Titans of the Desert: Behind the scenes in Palm Springs (NSFW)

Last week was pretty special.

When Titan director Jasun Mark texted me back in May to ask if I’d be available for an upcoming production run and told me who my scene partners would be, I leapt out of my chair. It was a dream opportunity: a week in Palm Springs filming with two guys at the very top of my scene partner wishlist, Nick Prescott and Dallas Steele. Jasun Text, Small 6Jasun also told me the general outline of the film — a detail that I’m not allowed to share with you quite yet — and it was a scenario that I’d always been hoping to explore. I busted my ass for two months to prepare myself physically, all the while corresponding with both Jasun and Titan’s vice president Keith Kebb to offer creative input. I was not only going to be in the film, I was helping write it too!

The week started out inauspiciously enough. Los Angeles was blanketed in dense fog, and LAX was down to one runway for both departures and arrivals. We circled for over an hour waiting for clearance to land, then our pilot gave up and diverted us to Las Vegas. We refueled and eventually made it to LA after midnight, far too late for my connecting flight to Palm Springs. I was supposed to shoot my scene with Nick in the morning, but all the morning flights were full. The Titan guys, rather than ask me to sit around the airport for countless hours waiting for the next available flight (which would have cost them nothing), offered to buy me an ungodly expensive plane ticket on another airline. I suggested I just drive to Palm Springs instead; it’s is only two hours from LAX in the middle of the night without any traffic. So they rented a car for me — a one-way rental (not as expensive as a last-minute flight, but still not cheap) — and it was waiting at the rental car desk when I arrived. I ended up getting to Palm Springs a little after 3 am, a bit tired but none the worse for wear, and able to sleep in a bed instead of a departure lounge. The guys were very appreciative that I’d gone to such great lengths to get there, even though to me it was no big deal… and what’s more, they rearranged the production schedule for me, moving our scene to the afternoon and shooting Nick’s stills in the morning instead, just to give me a few more hours of sleep!

A few behind-the-scenes pics from my scene with TitanMen exclusive Nick Prescott

Let me diverge from the story for a moment here, because this is a great example of why Dirk and I both really appreciate working with a professional studio like Titan. We’ve heard — and in Dirk’s case, experienced — some of the horror stories elsewhere. Filming in the middle of nowhere without any food, unexplained on-set delays that last for hours on end (causing production to last until well after midnight and models to miss flights), promises of scenes that never materialize, production staff who get fired because they dare to leave the set on their day off… Dirk once even paid his own way to Los Angeles to film a scene with a particular studio, but the scene was canceled without explanation after he got there, and Dirk never got reimbursed for his flight or compensated for his time! Needless to say, he’s decided not to work with that studio anymore.

Not all studios are as nightmarish as that. In fact, most are perfectly wonderful to work with, according to Dirk… but Titan stands out as one of the best. At Titan, shoots have always happened for us as planned, the staff is experienced and professional (and friendly!), and when the inevitable hiccup occurs (like my aforementioned fight delay), the guys bend over backwards to make things right. It’s amazing. And how many other studios will cook gourmet dinners for you? Over the course of the week, Keith made us short ribs, frozen yogurt granola bars, carne asada, banana pudding with Nilla wafers, a breakfast strata made with croissants and gobs of cheese, peaches ‘n cream semifreddo… and many other incredible culinary delights. Not the most camera-friendly of diets, but it sure was delicious!

Some random shots from around the house

Anyway, back to the story…

The scene with Nick on Tuesday was, predictably, amazing. He’s a fellow Titan exclusive, an incredibly hot guy, and a true professional. We shot it in the bedroom where I was staying (yep, porn sex on an actual bed!) so that made things easy. Our sexual chemistry was fantastic, and Nick looked fucking awesome… and awesome while fucking. (I’ve seen a couple clips from the unedited footage; he’s definitely in rare form.) There was a bit of dialogue at the beginning of this scene — much of which I wrote — and it took us a few takes to make it through the whole thing. In the end I think we sound pretty convincing, but I really hope Jasun makes a blooper reel. (Jasun, if you’re reading this, there’s one particular blooper that got a huge laugh out of everyone. You know the one… please tell me you got it on camera!)

