Porn stars have it made. On the surface, “have sex with beautiful people for money” sounds like a no-brainer, but while it can be a “dream,” not enough people put emphasis on the “job” part. Cracked sat down with Lance Hart, veteran porn star, pornographer, and all around porn-type guy, to get the lowdown on getting down for a camera. Here’s what we learned:
#5. The Awesome Parts of Sex Are NOT Fun to Film
Normal sex is about two people enjoying each other’s bodies. Porn is all about looking right on camera, and that means some auteur is posing you to get the most artistic value out of your thrusting buttocks, even if you end up having doggy sex at an angle no human would ever choose to fuck in. For the woman, this often means that penis is pounding directly into parts of the vagina not meant to be pounded.
But hey, the suck hits both genders. Deep throating is not always awesome. If a girl’s going down on you for a scene, she’s going to be at it for a long time. We’re still filming a movie, and it’s a universal rule that nothing worthwhile gets filmed quickly. So she gets tired, and eventually you start feeling molars on the head of your dick. The viewer wants to see you jackhammering her throat with your dick, so you’re basically ramming your cock into teeth. Getting paid to receive oral sex is basically like getting your dick chewed on for an hour.
Also, lube gets on everything. I’m talking absolutely every part of your body and beyond. I shoot in my apartment a lot (phrasing), and now every doorknob has lube on it. On a hardwood floor, it’s like black ice: My cats slip and go flying across the oiled-up wood on an hourly basis. (At least I sure hope that’s lube.)
#4. There Are Crazy Double Standards
I do gay and straight porn, which makes me a little bit of a unicorn (screwnicorn?). In my industry, I’m what they call a “crossover,” which can be a bad thing. Since I’m a crossover, I’m on a “never work with that dude” list for many female porn models. It’s all because the straight side and the gay side have different standards of STI testing. Models in straight porn often do not wear condoms, but the STI testing is rigorous and provides a safety net around our genitals. In gay porn, we always wear condoms for anal scenes. Any productions that film anal without condoms are in their own super extra separate world of gay porn with their own extremely rigorous STI testing methods (also very safe, but separate from the rest of the gay porn biz). So the straight side thinks the gay side is weird, and the gay side thinks the straight side is weird, and everybody thinks the vores are weird (because they’re weird).
Another thing: The condom law that recently got passed is a hot topic, in exactly the sort of way condoms usually aren’t. If you live in California and you voted on it, what you read on the ballet was “Do you think sex workers should have to wear condoms?” It’s like “Should kids learn how to read?” Of course! But then there’s the reality of it: Say a girl’s doing a typical shoot with a guy. It’ll wind up as 10 minutes of porn after editing, but it’s gonna take four hours to film. And if you’ve ever had sex with a condom for four hours, congratulations on your nerve-deadened penis! Now apologize to your partner, because condoms are rough. Abrasive. They cause tiny microscopic tears in the vagina. You’re running around after your marathon sex-epic high-fiving strangers on the street, but keep in mind that you basically just spent the runtime of Return of the King lightly sanding your partner’s genitals.
#3. Anal Sex Scenes Are Difficult
You might eyeball a guy’s dong and think “He’s not that big,” and then he puts it in your ass and you realize just how large the head is. Here’s a bit of folksy wisdom: You never know what something’s going to feel like in your butt until it goes in your butt. There you go, kids: That’s the new YOLO.
Also, it’s like Miss Manners always said: If you’re shooting an anal scene, you’ve got to clean out your butt first. And buttholes can be, well … buttholes. So after an hour of filming, you’ve digested your breakfast, and … long story short, you’ve got to clean it out again. The best way to do that is with an enema. I was having a lot of anal one day thanks to two girls with strap-ons, and while I was in the bathroom cleaning out my butt, I saw James Franco next to me washing his hands. Apparently he was making some sort of art film in the same building. Someone walked by and said, “Hey, Mr. Franco!” I wanted to shake his hand, but … butt.
I told the story to my friend, and he was like, “James Franco saw you naked?”
And I replied, “Well, I had a dog collar on.”
#2. Erections Are Fucking Impossible
If you’re a man, at some point in your life you have found yourself lacking an erection when an erection would’ve really come in handy. Maybe you needed to measure something less than 4 inches and a ruler was not to be found, or maybe you needed to point to something when both of your hands were full.
Porn stars are not exempt from ninja erections. Erections are 90 percent mental, so usually you need to relax. And the first part of relaxing is accepting the situation. You don’t stress out, like “Oh fuck, why am I not hard? Don’t look at me! I can feel your judgmental eyes on my dick!” You just say, “Welp, this flag ain’t flying,” then you let everyone on the set know: “Hey, guys, it’s gonna take me a minute to get this dick going, whoever wants to grab a soda or something, you probably got time.”
A lot of times, easing the pressure fixes it. Sometimes it’s a blood problem — like if I’m in a situation where I’m upside down and a lot of blood flows to my head, or if I’m standing and it all flows to my feet. Most people I work with try Viagra, Cialis, or some sort of herbal over-the-counter thing they bought from the cleanest sex shop they could find, but those don’t always do the trick if you’re exhausted or starving or chained to a wall upside-down for too long.
Some guys use an injection called TriMix. I’ve never used it, but apparently you literally stab a needle into your penis and inject the TriMix, then it keeps you hard for hours. Even after you cum, you just walk around with an obstinate boner all day. It’s not common, exactly, but it’s not unheard of.
There’s also a gel version of TriMix, and I’m going to quote the manufacturer for you on this one:
“TriMix-gel is an effective ED medication that is used as an alternative for patients who have failed on Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis and who cannot bring themselves to self-inject with a needle into their own penis.”
Note how it just drops that some people can’t “bring themselves to self-inject” into their own penis, as if you’re some mincing pansy because you don’t want to puncture your own genitalia.
#1. There Are Surprising Benefits to Fetish Porn
Fetish porn can be some of the easiest money you’ll ever make. The first girl I ever filmed was 22 and wanted to be a nurse. She had a daughter, and they’d just left her abusive husband. I make fetish porn, and she found my ad online and called me at 3 a.m. I paid her $2,000 to make a bunch of films with me, none of which required her to have sex or even be fully nude. Most of them were her talking about her feet or her butt or looking at the camera and saying, “I’m gonna kick you in the balls.” You’d think people could get that kind of treatment for free just by answering their cellphone during a movie or something, but no — it’s a huge market.
Of course, some kinks are easier than others: Bondage can be really difficult. If you’re tied up, you’re losing blood flow. The instant someone cinches up those zip ties, of course you will immediately have an itch, so now you’re trying to fight that and stay hard the whole time. Many times I’ve been tied up, suspended from the ceiling … then the camera gets low on batteries, or a motorcycle goes by, and the scene takes an eternity to resume, and I’ve got to be hard the whole way through.
And there are the hidden pitfalls of exploring fetishes: For example, I had no idea I’d be turned on by clowns. But a couple of months ago, I was filming with this girl and got fucked in the ass by Harley Quinn (the Joker’s girlfriend) while I was dressed as Robin. For the next clip, she was like, “I’m already Harley, so let’s just put some clown makeup on you,” and, well … I guess I like clown porn now.