In the last few days there’s been a huge amount of interest in a new movie James Franco is producing and starring in, which tells the story of a real life murder case in which gay porn producer Bryan Kocis was brutally killed. The events involved gay porn legend Sean Paul Lockhart (also known by his stage name, Brent Corrigan), who started his career as underage performer working for Kocis.
After Lockhart became one of the most popular gay porn stars in the world, he got into a legal battle with Kocis over his stage name, and then was tangentially involved in Bryan’s murder, as killers Harlow Raymond Cuadra and Joseph Manuel Kerekes wanted to lure Lockhart to work with them to make a million dollar porn flick.
However, Sean wasn’t interested in being involved in Franco’s movie about the event – despite being asked to consult and take a small role – and he’s taken to Facebook to say why.
He writes, ‘The internet has been a buzz regarding some recent news that a movie is being filmed right now in New York State chronicling the Bryan Kocis murder and the early days of my adult career.
‘I was originally approached to be a part of the film as a consultant and the cast. I was asked to play a small part in the film and declined the role.
‘Ultimately, I chose to move forward with my own plans to finally release my book in place of taking part in someone elses presentation of events that I personally lived as a young adult.
‘It’s going to be an exciting coming year! The book is nearly finished and is now going through edits and rewrites. Even with the time that has passed, the memories are still very real and raw for me. I look forward to finally telling my story, beginning middle and end, with an earnest stroke.
‘Thanks for being so patient, everyone!’
He has also suggested on Twitter that he has reservations about the direction the movie has taken, saying, ‘I declined all offers/requests to be a part of their movie. You’ll see why when you see the film.’
He also adds that there are parts of the story that have never been told. ‘Halfway thru the civil suit with #CobraKiller owner Bryan Kocis I was prevented from speaking any further details regarding underage work… What almost no one knows, because of that lawsuit: I was not allowed to tell the WHOLE truth about the underage work for Bryan #KingCobra… Bryan Kocis knew full well how old I was before I did any paid video shoots for him. The whole story is in #Incorrigible [his book] #KingCobra’.
There are hints among Lockhart’s tweets that he really doesn’t like the idea of the film, but has decided to temper his criticism, such as initially criticising the actor cast to play him – Garett Clayton – saying, ‘I was 17-21 in the years the screenplay spans. I looked much younger. He doesn’t embody Brian’s preference for not legal boys’.
However after seeing the first pic of the actor on the set, he said ‘Looks just like me at 17 ;-)’ (although there is of course the chance he was being sarcastic). Lockhart still doesn’t seem impressed by the film, but doesn’t want to go to war against it, as long as he’s able to tell his own truth.