SAN FRANCISCO—Actor James Franco made a porn fool of himself last night on Conan, in a good way. The hot commodity talked about a misguided sex tape escapade in his youth, mentioned his high regard for the talent porn performers bring to the screen, and also said in passing that he is making a documentary on alternative sexuality producer and San Francisco Armory owner, Kink.com, whose founder, Peter Acworth, bought the historic building in 2006.
Screech… back up. What was that?
“I’m making a documentary about pornography,” he told O'Brien. “There’s this amazing facility in San Francisco. It’s at this old armory and they do everything in house, they build their props in house, so I’m making a documentary about that.”
As AVN (and a few others) have reported, Franco will soon be seen in a based-on-a-true-story movie titled Cherry co-penned by adult performer Lorelei Lee that was shooting up in S.F. in May, and we hypothesize that they may have spent a few days shooting scenes at the Kink Armory, which would explain, as IndieWire.com reported, “A tweet from Kink.com actress rain degrey from June 26 read: ‘Kink.com is all aflutter today because James Franco is here shooting his new movie. All these girls want to f*ck him! lol.’ However, the tweet was later deleted.”
Regarding his impression of porn performers, Franco told O'Brien, ““Those people in pornos, they’re great performers. They’re selling it to an audience.” He added, of the sex tape, “My girlfriend and I didn’t know that, so there was just this weird movement. That’s not sexy at all. That’s really, like, boring.” This is not the first time Franco has weighed in on porn star's unique 'marketing' skills. In January, he again spoke about porn performer's ability to "sell it."
If he’s really making the Kink.com doc, it’s a safe bet it will not be boring.
AVN contacted Acworth about the documentary and heard back from him in late afternoon. "Kink is very excited about the prospect of working with James Franco,' he said. “The details are still being ironed out, but we're very much looking forward to it."
So are we!
Photo: John Franco (l.) and Peter Acworth outside the Kink.com Armory in San Francisco