The 2011 Folsom Street Fair was my first chance to meet most of my Titan colleagues. Every year, on the night before the fair, the Titan exclusives and production staff always get together for a big banquet, as it’s the only point during the year when we’re all in the same city at the same time. I walked into the Grand Pu Bah restaurant in SoMa a few minutes late — San Francisco geography still eludes me sometimes — to find some of the hottest men I’d ever seen all seated around one large table… Hunter Marx, Ameyric Deville, Marco Wilson, David Anthony, Jessy Ares, Dario Beck, François Sagat… all of my fellow Titan exclusives. It was a dream come true for me. I’d already worked with Hunter on Surveillance and François on Incubus, but it was my first time meeting anyone else. In particular, one of these incredibly sexy men and I hit it off immediately, and after Folsom we continued to exchange messages on Facebook. We knew that if we ever shot a scene together, it would be really, really hot.
Two days ago, we finally got our chance… with the legendary Joe Gage directing.
And it was fucking incendiary.
I’m very happy to be able to announce, with Titan’s blessing, that my super-hot, I’ve-always-wanted-to-work-with-him scene partner was……………
TitanMen exclusive Jessy Ares! What an amazingly hot, talented, hilarious, kind, sexy man. He’s a consummate professional when it comes to shooting porn, but also a total goofball. We had tons of fun on set and laughed a lot. The same-name thing caused a bit of a problem while we were working, though. After some initial confusion, it eventually led to the Titan guys calling us by our last names; Brian Mills seemed to especially enjoy yelling “JACKMAN! GET IN HERE!” whenever he wanted to find me. He sounded just like Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons.
Jessy and I got a chance to hang out a little outside the studio as well… our workout at Gold’s Gym in the Castro was killer!
Our scene was originally to be titled “Military Exam Room #7”; I was to play a US Army colonel submitting to a routine medical examination performed, of course, by Army medic Jessy Ares. However, Joe Gage had a last-minute flash of inspiration and came up with a very cool new idea the day before the shoot. I can’t go into details yet, but I can tell you that the theme is very topical; it was inspired by recent actual events that you might have heard about on CNN.
Working for Joe was an incredible experience. He shot his first adult film, Kansas City Trucking Company, in 1976 (I was 3 years old!), and his 36 years of filmmaking experience really show. His instructions were direct, concise, and easy to understand, yet he was completely relaxed and flexible enough to work with us actors to produce not only a hot scene, but one that we really enjoyed filming. It truly was one of the most exciting experiences of my young porn career. I had so much fun. And Joe must have liked what he saw, because when were done filming, he told me that I looked great on camera and that he would like to work with me again! Joe seems like a straight-shooting, down-to-earth guy… and Titan director Jasun Mark later assured me that wouldn’t have said something like that unless he meant it. Wow… what an honor!
Here’s a candid shot that Jasun took on the set during a break, and a picture of me holding Joe’s script (yes, I got a chance to flex my acting chops as well):
My second day of filming was just as intense, but also a bit bittersweet. My scene partner was Adam Russo; I’d never met him before, so I didn’t know what to expect. As it turns out, Adam was a dream come true as well: smart, sexy, and very comfortable in his own skin. We got along great… and great chemistry makes for a great scene.
We really turned up the intensity on this shoot (prompting fetish director Paul Wilde at one point to say “We have got to get you guys into a Rough scene”) because it was a pretty special one. You see, it was director Brian Mills’ last film…. for a while, anyway. Brian is going on extended sabbatical starting next week so that he can focus on other projects. He’s taught me so much about this industry and given me the guidance and encouragement to build the confidence I need to be a successful porn actor. I’ve had so many questions, and he’s always been right there to answer them, with patience and without judgement. His final words to me were “you’re on your way to becoming a legend.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, Brian! But your faith in me has meant so much over these last several crazy months. Thank you. I’m gonna miss you… and Dakota too. She’s best porn dog ever!
I really hope we get to work together again soon.
By the way, there’s no word yet on when either scene will be released… although Joe Gage’s scene will be released fairly soon, I would imagine, because of its association with current events. As soon as I hear anything I’ll post it here (and, as always, on my Facebook and Twitter feeds too).