Porn star James Deen has gone legit with The Canyons, which opened in US cinemas last Friday and sees him starring alongside Lindsay Lohan in a noirish Hollywood tale. It also features him kissing another guy. As he’s known for being a very straight porn actor, the man-on-man lip locking has prompted a lot of questions for journalists.
However Deen isn’t really that impressed with being asked questions about it over and over. When asked by Gawker if it made him uncomfortable, he says, “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.”
I wouldn’t expect him to make a move into gay porn anytime soon though.