Wednesday was my day off, so I took an Uber into downtown Palm Springs and walked around a bit. Even though it was 105° out, it was surprisingly comfortable, especially in the shade. (Dry heat!) I visited my friends Andy and Bill, the founders of BigMuscle.com, who are opening a bagel shop called Townie Bagels. I missed their grand opening by a couple of weeks, but hope to be back soon. Opening a bagel shop has always been Andy’s dream, and I’m so happy for him. They open in the mid-August… if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hi! I also stopped by Gear to buy some lube. Super nice guys.

Dirk flew into Palm Springs on Wednesday night. He’d been in California for the past week or so, filming a couple of scenes for MEN.com and going to see his friend Curtis’s debut musical Triangle. Titan had something special planned for us on Thursday. I can’t say much about it yet, but the video at the top of this post is part of it. Here’s another video, plus some additional teaser images which we shot in the desert at 7 am, before it got too hot:

Filming a very special project in the desert

Then we went back to the Titan house and filmed some more. This time we laid out by the pool, exercised with boulders, and even filmed a little bit of footage underwater. We filmed until about noon, then had the rest of the day off to lounge around. Dallas and I spent some time prepping dialogue for our scene on Friday, then Dirk, Dallas, and I headed to the gym for a late night workout.

Back at the house, filming continues through the morning…

… followed by an afternoon off.

Friday was a big day… one that I’ll remember for a long time. Jasun summed it up best: “What could have been a torturous project shooting 45 pages of dialogue ended up being a fantastic single-take joy that took about 30 minutes, and we all ended in semi-tears with how Dallas and Jesse let down the curtains and showed us what they’re both made of.” And that was just the dialogue! I’ve never seen (or even heard of) anything like it in porn… we’re talking groundbreaking stuff here!

The sex was hot as fuck, too… I’ve never done a four-position scene before. Four! Let’s just say we — ahem — “covered all the bases.” Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from our scene, which has a planned March 2016 release date (I know that’s a long time to wait, but it’ll be worth it, trust me):

My scene with Dallas Steele

At the end of the shoot, all the models and staff gathered around to toast what was a truly remarkable week in the desert. With shots of Fireball, naturally. Jasun wrote a really nice thank-you note to the entire crew over on the TitanMen blog; you should check it out if you haven’t yet. Thanks, Jasun… I’m proud to be working with you too.

Oh yeah, one other thing… Dallas, Nick, and I weren’t the only ones filming in the desert last week. We were joined by a new guy with the initials “M.B.” — and wait’ll you see him in action.

A Ruse by Any Other Name
Identifying Fraud on Facebook (with examples!)

Over the last couple of months, there have been a lot of really insidious Facebook profiles cropping up, and I want you guys to be aware of them. Someone — at least I suspect it’s one person, more on that in a moment — has been using the names and likenesses of well-known porn stars to lure people into giving him their credit card numbers. There have been fake profiles of me (like the ones pictured above, none of which are actually mine), Dirk, Rocco Steele, Rogan Richards, Trenton Ducati, Jessie Colter… and those are just the ones I know about.

I suspect there’s a single individual doing this, as the pattern is similar in every case (there’s an amazing example at the end of this post… keep reading!). First, he’ll send you a friend request. If you accept, he’ll start chatting with you, just making small talk… but soon he’ll tell you that he’s offering “a few lucky individuals” — yourself included, natch — a “free” webcam show. All he needs is for you to go to a particular website and enter your credit card details for “age verification” purposes.

And he calls you “buddy”.

I know it goes without saying at this point, but please don’t be fooled by this guy! Dirk and I are fortunate (Trenton, too) in that we have that little blue “Verified by Facebook” checkmark () next to our profiles, so you know it’s us. How we got that checkmark is an interesting story in and of itself — someday I’ll share the details — but suffice it to say that most of our industry colleagues don’t have one. So common sense must prevail. As the old saying goes, if you’re offered something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. (A “free” show that requires a credit card? Really? And what the fuck does having a credit card have to do with age verification?) You should at the very least exercise a healthy dose of caution. If you have any doubt at all, don’t give away your personal info!

