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co-pro­duced the project, sus­tains his oft-on­screen queer­ness, star­ring as a ri­val pro­ducer.

Read on for the ex-Mouseke­teer’s thoughts on study­ing Cor­ri­gan’s ‘fas­ci­nat­ing’ porn videos and the vi­sion Clay­ton had for his con­trac­tu­ally agreed-upon butt shot.

How much trep­i­da­tion did you have tak­ing on some­one as con­tro­ver­sial – in the porn world at least – as Brent Cor­ri­gan?

I didn’t know what to ex­pect at first be­cause you don’t know if you’re go­ing to have a team of peo­ple who will be re­ally re­spect­ful and take care of you or a group of peo­ple who are there to ex­ploit you and make money off of how good you’ll be. I couldn’t have asked for more, es­pe­cially jump­ing into such a con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject.

What was your process for em­body­ing Brent’s man­ner­isms dur­ing the porn scenes?

You want to watch some­one’s work and study the way they’re into some­body or not. How do they kiss? Do they bite? Do they like biting lips? Do they like us­ing more tongue? Are they more ag­gres­sive in their work? Does he play the vic­tim? I tried to look at all those things. And even watch­ing that YouTube chan­nel that he wanted to have for a minute – those videos were in­ter­est­ing to watch just be­cause there are lit­tle things in there too. How is he when he speaks to his au­di­ence? What’s his body lan­guage like when he’s talk­ing about some­thing he’s com­fort­able with ver­sus un­com­fort­able with? ‘King Co­bra’ star Gar­rett Clay­ton (Photo cour­tesy of IFC)

At one of the film fes­ti­vals some­body asked me and Justin what our fa­vorite video of his was, and even though mine doesn’t sound as ex­cit­ing, it’s the more fas­ci­nat­ing one. It’s the first video he did with Bryan where he’s ly­ing in the lawn. No­body knew at that time that he was 17, and I was just sur­prised that there are so many sites that still have that video on­line. It’s crazy. And to see him as a 17-year-old do­ing this, and the fact that I can find it on­line – I lit­er­ally just typed in “Brent Cor­ri­gan first video” and a bunch of dif­fer­ent web­sites came up. I just think it was fas­ci­nat­ing to watch some­body at that age do­ing what they’re do­ing. To me, that was the most in­ter­est­ing piece of work be­cause, I mean, how could it not be?

How was your nu­dity con­tract es­tab­lished for this film?

I spoke to Justin about what I would agree to do, and it was: If you dis­cuss with me first and I can un­der­stand log­i­cally why the nu­dity is a sex­ual act that can pro­mote the plot in this scene, then I’ll do it. When I’m in the shower, it’s a sign he’s be­com­ing com­fort­able with his sex­u­al­ity. The mon­tage is show­ing him be­com­ing a star. At the end, I have my butt shot and, funny enough, that was my idea be­cause Justin and me kept talk­ing, say­ing, “When are we go­ing to do the butt shot?” be­cause (Cor­ri­gan is) known for his butt. And I was watch­ing and I said, “Why don’t we make him get­ting the tat­too like own­er­ship of self and be­ing able to do what he wants to do with his body? If we show his ass at the end and we see there’s a tat­too on it, now he can do what he wants to do with his body and he has con­trol over his life and where he’s go­ing.”

Be­cause you’re play­ing gay in this movie, is there pres­sure to ac­knowl­edge your own sex­u­al­ity? And how do you re­act to peo­ple who crit­i­cize you for not do­ing so?

I mean, they prob­a­bly would feel a lot dif­fer­ently if peo­ple were call­ing them and say­ing, “So tell me: What you do in your bed­room ev­ery day?” This is my job. And I’m happy to pro­mote my work. And I’m happy to stand up for things I be­lieve in. If peo­ple can’t see the pos­i­tiv­ity in that, then I think that’s up to them. You can have Mother Teresa giv­ing food out and some­body will find some­thing neg­a­tive to say.

I moved out to LA to have a ca­reer where I got to play char­ac­ters and fo­cus on work and do all these awe­some things, and I’m get­ting to do that now. I just don’t think it’s per­ti­nent to talk about my per­sonal life. I don’t think it adds to the work; it just dis­tracts from it.

I’m sup­port­ive of an open-minded life­style and let­ting peo­ple do what they want to do with their lives, so it’s nice to be able to do an­other, dif­fer­ent type of role. Act­ing is about step­ping out of body and get­ting to see dif­fer­ent lives and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent things, and I got to do that in this movie.

One thing I even took away from this: I gained a lot more sym­pa­thy for peo­ple who work in the adult in­dus­try. A lot of times so­ci­ety is so harsh on peo­ple who do work in porn, and they’re so judged and scru­ti­nized, and yet they’re so ac­cepted be­cause porn drives the in­ter­net, and peo­ple watch it so con­sis­tently, and it’s a multi-bil­lion­aire dol­lar in­dus­try. When you’re done work­ing in it, though, peo­ple shun you. They just treat peo­ple who work in this in­dus­try poorly, and yet they’re watch­ing them alone in their bed­room, sup­port­ing them. You can’t pick and choose. You ei­ther are open-minded, or you’re not.

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