I’m a Porn Star: Gay for Pay documentary

I'm a Porn Star Gay for Pay by Charlie David

A large number of the men working in gay porn identify as straight. This documentary explores the fascinating world of guys who go Gay for Pay.

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When did straight actors start playing gay for pay?

Over the past century of western cinema, we’ve seen a steady increase in representation of LGBTQ characters, but there’s long been a taboo against playing these ‘gay4pay’ roles, for fear of being typecast. In the 1950s to 1970s, it could be a career killer to play gay, and few actors or studios were willing to take the risk.

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Most examples we have were either studio films where the queer characters were villains or independent ventures by boundary-pushing filmmakers. In the 1980s, films with gay story lines were often indistinguishable from activism, and often reflected characters coming to terms with new HIV transmission and AIDS.

Gay for Pay Philadelphia

In the 1990s and 2000s, a curious change began to take place. A-list Hollywood actors began to selectively play gay characters.  And it wasn’t about playing gay for pay.  Playing gay was associated with a new adjective – brave.

The TV series Melrose Place had a straight actor playing gay for pay in the early 1990’s – a rarity.

Doug Savant starred as Matt Fielding on a FOX series titled Melrose Place from 1992 to 1997.  I remember this story line very well as it was one of the first openly gay characters on mainstream television.

This depiction of a gay person  was scrutinized and censored by the network.  For example,  a kiss between Matt and guest star Ty Miller during the finale of season two was edited out at the last minute by FOX. 

Doug Savant left the series after five seasons and, a year later, his character was killed off-screen in a car crash.

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Gay for Pay Interview with the Vampire-Pitt Cruise 1994

In the 1994 film, Interview with the Vampire, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt play a homosexual vampire couple although the word gay is never used in the film.  Any LGBTQ person who has read the book or watched the film knows these guys are more than just best buddies who spent several centuries together! 

The actors playing gay for pay were most often straight-identified men who were lauded with praise for tackling brave roles. That word, brave, has always struck a chord with me and most often, a dissonant one.

Why for a straight man who is an actor, who makes believe for a living, is it brave to take on a gay role? What is it about exploring the idea of love, intimacy and sexual excitement causes a wall of fear to be thrown up, a wall so high that only the most courageous would attempt to climb?

Suddenly, the tides were shifting. Everyone wanted a gay4pay role on their resume.  It was now a badge of honor for straight actors to go gay for pay, and many wanted to join the ranks of Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Brad Pitt, Eric McCormack, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

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The floodgates were open and it was exciting, but still confounding to chat with straight actors at auditions who would say things like, “Oh, yeah, I play a serial killer, so why not do a gay for pay role?”

Catch that?  Playing a gay role was associated with playing a serial killer.  Decades later and the queers are still being villainized in common conversation, often unintentionally.  I’m sure comments like this come with the best intentions, they’re just most often uninformed. 

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Today, it seems we’ve finally reached the point where it’s no longer breaking news when an actor tackles a gay for pay role, regardless of their personal stated or still often unstated sexuality.

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Intrigue has refocused online into the world of pornography. Curiously, there is a disproportionate percentage of men working in gay porn who identify as straight. Why would a straight man do gay4pay porn?

What motivates him to try this or make a career out of it?  Why is there such keen interest and debate into the sexuality and personal lives of these men?

And what does it say about us, the viewer, that so much of gay porn is dominated by images of straight men? Are there shades of internalized homophobia emerging?

Why might we be turned off if the man on screen looks, sounds or behaves in a way that is identifiably queer?

To try and answer some of these questions, we interviewed men from some of the most popular and prolific studios, which fetishize straight men.  Performers like Will Braun, Dennis West, and Justin Bryant Adams.  I also spoke with gay performers like Eddie Stone, Brent Everett, Alex Mecum, and Diego Sans about their experiences working with straight guys.

We also hit the streets of Toronto and San Diego to test the curiosity and opinions of the public. Welcome to the curious, surprising and always outspoken world of straight men who go gay for pay.

