The Mystery of True Grit XXX and Carlos Cavero

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I’m bringing all this up for a reason.

Today on his show, Rob Black talked about a number of porn’s unsolved mysteries, one of them being the Pleasure Dynasty studio run by Carlos Cavero. Cavero backed a porn version of True Grit, a movie that never got finished. Or, if it did, it’s in someone’s private screening room.

Whether you’re watching the John Wayne version, or the one with Jeff Bridges, the female character Mattie Ross is looking for a man with True Grit to take down some bad guys. The porn version of the movie was directed by Alt Porner JackTheZipper. If memory serves correctly JackTheZipper was Kimberly Kane’s boyfriend.

Pleasure Dynasty, in fact, was looking for investors with true grit to put up the money to make it.

To put things in perspective, Pleasure Dynasty, run by Carlos Cavero, was the same company behind Black’s “Taxi Driver XXX” starring Tommy Pistol, as well as Training Day.

Pleasure Dynasty apparently found said investors for True Grit in SeeCurb Productions.

Under the agreement, SeeCurb Productions was to release 3 high-end features in collaboration with Pleasure Dynasty. The studio’s first scheduled movie was True Grit XXX to be released under the company’s parody platform.

The movie was to wrap principle photography November, 2011. Except it didn’t and there might be a reason for that.

In another one of its bullshit pieces, AVN hailed JackTheZipper as “The Stanley Kubrick of porn.” In the article, JackTheZipper was telling the story about how a chance meeting at a Ralph’s with Howard Levine of Exile Distribution, which distributed for Pleasure Dynasty, brought the deal together.

Zipper was to begin shooting “True Grit XXX” October, 2011 and it starred Mark Davis as the Rooster Cogburn character and newcomer Alyssa Branch as Mattie Ross.

“Expect it to look like 1876 from front to back,” Zipper said.

“It’s basically a remake of the original Charles Portis novel that the [2010] film adaption was based on.”

Zipper was adapting the screenplay for adult.

According to Zipper, locations would include an authentic Civil War cabin and some old Western town sets from classic Hollywood.

“We’re going to be out in the open Plains to capture all the grandeur,” Zipper touted.

“We’re going to be on horseback. We’re going to have authentic weapons from the 1800s. We have re-enactor clubs joining in. We’re going to have as much detail as we can possibly accomplish.”

In addition to Davis and Branch, the “True Grit XXX” cast was to include Michael Vegas as LaBoeuf and Xander Corvus as Tom Chaney.

“Mark Davis can’t wait to shock everybody,” Zipper added, noting that Davis was even growing a ‘big, old, silver beard for me.’

“Alyssa Branch grew up on horses. She’s a team player — smart as a whip. That was the pivotal casting decision, to make sure Mattie had all the qualities the story calls for. Alyssa gives me confidence.”

Zipper said he’d been looking for a guy like Corvus for a couple of years.

“He’s an actor who’s operating on a pretty high level for adult. I think he brings that iconoclastic sort of energy that I’ve been looking for.”

When you use the word “iconoclastic” in an adult press interview there’s every reason to expect success.

So what happened? Two things from what I’ve been told. The shoot went $25,000 over budget and was pulled.

Then there was a little matter of the production being busted for lack of a permit. Going $25K over budget and not having a permit doesn’t add up, but park rangers evidently didn’t take that into consideration when they found the Zipper crew in the National Forest shooting without one. Or so that was the story going around the business.

Whatever happened, I know one thing. There was no longer a mention of the feature on the Exile Distribution website docket.

Just another of porn’s unsolved mysteries.

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