in the 18-34 demographic (James Franco, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch) and the thing hasn’t even come out yet! Stoking our fire even more, this month’s Interview has a cover story featuring one of those male actors, the recently ubiquitous Mr. Franco. With Milk, Pineapple Express, last week’s SNL hosting gig, and even a small part in the weepy Nights in Rodanthe, the Nicolas Sparks adaptation coming out this weekend, Mr. Franco looks like the poor man’s 2008 Robert Downey, Jr. You can’t get away from this guy!
The interview, conducted by Mr. Van Sant while the director is poolside (at one point his dog jumps into the pool, disrupting the scattered Q&A session) is light and fluffy, but does give away some interesting Milk details. For instance, Mr. Van Sant wanted to make the film since the early ’90s and at one point he even considered Tom Cruise to play the role of Harvey Milk assassin, city councilman Dan White (Josh Brolin plays the role in the film.) Also discussed: a potential Judd Apatow film starring Mr. Franco and America’s Sweetheart, HSM-star Zac Efron. Don’t ask