James Franco Compares ‘Twilight’ to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (VIDEO)

By now, most dedicated Twi-hards probably realize that they can count Milk hunk James Franco among their ranks. And now the actor/scholar/heartthrob is speaking out about what he finds so appealing about the hugely successful vampire franchise.

Regarding Stephenie Meyer’s series of books, the Howl actor notes that it’s fascinating to consider how the undead would fit into the high-school environment, and how their status as perhaps the ultimate outsiders serves as an amped-p surrogate for run-of-the-mill teen angst:

“I’m interested in the metaphor of the vampire placed in the high school setting and how a relationship with a vampire can stand in for general feelings that people have as teenagers. And the obsession people have with that is also fascinating to me.”

And as for how Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner play out that drama on the big screen? Franco finds parallels between the Twilight movies and the 2005 Oscar-winning gay-cowboy flick Brokeback Mountain:

“There will be a scene where the go-to guys, Taylor and Rob, are in the tent, it’s almost like a Brokeback Mountain scene, where the two guys are talking in a tent and the girl is asleep, and they’re having, like, this romantic moment almost through her, in a way. One of them says, ‘Well, I’m hotter than you,’ and it’s almost like they’re winking at the fans, like to the Team Jacob or the Team Edwards.”

No wonder the fans just can’t quit them.

Watch Franco lay out his theory in the video below:

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