I invite you to watch I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay and join in the conversation.  I always love to hear your reactions so please be sure to rate, review and comment wherever you rent or purchase the documentary.

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Director’s Statement – I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay

Curiously there are a disproportionate percentage of men working in gay porn who identify as straight.  This is called working as a gay for pay or gay4pay performer.  But why would a straight man do gay porn?

I’m a filmmaker. My job is to provoke you to think and hopefully start a conversation after watching my work. In my opinion, it’s not my responsibility to tell you what your opinion should be.

Instead of emulating Sally Field (“You like me. You really like me!”) I’d rather the subjects of my films make you uncomfortable. Love them, hate them – doesn’t matter to me. Just consider them.

As wise old Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

I was asked by a TV network to make a documentary about straight men working in gay for pay porn. There are reams of digital 0 and 1s filling cyber space with people arguing, guessing, colluding, and fantasizing about what the real sexuality of these men are.

That doesn’t actually interest me and I’ll be blunt here and suggest it shouldn’t intrigue you either. That conversation is about putting a label on a person. It’s our responsibility as a society to stop reducing each other to labels and they are many – fat, slut, white, black, poor, privileged, straight, queer – you get the point.

I hope I can poke your curiosity beyond firing up your labeling machine and to an arena that considers broader questions like…

What does it say about us, the viewer that so much of gay porn is dominated by images of straight men? Are there shades of internalized homophobia emerging?

Why are so many young people considering porn as part of their career or financial paths?

What are the ramifications of straight producers, directors and performers making gay for pay porn?

Does this entertainment accurately reflect our bedrooms?  Does it need to?

Is it a mockery to have straight men doing gay for pay porn? Or is it an example of how far acceptance and visibility for LGBTQ people have come?

Is this the entertainment the gay porn audience wants or is it simply what’s being offered?

To answer these questions the documentary interviews men from some of the most popular and prolific studios that feature straight men. Gay performers also add their perspective about working with straight guys.

Please watch the documentary, consider these questions and then comment. Let’s start a conversation. Let the 0 and 1s fly!

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Find out more about Director Charlie David here.

Director Charlie David discusses his film Positive Youth.

Did you know that I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay is actually a sequel?  You can watch the first film, I’m a Porn Star here.

 

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Felice Stevens author of The Arrangement

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Hi friends! This week I’d like to introduce you to author Felice Stevens. I recently worked on the audio production of her book, The Arrangement.

 
And now we have two new collaborations in the works. I narrate my fair share of MM romance and what I’ve appreciated about Felice’s work is how she draws nuanced and flawed characters. There’s always a bigger challenge at play besides getting into bed – children, mental illness, dogs that need to be rescued, dealing with families and friends who haven’t quite come around to acceptance.

 

Of course Felice does pretty well once her characters get into the bedroom as well. Or the hallway. Or the stairwell. Or the taxi. Or the nightclub. I really, really want a sex life as exciting as what her men get up to!

 

When you sign up for my newsletter you can expect to receive a mix of interviews with authors, filmmakers and actors I work with as well as exclusive photos and video from some of my upcoming work.

 

I’ve shared a little about Felice Stevens and her new book The Arrangement below. She’s even offering the first chapter of the audiobook as a free download when you sign up for her newsletter and select ‘Charlie David’ from the drop down menu of how you found her – so make sure to do that. Then I can do what I love to do – tell you a story!

 

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

 

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

 

Sign up for Felice’s newsletter and pick Charlie David’s newsletter from the drop down menu in answer to “How Did You Find Me.” and you will receive a download link for the first chapter of the audiobook of The Arrangement.

 

Reviewers have called The Arrangement, A sexy, heartfelt and romantic story and a moving MM story with a lot of heart and some angst.

 

The Arrangement is a 2016 Rainbow Awards top ten finalist and received an Honorable Mention. It has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and over five hundred 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads.

CHARLIE DAVID’S CORNER

When asked what my job is, my face generally scrunches up as I try to figure out the best way to describe what it is I do. I write, produce, and direct. Sometimes books, sometimes documentaries, television or films. I think the best description hasn’t changed much from what I wanted to be as a kid – a storyteller.

