Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed earlier this week why she chose to keep James Franco on the set of The Duece following the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
When she appeared on Sway’s Universe on the 9th of October, Tuesday, Maggie dished on the story, stating that she and the rest of her team took the story “very seriously.”
After the misconduct allegations came out, Maggie and the rest of her team went around set asking other women if they felt safe and respected by James.
According to Maggie, “everyone had said that they felt totally respected by him.” Moreover, the actress explained that her show is really about misogyny and double standards in the entertainment business, including transactional sex.
For that reason, it was imperative for her to assess whether it was appropriate to have James Franco working under her wing. Maggie said the purpose of the show was to show the struggles of Candy, dealing with the issues that women face today.
HBO revealed that the 40-year-old actor who portrays Vincent and Frankie Martino had a part in the show’s second season. At the time, they said they can only speak of his reputation on set, which was immense.
In response to the charges, Franco said that he had his own side of the story. In January, in some words, Franco claimed he would hold back from telling his side of the story, due to the historical underrepresentation of women’s complaints in the media and in popular culture at large.
This comes after Busy Philipps accused Franco of pushing her over twenty years ago while co-starring in Freaks and Geeks. Later on, Busy said she used the story as a way of “illustrating a larger point,” demonstrating the way in which women are treated in the entertainment business.