The latest episode in that slightly tiresome, Men.com-centric documentary series “I’m a Porn Star” which we first talked about last fall, features a lot of the perspective of Men.com director Ryan R., who might be one of the reasons that their scenes aren’t always as hot as they could be.
No disrespect to Mr. R., because he clearly seems like a seasoned veteran of the industry and he doesn’t mind being around a bunch of buttfucking. But between all the gay-for-pay stars who could probably use a little extra direction, the fact that Men.com is owned by a straight porn conglomerate, and Mr. R’s lack of, shall we say, passionate first-hand experience of the man-love, a picture gets painted here of a scene-making machine where chemistry and nuance might not always be the first priority.
The scene you see them shooting is 2013’s Rod’s Fantasy (trailer below), featuring a five-man orgy with Rod Daily, Duncan Black, Colby Jansen, Andrew Stark, and Bobby Clark.
Ryan R. says it’s “hard to make a living” these days as a producer/director, and he admits that a lot of what they do on the set every day is “very very mechanical.”
They also interview Steve Matthews, a longtime crew member on porn sets who talks about how things have changed over the years, especially since the internet has basically taken over.
Then they get into talk about L.A.’s Measure B, the law requiring condom use, and the issue of HIV testing in general. He basically sounds exhausted by all the testing stuff, and they show him asking, “Has Bobby even been cleared yet?” saying they have to postpone shooting until Bobby’s test results are in. Basically, the moral of the story is, testing is annoying but necessary, and it’s all they can do to turn a profit by pumping out these scenes in a mechanical fashion. Then they have a quote from Rocco Reed at the end saying that being told “you have to wear a condom” by a law “goes against what this country is supposed to be about.” (It’s a little ironic that the scene they’re shooting stars Rod Daily, who by the end of last summer was embroiled in that whole testing scandal because he tested positive before a shoot.)
So, is this a documentary about porn, or is it propaganda against the condom law?
Here’s the scene they were shooting that day, for reference: