James Franco Reflects on Watching Male Prostitute Have Sex

In 2010, James Franco has been the gift that keeps on giving, and this time it comes in form of male prostitution. In a televised interview with James Lipton for 'Inside the Actors Studio,' Franco reflects on the time when, researching a role, he ended up watching a gigolo have sex with a man.

"I found this guy that was kind of a perfect model," Franco said. "He claimed to service both males and females. He took me on one of his jobs."

At the time, Franco was studying for his role in 'Sonny,' where he played a male prostitute. To get a grasp for the part, Franco shadowed a gigolo in the back of a strip club, but things went a little further than he anticipated.

He says, ‘Oh, you’re playing a male prostitute? You wanna do some real research? Come with me right now.’ And I said, ‘Well I’m not gonna do anything…’ and he said, ‘Aw, this guy’s so coked out of his mind, he won’t even know you’re there. Just sit in the chair in the corner and take your shirt off and it’ll be fine.’

"It went down. Everything went down, as you see in the movies and hear about. The eerie thing is, it was like a movie, but it wasn't a movie -- it was the real thing, happening in front of me."