Jon Hamm and James Franco star in the upcoming Allen Ginsberg biopic 'Howl,' and they spoke to E! News this weekend at Sundance about marriage equality in relation to the obscenity trial at the center of the movie.
Half a century ago moralizers set out to ban the poem 'Howl' because of its homosexual references, and Hamm and Franco see similarities between that trial and the ongoing efforts to limit marriage equality that came to a head with the passage of Proposition 8.
"There's a line in the movie [that says] 'I think that publicity engendered by this trial is going to bring this poem to a much wider audience than it ever would have had,'" Hamm said. "I think that argument can certainly be made for the Prop 8 situation, where publicity engendered by all this brings to light the absurdity of ascribing second-class status to an entire group of people."
Said Franco, who plays Ginsberg: "Like I said before when Milk was coming out, I hope we'll get to a time soon where we'll look back and say, 'I can't believe that we were discriminating against this whole group of people and saying, 'You don't have the same rights as everybody else.' I hope that the time comes very, very soon, when we can all look back and say that was ridiculous."
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