Final: Kurt Lockwood Offers a Different Perspective of the Multi- Billion Dollar Porn Industry

Adult performer Kurt Lockwood was a guest on Rebecca Bardoux’s Internet show Friday night. She called him “Kirk” and he corrected her at the outset.

“You’ve had my penis inside you, and you don’t know what my first name is?” Lockwood chuckled. They did a scene in a Paul Thomas movie Room For Rent.

“It might be my accent!” Bardoux laughed.

Lockwood was out of the business for several years and he revealed why. He met a woman, had a son [now 5 years old] by her and raised the child in Spain.

“I became a dad,” he revealed. “I had a child with girl from Spain. I quit the business and moved to Europe. I lived there almost 4 ½ years. I raised a child over there with her family in Spain. I’m going out there the end of June for a little while. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out with me and the baby momma. So here I am back again, a slave to the grind as it were.”

Lockwood said he’s been working a lot.

“I just finished by costume fitting for The Love Boat XXX parody. I’m playing the character of Doc. It’s for Will Ryder and X-Play Media.”

Lockwood mentioned that he was also directing a Magic Mike parody and that both he and Bardoux are breaking into stand-up comedy.

Lockwood said once you’ve performed sex scenes in front of a film crew that look like a bunch of Teamsters, stand-up isn’t that difficult.

“In terms of being in front of people and pressure, there’s no more pressure than having sex in front of someone. I think that prepared me for stand-up in that I’m not intimidated so much being in front of an audience.”

Lockwood also announced that he would be performing at The Comedy Store on April 20th, national marijuana day.

All told, Lockwood has directed eight porn movies including The Real Boogie Nights.

On Friday, Fox News Business ran several reports about the adult industry lending the impression that porn was making insane money. Lockwood set that record straight, noting the crimping and cutting of corners porn employs now to get a movie out.

Bardoux wondered if the budgets have changed since Lockwood last directed.

“The budgets have been really cut,” he answered

“Back in the day I did The Real Boogie Nights for about 50 grand. These days you probably want to keep the budget around $20K. We just did the Wizard of Oz [parody]. I was the wizard in the XXX version. We shot a 27, 28-hour day, something like that.

“It was one continuous day because that’s how they were trying to save money. So everyone’s had to cut. The Internet changed everything. The free websites have changed the profit margin from the DVD market. And so the money for production isn’t there like it used to be.

“So we have to make due with what we have. Some of these [companies] like Hustler are getting really creative, where I just shot for Hustler, a movie called Revenge Sex. They’re even cutting out the camera guy. They’re coming up with premises whereupon the couple stumbles across a camera- it’s in a drawer or in a glove box. We film POV. But it’s their way of trimming costs by getting rid of the camera man now.

“Things are getting tight and people are tightening their belts,” Lockwood reflects.

“If you want to tell a story, how do you do it? In a way we’re like the Lil’ Rascals, hey, kids, let’s put on a show. We throw what we can throw together and have fun with what we can do.”

Nonetheless Bardoux said she was surprised to see companies like Wicked and Vivid flourishing in a down market.

“How are they making that back?” she asked.

“They have some smart people working at those companies,” Lockwood answered.

“Obviously they’re still around, but I’m with you. I don’t know where the profit margin exists but it must exist somehow or else they wouldn’t do it. It behooves those companies to make those big movies, but I’m with you. I don’t know where it comes from.”

On the subject of The Real Boogie Nights, Lockwood said h e had Ron Jeremy playing the Colonel character from the mainstream film.

“Ronnie had been in the original Boogie Nights, but he was cut out of the movie due to time constraints. But he knew Paul Thomas Anderson. When I did The Real Boogie Nights this was before the porn parody revival. This was one of the first ones before the big explosion.

“There was a big concern about whether or not we were going to get sued which is coming back because Fifty Shades of Grey from Smash Pictures has been successfully sued.

“We always did these movies with the idea that parody is protected under Free Speech. You just can’t film a version and call it a parody. It has to be funny. It has to lampoon it. It has to satisfy other things. If you just film a straight-up version you’re liable.”

Lockwood said he was afraid he and the company he was shooting for might get sued, so he had Jeremy contact Anderson because the “legal department was getting sketchy.”

“Because Paul Thomas Anderson had been a fan of porn back in the day- that’s why he made Boogie Nights- he was thrilled that we made a porn version of it. So he actually signed a legal waiver saying that he would not sue us for releasing this movie.”

According to Lockwood, the website Ain’t It Cool News held a 10 year reunion celebration for the movie.

“They invited us because we were real porn stars who had done The Real Boogie Nights, the parody movie. And who should show up but the real Paul Thomas Anderson. So I got to meet him and he had actually seen the movie and said it was great that we had done it. That was a highlight of my career. I completely thought it would never happen.”

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