If you're looking for a good bakery to get your mom the perfect cake for Mother's Day this year, don't ask James Franco.
The "Spring Breakers" actor, who turned 35 on April 19, posted a pic this week to his WhoSay page of the very racy red confection he received, topped with fondant versions of sex toys including a whip, strap-on, ball gag, and more (we'll let you see for yourself).
"Miami bday," Franco wrote beneath the photo. In addition to the word "James," a few other first names can be spotted on the cake, including "Travis," referring to filmmaker Travis Matthews, who collaborated with Franco on the hour-long film "Interior. Leather Bar.," which Franco co-directed and stars in. The movie "imagines" the 40 minutes of gay S&M footage that were rumored to be cut from the controversial 1980 film "Cruising" in order to avoid an X rating. Got all that?
The cake was ordered by Cassandra Simon (whose name is one of those written in icing), a supporter of the 15th Annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. "She wanted an S&M theme, so that's what we came up with," Susy Santana, co-owner of Miami's Caked by Two bake shop, which created the concoction, tells omg!. The racy baked good was then served at a private event at the film fest, which Franco attended. "He loved it. He got a big kick out of it," Santana shares.
Franco made the trip to South Florida specifically for the festival (which runs through May 5), where he was given the HBO Latin America Ally Award over the weekend. "The Ally Award recognizes Mr. James Franco for his contribution to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes," the film fest organizers said via the event's website. "Mr. Franco has helped the LGBT community in its struggle for equality while also questioning our own personal limitations on the use of sex and sexuality in film."
In addition to "Interior. Leather Bar.," Franco starred in Gus Van Sant's "Milk" as the boyfriend of gay politician Harvey Milk. Though Franco, who is straight, admits that playing gay characters was, for a long time, something that was seen as harmful to an actor's career, that hasn't been the case for him. "I find that it hasn't hurt me at all, and even if it did hurt me, it wouldn't deter me from doing the kinds of projects that I want to do," he recently told the South Florida Gay News.
He also spoke about his interest in portraying homosexual characters in a 2010 interview with The Advocate. "I'm going to do projects that I want to do. Everyone thinks I'm a stoner, and some people think I'm gay because I've played these gay roles," he said. "That's what people think, but it's not true. I don't smoke pot. I'm not gay. But on another level, there's something in me that is able to play roles like that in a way that's convincing."
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