Sasha Gray has done it. Tracy Lords and Ron Jeremy have been doing it for years. Jenna Jameson wants to do it on Broadway.
These adult film actors and a handful of others have begun making the transition to more traditional entertainment work for years now. But behind the media narratives about the mainstreaming of porn are real people who have faced an uphill battle trying to switch careers. One on hand, adult stars get negative judgment and ridicule for their choice to perform in sexually explicit material but nobody makes leaving easy. Sometimes porn stars get cast in smaller roles as a stunt, in order to try and bring in some of the vast adult audience. The idea behind such bit part stunt casting is probably that porn stars can’t act, although that logic has never stopped anyone from casting Steven Seagal in a film.
That’s why filmmaker Tim Sullivan’s latest casting choice for the upcoming horror featureChillerama is such a big risk — he’s not only cast an adult actor in a lead role that requires singing, dancing and dialog but that actor also happens to be gay — and there’s plenty of videotape to prove it.