James Deen On Life, Porn & ’50 Shades Of Grey’ [Interview]

James Deen Interview
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James Deen comes off as a typical twenty-something dude working in the film industry, the kind you meet all the time in L.A. Except most of ‘em aren’t world-famous porn stars. As he aptly describes in his Twitter bio, “my name is james i am a simple guy who likes to eat sleep and watch tv… oh ya i also bang chicks for a living.”

He’s known as ladies’ favorite adult actor, but he’s breaking into mainstream Hollywood with “The Canyons,” in which he stars alongside Lindsay Lohan. (It’s a disturbing thriller that’s way less disturbing than his “Simpsons” and “Toy Story” XXX parodies.)

We hung out with Deen on the set of his latest porno to discuss his career and future, including a potential role in the film adaptation of “50 Shades Of Grey.”

When did you first realize you wanted to be a porn star?

I knew I wanted to be in porno since kindergarten… I mean, really I don’t have the exact time frame–just as long as I can remember, I wanted to do adult films.

What’s a common misconception people have about you or the adult industry?

I am not a prostitute! I get tons of emails from guys wanting to pay me to have sex with their wife or their girlfriend, which is actually something I’d probably do for free, but I’m not a whore.

But you do have sex for money, right?

Yeah, but there’s a performance aspect. Like, if a guy wanted to pay me to have sex with his wife in front of a group of people–or if it was some sort of live event and there was a performance element to it–then maybe I’d be down, but not to get paid to just have sex. I AM NOT A WHORE!

What’s some sex advice for us regular guys?

Communication. You have sex with someone, not to someone.

What are some reasons (like stamina) an average guy couldn’t be a porn star?

I don’t know that an average guy couldn’t be a porno star. The physical stuff you can work around; the real difference in being a performer is the mental aspect. You can be having a conversation about how your cat Fluffy just died, and then it’s time for the scene. You have to switch gears and become fully aroused and ready to perform, and you’ve gotta get Fluffy out of your head.

Do you have plans to pursue more mainstream acting?

I originally said I was just going to do “The Canyons” and be done, but I had a lot of fun doing it. And if “50 Shades Of Grey” [producers] called me in to come audition, I’m gonna go in for an audition. If I never do another movie, that’s fine, but if I do “50 Shades Of Grey” and play Christian that’s awesome and I’d love to do that!

What’s the downside to being in porn?

Honestly, there is none. I’ve set up a life where essentially I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do.

What separates you from other male porn stars?

I’m always ready to go. I keep my balls shaved at all times, and I don’t use Viagra, so I’m ready to film at a moment’s notice. Directors appreciate that.

What’s the one porn question you’re tired of being asked?

There are no fluffers! That’s just an urban legend.

But don’t you ever get tired or burned out?

Put it this way: you like cake, right? Sometimes you eat a lot of cake and you get full, right? So you take a break and then you want to eat some more cake.

Do you watch porn in your free time, or is that like taking work home?

F*** yeah! I love cake!

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