Squeaky clean and impossibly cute, Garrett Clayton had initial misigivings when offered the part of Brent Corrigan in “King Cobra.” But now Garrett has embraced his most importan role of all: authenticity.
Former Disney Channel star of “Teen Beach Movie”, NBC’s “Hairspray Live”, The Fosters, and of course, “King Cobra,” took to Instagram to explain his latest role in the movie “Reach.”
“Reach” is about an awkward teenager planning to take his own life after relentless bullying. But once he befriends a new kid at school, things slowy beging to get better.
With the release of my new movie REACH coming up, I thought it was important to explain why I took on this project in the first place. REACH deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well. (I also prefer to share things that are particularly important for me here on my IG) instead of in some random magazine or online article – because you are the ones that have been rooting for me and following me on my professional and personal journey in life. When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of. I have personally dealt with suicide within my own family, intense bullying in high school, and – on top of it all – myself and the man I’ve been in a relationship with for a long time (@hrhblakeknight) have both experienced shootings within our hometown school systems, and have witnessed the heartache that takes place in affected communities after such tragic events. These topics – not always easy to discuss- are all close to my heart, and, knowing how serious they are, I wanted to share this with you all. This film has come from the perspectives of people who care deeply about these issues, and if watching it helps even one person… then it was all worth it. ♥️
“I have personally dealt with suicide within my own family, intense bullying in high school, and – on top of it all – myself and the man I’ve been in a relationship with for a long time have both experienced shootings within our hometown school systems,” he wrote.
He also tagged boyfriend Blake Knight in the post.
Welcome to freedom, Garrett.
[ORIGINAL “King Cobra” Post – September 26, 2016] “Inspired by the insane true story,” says the trailer. It should have “never should have happened” to him, said Brent Corrigan. Now you can make your own decision.
In the 2007 brutal, cold-blooded killing of Kocis, Cuadra and Kerekes ended up stabbing Kocis 28 times and lighting his body on fire.
Corrigan added another layer of palace intrigue when he revealed he was only 17 when Kocis filmed him in his early videos. Some still call him the “Traci Lords” of gay porn for that reason.
Despite his initial misgivings about the role, former Disney star Garrett Clayton looks every inch the gay porn star.
James Franco as Kerekes and Keegan Allen are Cuadra deliver the requisite creepiness when greed and lust intersect.
“So it’s not just about having sex scenes because the story involves gay porn. It really is a part of the story and pushing characters towards their goals — or not.” ~James Kelly, Director
“King Cobra” tells the story.
[UPDATED – April 12, 2016]
We have been following the making of “King Cobra” since the filming was first announced last October. Two weeks ago (see original post below) we reported that “King Cobra”will be making its world premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival this Saturday, April 16.
EntertainmentWeekly has just posted the first clip from the movie.
“King Cobra” stars Garrett Clayton as gay porn actor Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan, Christain Bale as Kocis and James Franco and Keegan Allen as Cuadra and Kerekes and co-star Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone.
Disney’s Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie) will be playing the part of Brent/Sean Lockhart.
James Franco is playing Kerekes, and “Pretty Little Liars” star Keegan Allen is playing Cuadra.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) October 13, 2015
Adds Dan Hunt of the Trieca Film Festival,
Writer-director Justin Kelly follows up last year’s festival favorite, I Am Michael, with a ripped-from-the-headlines drama covering the early career of Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), who rose to niche stardom as the gay porn headliner Brent Corrigan, yet did not see the returns he expected from his meteoric success.
Offended by his paltry paycheck, Lockhart falls out with the owner, director, and producer (Christian Slater) of the label that made his famous Cobra video. When the newly minted sex symbol attracts the attentions of a cash-strapped pair of rival producers and performers (James Franco and Keegan Allen) an all out porn turf war ensues. Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald offer memorable turns as the mother and sister stunned by the revelations of the sordid, secret lives of their loved ones as the film delves into the most extreme lengths people will go to stay in the game.
In 2012, Brent Corrigan opened up for one of the first times about the case, in which he was a key witness, saying, that it “never should have happened” to him.
Is “King Cobra” on your “must see” list?