James Franco (“Pineapple Express,” “Spider-Man”) has revealed to Flawed Hollywood that both he and Sean Penn will don prosthetic penises for the upcoming biopic “Milk” which Penn directs.
“Milk” tells the story of San Francisco activist and politician Harvey Milk (Penn), the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America in 1977. In the film Franco plays one of Milk’s lovers.
Franco revealed that during the half-day shoot of a scene in which he jumps in a pool naked, Penn didn’t realise he was wearing a prosthetic and when Franco asked him “you wouldn’t do a scene like this if they asked you, you wouldn’t dive into a pool naked?”, Penn responded “James, if I was built like you, I would.”
It was only later when they were filming a scene where both were dancing and naked (and both had prosthetics on) that Penn realised Franco had been donning a “Boogie Nights prosthetic” throughout all his naked scenes.
Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Lucas Grabeel, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, Denis O’Hare, and Stephen Spinella also star. The film opens on December 5th.