We know, these shots are a tease. But still sort of hot, right? This is Sean Penn and James Franco pretending it’s June in the middle of January, traipsing about during a recreation of the first Castro Street Fair, shot during one of our only sunny hours last week. And also, one of Franco by himself, shirtless. (photos care of TroublePup on Flickr)
Scenes shot this past Monday night included two historic marches that occurred after Anita Bryant-led voting defeats for gay rights in Florida and Wichita. We were especially fans of the recreated protest signage, such as “I’d Rather Fight Than Switch” and “Anita Bryant’s is a BITCH!” Emile Hirsch–who bared all in Into the Wild and is pictured below right with Sean Penn–plays Cleve Jones leading one particular rally. (photos care of The Sword and Flickr)
Jennifer of NakedSword snapped this photo of porn hunk Jack Ryan (center) with the real live Cleve Jones (left), who is serving as Historical Consultant on the film and also has a bit part as a bitter queen (he gave background to the assorted extras and imparted some Anita Bryant-vitriol before leading some chants of “Gay Rights Now” and “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Not Going Shopping”–we don’t actually understand that last one.) And then Carrie Fisher showed up, possibly to promote her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” (premiering this week at Berkeley Rep) to the assembled gay extras. Maybe she was just there for kicks, and we know she’s a friend and neighbor of Courtney Love and therefore must be pals with Gus too. (photos care of Jennifer Simpson, click to enlarge)
And lastly, we leave you with James Franco in costume as Scott Smith, yawning, and a shot of a Penn-as-Milk campaign poster.
Milk Film Shoot in Castro Tonight, Lady Jeans Discouraged
OMG They’re Making a Movie in the Castro (Photos of Milk Shoot by TroublePup on Flickr)
Milk: The Transformation of Castro Street (Towleroad)
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