James Franco, favourite of the liberal left, announced earlier in the week that he is going to make a documentary about the porn industry. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the star once shot a sex tape with his girlfriend, but was so disappointed with the result, he vowed never to make another one. The experience gave him a new respect for porn stars – because they really know how to sell sex.

Speaking on the US chat-show, Conan O’Brien he apparently said: “Those people in pornos, they are great performers; they’re not just doing it, they’re selling it to an audience. … They’re performing so that an audience can get turned on by that kinda thing.

“My girlfriend and I didn’t know that, so it was just kinda like weird movement. … It was really boring.”

The Guardian took up the story yesterday, oddly describing it as the ‘latest in a series of weird movements from Franco’ (which sounds like a doctor monitoring an overactive bowel).

We’ll see what the final film – if made- actually consists of but the positive porn angle that Franco seems to be going for is clearly unusual. Guardianistas would no doubt prefer a flat condemnation of pornography but Franco seems to recognise that some porn represents a skill – it’s more than simply filming people having sex, there is an erotic performance an that is worthy of comment and analysis.
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