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James Franco Just Explained Why He Never Watches Pornography

By Chet Dawson

James Franco has a new show coming out on HBO. The Oscar nominee plays twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino in The Deuce, along with costars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Gary Carr.

Set in 1970s New York, The Deuce delves into the rise of the pornography industry.

Us Magazine interviewed Franco about the upcoming series, and the conversation naturally drifted towards porn. 

Franco said he doesn't watch porn anymore:

I don't know if you believe me or not. I watched it in my day. I certainly watched it as research for this show. [But] I don't watch porn.

Why he abstains is noteworthy: 

I have no moralistic stand against it by any means, but in unregulated capitalism, I think that's one of the main points of our show. There's always these people, a select few who sort of come out on top and the rest are just thrown under the bus. My friend Rashida Jones came out with a documentary called 'Hot Girls Wanted' a couple of years ago and I think the main point I took away from that film is that these young women [in porn] are not protected… It's just completely unregulated. They go out to Florida and they're just sort of ground up in a matter of months and just discarded, and nobody is there to protect them. There's no laws to protect them and that is very much the case in our show as well.