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Posted at 8:16 AM ET, 10/ 6/2010

James Franco in drag on the cover of Candy magazine

By Liz Kelly

James Franco is a mystery wrapped in an enigma locked inside a question mark-shaped vault. Oh, and wearing lipstick. On the cover of Candy magazine, "the first transversal style magazine," Franco sports slicked back hair, a black blazer, heavy blue eyeshadow and cherry red lips. The effect is more Victor/Victoria than RuPaul:

(Photo courtesy Candy magazine)

This will doubtless again raise questions about Franco's sexuality -- he played Harvey Milk's lover in "Milk" and will play poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming "Howl." But in a recent "Advocate" interview, Franco said "Everyone thinks I'm a stoner, and some people think I'm gay because I've played these gay roles. That's what people think, but it's not true. I don't smoke pot. I'm not gay..."

"You do a movie where you're gay," said Franco's girlfriend Ahna O'Reilly in a July New York mag profile of the 32-year-old actor, "or, in James’s case, more than one, it's going to happen. I know that a lot of people wish he were gay, or think I'm not his real girlfriend. But there’s nothing you can do about that."

And, really, who would want to? At 32, he's living life on his own terms as an actor who defies stereotype, an artist, writer, perennial student (who enrolled simultaneously in four graduate school programs) and recent "General Hospital" regular.

Did I mention that we (heart) him?

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
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A Chruchill reference. Liz is not only back but back on her game! "Transversal" reminds me of automotive technology in the 80s. A technology that was abandoned because it made too much sense. But I don't think this is about cars...

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 6, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Why not? Cindy Crawford was George Washington on the inaugural issue of JFK Jr's. "George" magazine.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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