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t provide a formal mechanism to get the perpetrator banned permanently. The best available option at the moment is to report fake profiles to Facebook. Here’s how: Just look for the [•••] button on the fake profile’s banner, then report the account for impersonating “Me or someone I know”, then on the next screen choose “Celebrity” — which, if available, seems to work best. Otherwise, choose “Someone I know”. If the profile is removed, the user who created it is banned from Facebook on (what appears to be) a sliding scale; enough offenses and the offender is banned from the site… until he or she creates a new account using a fake email address. The main point to remember is that, unfortunately, fraud is likely here to stay… so the best thing you can do is recognize the behavior so you don’t get fooled.

And now, by way of a rather extraordinary example, I’m posting the entire exchange between the impostor and one of my fans who brilliantly thought to save the whole thing. Reading this will give you a good idea of what to look for when interacting with this guy, and other not-so-artful scam artists.

Be safe out there!

Jesse Jackman Fake Story 1 (No Personal Info)

A Donald Trump butt plug? Believe it!

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I tend not to get overly political. Okay, that’s a total lie. In any case, I just came across something too amazing not to share. That’s right… IT’S A FUCKING DONALD TRUMP BUTT PLUG:


Artist Fernando Sosa moved to the Unites States from Mexico when he was 11 years old, and makes his living creating 3D models. Here’s an excerpt from his official artist statement:

When I heard Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans and Latinos from South America, I was extremely angry. You see I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to United States when I was 11 years old. So I don’t approve of what Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the Republican Party have to say about us hard-working Americans.

When Donald Trump decided to announce he is running for president he decided to use Latinos as a scapegoat and blame us for everything that is ailing America. Many Republican politicians have done this before, but never a politician running for president.

Donald Trump is not a dumb man. He might have been born with a silver spoon and declared bankruptcy 4 or 5 times, but he is not dumb. He decided to attack immigrants, and specially Mexicans, because he thinks we have no power.

I’m no rapist and no drug dealer. I have a college degree in 3D animation and run my own 3D printing business and guess what? I can make you into any shape I want and 3D print you and sell you to others who share their dislike of you. You can threaten to sue me like you have done hundreds of times to others. However, you are a public figure and me making you into the shape of a butt plug is freedom of speech. Welcome to America, motherfucker!!

So the next time you decide to insult a whole race in order to further your political career or get yourself on TV, remember we are engineers, we are 3D printers, we are doctors, we clean your house and we cook the food you eat so don’t fuck with us.

You can read Sosa’s entire artist statement — and order your very own Donald Trump butt plug for just $27.99 — here. And he also makes a Ted Cruz butt plug… how fucking amazing is that??

Classical Caber: Bach’s Partita No. 4 in D major

The other night while we were in San Francisco, Dirk and I had dessert at a friend’s house. A little tipsy from three glasses of wine, Dirk sat down at our friend’s piano and played Bach’s Partita No. 4 in D major — from memory — which he hadn’t played in almost a decade. Not too shabby, huh? I shot a couple of minutes of video of his performance, which I’ve posted above. If you’re having trouble viewing it on your mobile device, try putting it in landscape mode first, or try this alternate NSFW link.)

By the way, Dirk was staying at this particular friend’s house during Folsom weekend in 2011… and it happens to be the house where Dirk and I hooked up on the very first night we met. Ahh, memories.

Also, here’s a quick update on the Piano for Dirk GoFundMe campaign. And it’s good news! Dirk and I have located a used digital hybrid for sale… the only problem is that it’s out of state. Used digital hybrids don’t come along very often (it’s just too new a technology) so we’re going to try to snag this one. Dirk’s figuring out a time when he can go take a look at it, and we’re also looking into what it would cost to move it back to Boston. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, we’re leaving the GoFundMe page open for a bit longer in case you want to pick up a copy of Dirk’s music on CD or a printed and signed score. We’re also moving ahead with sending out the stuff that a bunch of you have already requested as “thank you” gifts. It’s a daunting number of items, but with any luck we should have everything sent out by the end of the month.

You guys have completely floored us with your generosity and support. This piano is going to change Dirk’s life. THANK YOU AGAIN.