So, I Spent The Day in a Gay Porn Studio

My alarm goes off at 07.30. I fly out of bed. Despite only having a few hours to sleep, there was no issue arising. The concoction of emotions that I was feeling was unlike anything that I have ever felt. 

Not surprising, as today I was going to do something that I have never done. 

 I was going to spend the day in a gay porn studio. 

As I hope you are aware, I am currently releasing a new podcast series, Brian Meets. When I decided to revamp the website and dust off the mic, I figured that I would really push the boat out for content. I wanted to find the maddest, weirdest and most interesting people to interview. I have been very lucky to tick all these boxes. 

My day in the gay porn studio is easily the most surreal piece that I have created. And most surreal thing that I have done. It is going to make a great piece. Well, hopefully. 

I opted against having breakfast. I was not particularly hungry. I am never much of a breakfast guy but this morning, in particular, I had no appetite. 

As I pulled the door behind me and walked to the studio, I was in a state of disbelief. 

“Why am I doing this?” 

I don’t even get paid for my podcasts and while I am working on monetising my site, there is no guarantee that it will ever make any money. 

So, this is essentially my hobby. 

I am going to a gay porn shoot as apart of my hobby. 

Interesting. 

Remember when I mentioned earlier how I wanted to interview the maddest & weirdest people? I should really interview myself. 

"Brian, why do you hang around gay porn studios with podcasting equipment?"

I am a straight male, by the way. Gay porn is not something that I frequently view or have much interest in. Well, I have an interest in the people involved, their stories and life. When the actual camera starts rolling, less so much. 

It was a wet and fairly grim morning. I find it weird that people film porn in the morning. I would have assumed that it would have been done at night. On my walk to the studio, my mind was racing. I was quite concerned about what my parents would think. Social media is a very powerful tool for my website and my mother is on social media. She shared the article I wrote about my time in Iceland. I can’t see her sharing this particular article. I best hide what my poor mother can see. 

After being given this opportunity to do a piece on this topic and with such access, you just have to do it. 

Deep breath. 

And we knock on the door. 

Ben greets me. Ben appears to be in his mid 40's but I am terrible with ages so apologies if you are 21, Ben. He is extremely welcoming. He greets me with a big smile and brings me upstairs. Ben is the CEO of Twisted XXX Media. 

Instantly, I feel much more calm. I was stupid to be so nervous and anxious. Of course these are just normal people with a slightly different vocation and passion. I have a passion for podcasting and storytelling, they have a passion for gay porn. And storytelling, I guess. 

A slightly different passion. 

Interestingly, both our passions have lead us to a gay porn studio in Manchester. 

Ben makes me a coffee and we chat about what I require, what I want from the piece and my background. I don’t usually do a tremendous amount of research before an interview. I, obviously, research my topic and pre-prepare any key questions but I prefer the interviews to be spontaneous and natural. 

The coffee was fantastic and I felt right at home. I hit record on my recorder and away we go. Ben shows me around the studio. The studio is divided into 2 stages. Upon entering the studio, the first stage you see is a standard bedroom. Similar to a hotel bedroom. Except with cameras and a soundstage. Ben takes me through to the stage that we will be using for the day. 

It is considerably more grim. 

Exposed brick wall, dirty floor, a wooden cross, hot wax all over the floor and a mattress on the floor. This film is apart of the “Boynapped” series. You can guess the rough plot from the title. Still, I ask Ben what the premise is. 

“We have one actor tied up, and another shall get pretty rapey”. 

“Pretty rapey” 

The anxious feeling returns. 

A lot of my energy from the day was spent trying to not look as anxious and uncomfortable as I was feeling. 

Obviously I didn’t succeed. 

I have a good chat with Ben about the industry, his life and background. I learn some fun porn facts. 

You are not allowed to put your whole fist up an anus. You can only put 4 fingers. That fifth finger, must stay outside. I love that. I love that some politicians sat down and debated how many fingers legally should be allowed enter an anus on camera. 

“3 is not enough but 5 is too much! Let’s settle with 4. All agreed say “AYE”.

“Aye”. 

Our stars arrive. I was nervous about meeting them. I assumed they would have thought I was going to be a hinderance and in their way while they work. To be fair, that is exactly what I was doing. I was mistaken. The three guys were absolutely lovely and incredibly welcoming. We instantly started chatting. They seemed as interested in what I was doing as my interest in them. 

What they do probably makes more sense. They are getting paid, like. 

Anyway. The three guys were Kris, Ryan and Ashton. Kris & Ashton were going to be on screen and Ryan was going to be on camera. Ryan is also a porn star. Kris jumps down beside me, eyes as wide as his smile. Kris is one of the “prettiest” men that I have seen. Very feminine features. I asked Kris a few questions. He responds laughing and smiling. It is clear that Kris loves what he does. Kris is from the Netherlands and has been flown in for the shoot. His passion and positive energy is infectious. 

His kidnapper, Ashton is considerably more low key. Ashton has done 170+ movies, so he is a veteran. Ashton is also a very good looking man. Far more masculine. Ashton explains to me that his character in “Boynapped” is not a particularly nice guy. From watching Ashton’s character in action, I can confirm that he is not prince charming. 

I don’t think Kris & Ashton were supposed to be shooting today. Kris did a shoot yesterday. He was hung from a cross and had hot wax poured all over him. 

“Phew, I am glad ours is just a rapey scene” - I thought. The first time that I had that particular thought. I think. 

Ashton was parachuted in last minute as someone cancelled. There was a straight actor from Leeds who had a crises of confidence. He was straight and was concerned about family and the morality of the situation. Ben received a text message in the early hours of the morning from him, pulling out. Excuse the pun. 

Is that even a pun? 

“He usually contacts us when he is running low on funds. I think he got his hands on some cash”. 

Ryan and Ben begin preparing the studio, Kris and Ashton mentally prepare themselves. I stand awkwardly. Gripping my mic for dear life. Kris lies down on the mattress and Ben begins to tie him up. Ben and Kris flirt as the ropes are tightened. Kris, continues to joke and play around as the ropes are tied and Ben leaves the stage. Kris begins to look terrified and uncomfortable. He is now in character. 

The stage goes very quiet. Ryan has all the cameras set up. Ben leaves the stage and goes to the office. Ashton, who was incredibly friendly at the beginning, also gets into character. A dark mist clouds his eyes. 

Ashton marches onto the stage. Kris looking petrified. Ashton grabs Kris’s face and spits on him. 

Oh jesus. Here we go. 

What happens next? I am afraid you will have to wait for the podcast episode to come out. Unfortunately, it is looking like the series finale. You will have to wait until Feb to hear everything. 

And I mean, everything. 

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