Actor-director James Franco discussed his fascination with queer culture in this month's Rolling Stone cover story.

Franco, who has played gay numerous times (Milk, Wild Horses, Howl, I Am Michael) and fanned rumors about his sexuality – “I'm gay up to the point of intercourse,” he said last year, suggested that heterosexual storylines are stale.

“When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favorites was on queer cinema,” he said. “We've told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere. I think it's healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That's what an artist should do.”

Franco added that he's benefited from the rumors about this sexuality.

“One of the nice things about all the speculation is that it's a smokescreen,” Franco said. Rolling Stone added that it's a way for him to hide out in plain sight.