Articles & Notes — August 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

“Canyons” star James Deen interested in acting, says it’s easier than porn

james-deenJames Deen, a prolific porn performer, who has recently finished working on his debut acting job in Paul Schrader’s “Canyons” with Lindsay Lohan, said he’s interested in doing more mainstream acting jobs, LA Times reported.

“I had so much fun acting, I wouldn’t mind doing more. But at the end of the day, if I never work another day in Hollywood – especially with all my experiences with all the people and that stuff – if nothing ever happens again, nothing ever happens again,” Deen said.

Deen’s experience with Hollywood hasn’t been very smooth, according to online media outlets. Weeks before “The Canyons” makes its international debut at the Venice Film Festival, however, Deen called Hollywood “the most unprofessional, God-awful business anywhere.”

Acting alongside Lindsay Lohan in her last role before being sentenced to 90 days of “lockdown rehab,” Deen got into a shouting argument with “Canyons” director Paul Schrader about how he was performing a scene.

On the film’s Malibu mansion set last summer, Deen didn’t hesitate to raise his voice, drop F-bombs or call Schrader’s authority into question in full view of cast and crew.

“Because, really, what is Schrader going to do to me? ‘Oh, I can fire you or ruin you for work.’ I never work in Hollywood again? I go back to my miserable life of having sex with women every day? My lifelong dream? If you tell me to do something and scream at me, I’m going to scream back at you,” Deen at the time.

The performer says he took on “The Canyons” as something of a lark after novelist-turned-screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis became fascinated with Deen last year and wrote the part of a wealthy sociopath (who’s producing a low-budget slasher flick, a film within the erotic noir thriller) with him specifically in mind.

While Deen has said that he’s not particularly worried about not getting another acting job in Hollywood, there might be one exception.

This notable exception would certainly be director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s movie adaptation of the runaway mommy-porn bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Last year, Ellis had vocally cheer-leaded for Deen to be cast in the lead role of kinky business magnate Christian Grey, although now the performer is seen as an outside contender for one of Hollywood’s hottest parts.

“If I end up getting called for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and they say, ‘Hey, we saw you in “The Canyons” and you were great. Come in for an audition. Hey, we want you to be Christian Grey’ – that might be pretty cool,” said Deen. “I don’t think I’d let a few negative experiences sour me on that.”

Deen was paid the Screen Actors Guild minimum of $100 a day during “The Canyons’” month-long shoot and says he has a back-end deal for a share of any eventual profits.

Money issues aside, he’s hardly been blown away with the level of professionalism he’s seen so far outside the porn industry.

“Acting is not that hard,” said Deen with a shrug. “It’s a lot easier than porn.”



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