 

I follow my curiosity in my creativity and it takes me to some pretty awesome places. Right now I’m directing a documentary miniseries on open relationships and polyamory. Up next is a scripted miniseries titled Shadowlands that is based on a book of short stories in the psychological thriller/paranormal world.

 

This week I’d like to share the first episode of a series titled Coming Out that was filmed in Montreal, one of the cities I call home. As you likely know, Montreal is a city woven of many cultures and languages including Greek, Yiddish, Arabic, Russian, and English but the most commonly used is French. I invite you to watch the first episode of our series which spans two seasons. Don’t worry if you don’t speak French – I’ve included English subtitles!

 

 

COMING OUT is a twenty-four episode series following the explosive lives, loves and losses of an intermingled group of Montréalers as they confront the subject of difference. Managing a modern relationship can be a mess.

 

Single? Attached? Married? Divorced? Open? Closed? The most common answer is ‘It’s complicated.’

 

Get ready to come out with these characters as they negotiate acceptance, prejudice and just how much they’re willing to risk in the pursuit of love and happiness.

 

Discover the new books and audiobooks I’m working on now…

 

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Bromance in ‘Forces’, a short film

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Forces is a short film that captures the intense bromance between a straight military guy and a gay football player.  Friends since childhood, the boundaries of their relationship are forged and tested.

A Powerful & Beautiful Bromance

I like to champion exceptional new talent and director Dominic Poliquin is just that.  He’s masterfully created a short film that captures the combustible friction of a lifelong bromance between straight and gay best friends on the banks of a creek where their backyards meet.

 

 

Forces won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at its premiere at the Image+Nation Film Festival in Montreal, Canada.  Forces is currently on the festival circuit.  It will be released in September 2017 on digital platforms and with select broadcast partners.

 
 
 
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‘‘This film perfects the short narrative form
and it is obvious in every moment
and in every shot that it was lovely crafted.’’

 

Roisín NicOireachtaigh,
Member of Jury,
Image + Nation 2016

 

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Dominic Poliquin directs this captivating short film which crackles with emotional turbulence and sexual tension.  Actors Nicola Tomassini and Benoit Gauvin effortlessly capture the sacred balance in a bromance.

 Forces - Director Dominic Poliquin

Forces Director Statement – Dominic Poliquin

Tell us about your new project FORCES and what message you would like to communicate to young filmmakers and to the LGBTQ community.

 

Where to start? I am generally bored and tired of seeing Queer characters dying at the end of Oscar winning movies.  I could list endless films like Philadelphia, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, Milk, The Hours and even Black Swan, in which both male and female LGBTQ characters meet disastrous endings, almost like a ‘formula to kill off the queer’ to pass a message to the world.

 

I am not saying they are not great films, but the all too familiar ‘let’s kill them off” recipe has become a self identification problem for those who don’t fit into what society calls the norm.

 

In FORCES, we follows the life of two young men: a straight soldier that is being deployed to Afghanistan who is overly sensitive and his openly gay childhood friend who recently got kicked off his football team, not for his sexual orientation, but rather for excessive violent behavior.

 

My goal for my short was to avoid some clichés and stereotypes. The straight character in my film is a bit like the damsel in distress and the gay character gets to play the part of the savior.

 

My approach to film making is to not make a big deal about the sexuality of my gay characters. Masculinity and friendship are the main themes at play. The spheres of sports and the military are two iconic institutions that I wanted to explore because they heavily influence male culture, education and up-bringing.

 

Even if some ‘out ’ athletes like Brian Sims and Gareth Thomas were important inspirational figures for me, I also used my over ten years of experience working at the military base of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu where I’ve befriended several straight military, as research, much like an artist doing field work studies for his Masters in film production.

 

Overall the message I want viewers and future filmmakers to take away from FORCES, is that sensitivity in men is strength, a force to be reckoned with and it is certainly not a weakness.

 

Did you know?  There’s also a special friendship between college age best friends in Mulligans.

 

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