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For James Deen, Kissing Another Man is Just a Job


Gawker's Rich Juzwiak asks straight adult film superstar James Deen if he was uncomfortable kissing a guy in director Paul Schrader's The Canyons  (released today), which he stars in with Lindsay Lohan:

Not really. I've kissed other dudes in my life, so it's not really a big deal. I have this conversation a lot because there is still a lot of homophobia in the world and in adult films, when you're sharing a scene with another dude and a lady, sometimes certain things come up: gay this, gay that. The way I define gay or homosexuals is a sexual attraction to a member of the same sex. I fully believe that people can engage in any sort of activity. Like I hate basketball, but I've played basketball before and it doesn't make me a professional basketball player. That [gay-sex] scene was a very important part of the movie, because it kind of represents the power switch. I think Bret was really worried I wouldn't want to do it. It's part of the script. It's not like it's real life. I'm not shooting a porno where I have to get physically erect and have sex with a dude. I think it was kind of a weight off of everyone's shoulders that I wasn't going to create an issue with it.

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  1. anyone else find both Juzwiak from Gawker completely obnoxious and the porn star he interviewed seems like a total creep too

    Posted by: tian | Aug 2, 2013 11:21:50 AM

  2. You've got to realize that straight porn is rife with lesbian activity because women can easily be bribed to take part in sexual activity that is designed to titillate the briber. This is one very important reason why women can't be trusted on the issue of sexuality.

    In essence, straight porn oppresses us gay guys through its promotion of lesbian activity.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 2, 2013 11:23:54 AM

  3. Juzwiak did a great job, he's pretty darn rad, and Deen offers an insight that hack-gay-trolls like jason (aka "ADAM") are too dense to understand.

    there's a disconnect between sexual activity and orientation, whether people want to acknowledge it or not.

    as a friend once said, "sex happens all the time in the military, or at boarding schools. having sex with other guys isn't the problem. the problem is wanting it"

    a great many of us gay men and women have, at various points in our collective journey, gotten it on in some form with members of the opposite sex. and a great many heterosexual people have experimented with members of the same sex.

    good lil'interview. well met.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 2, 2013 11:42:34 AM

  4. He put things intelligently.

    Posted by: Douglas | Aug 2, 2013 11:45:41 AM

  5. "This is one very important reason why women can't be trusted on the issue of sexuality.
    In essence, straight porn oppresses us gay guys through its promotion of lesbian activity."

    Well, all the words were English…..

    Posted by: Lymis | Aug 2, 2013 11:49:47 AM

  6. I really like how he casually dropped "I've kissed other guys before", didn't bother to explain, just said it as a matter of fact.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 2, 2013 11:56:11 AM

  7. LOL @ "Well, all the words were English….."

    Yes, LYMIS, sometimes all you can do is give up and laugh at some of the crazy sh.t they say. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 2, 2013 12:07:52 PM

  8. just read the interview and the interviewee comes across as a creep. what a wasted op

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 2, 2013 12:08:11 PM

  9. Another James Deen (Dean) to fantasize about.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 2, 2013 12:31:50 PM

  10. I love the basketball analogy. Very well put.

    Posted by: abe | Aug 2, 2013 12:39:21 PM

  11. How is this still a question that gets asked in 2013?

    Posted by: FakeName | Aug 2, 2013 3:08:13 PM

  12. If you don't want sex, is it rape?

    Posted by: anon | Aug 2, 2013 4:36:19 PM

  13. I thought the interview was trashy. Just because you are interviewing a porn star doesn't mean you have to take it to the gutter. The interviewer was sleazy, James Deen came across well though.

    Posted by: nick | Aug 2, 2013 6:47:34 PM

  14. About 2 years ago, I was in my favorite West Hollywood lunch spot, waiting to pay when a short, slight, very pretty gay guy who looked *exactly* like James Deen walked by me on his way to the men's room. Eye contact was made and, as he opened the door to the men's room, he turned and gave me another bit of steady eye contact. It felt like an invitation to join him. And I would have *loved* to have done that, but it would have been obvious what was going on. The staff all know me and see me on the daily, and joining this guy in the men's room would have been tacky and sooooo 1978, so I just sat down to eat my lunch. Pretty soon, the cute, little, gay boy who looked like James Deen came out of the bathroom....and sat down with Janice Dickinson. I immediately pulled up the porn actor James Deen's twitter profile and found he'd been posting about being out on the town with Janice Dickinson and had posted pics to prove it. I hadn't been cruising a gay guy who looked like James Deen. I'd been cruising THE James Deen. And I'm now pretty convinced that 'straight' porn star James Deen is probably more accurately described as 'a bisexual porn star in straight films'.

    And he is a great interview. Intelligent and not too hung up on himself.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 2, 2013 7:17:28 PM

  15. Loads of guys in porn do double penetrations, and some do double vags or double anals which are practically gay porn ;) Because I love straight/straightish dudes this is the stuff that makes me hot. I've sometimes wondered that guys doing those vids might be bisexual to a point, but I guess it's like Deen says: just because you do it doesn't mean you get really excited by it. But I'm pretty sure at least some of those guys are bi (but that's just my gut feeling, and what do I really know.)

    Deen seems like a really nice guy, and I'm happy that he's in the porn guy spotlight at the moment. Although he's done loads of that stupid treating-women-like-dirt porn with forced blowjobs and spitting on them etc., he's thank god not defined only by those videos.

    Peterparker: I would't mind being cruised by James Deen ;)

    Posted by: kode | Aug 2, 2013 10:01:37 PM

  16. His name is James Deen?

    ***eye roll***

    Posted by: anony6 | Aug 2, 2013 11:22:02 PM

  17. Any who says Juzwiak is sleazy clearly hasn't seen Rich talk about ANTM while snuggling his kitteh. You are all too into you'r high brow/low brow judgements sometimes.

    Posted by: Ian | Aug 29, 2013 4:46:36 PM

  18. @PETERPARKER And I take it you are THE Peter Parker, too, huh, Spidey? ;)

    Posted by: KEVINVENTION | Sep 23, 2013 2:37:02 PM

  19. i am gay and looking for nice boyfriend xx

    Posted by: john | Sep 27, 2013 6:32:01 PM

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