From the moment it was announced that James Franco was producing and starring in King Cobra, gay porn star Brent Corrigan (real name Sean Paul Lockhart) has let the world know he doesn’t want anything to do with it, despite the fact it’s partly about him.
Largely though, he’s been relatively magnanimous, saying it wasn’t sanctioned by him (he turned down a cameo role and a consultant job), and doesn’t think it tells the true story. However, he’s now stepped up with a few stronger words.
When asked on Twitter whether he was involved in the movie and if it was an accurate telling of the story, he replied, ‘No true telling about it. Not approved by me. It tells a story with contempt for queer culture & mockery for porn.’ He then added, ‘I gave them permission to use my name’s but explicitly made it clear that their story was heinous & not sanctioned. They told me they couldn’t change their screen play after we entered negotiations. The screenplay was the fault line.’
Unfortunately he doesn’t explain exactly why it shows ‘contempt for queer culture & mockery for porn’ (it does have a gay director, even if Franco and much of the cast is straight). However, his particular issue seems to be that they have made him a bigger part of the story of the murder of porn producer Byran Kocis than he feels he really was, and missed out completely somebody who thinks he was absolutely key to bringing about justice.
The film is about how porn actors Harlow Raymond Cuadra and Joseph Manuel Kerekes (Keegan Allen and James Franco) savagely killed porn producer and head of Cobra Video, Bryan Kocis (Christian Slater). They thought by doing so they’d be able to make it big behind-the-scenes of the porn world, and lure adult star Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton) to work for them in order to make a massively successful movie. You can watch the trailer here. It’ll be out in the US October 21st, but no UK release is currently set.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Corrigan is playing to release an autobiography, detailing his own take on what happened. [Read more…]