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PORNSTAR: The Legend of Ron Jeremy - The Tom Joad interview PART ONE

Ok folks, Harry here... and I'm here to warn you RIGHT NOW... This is an interview with Ron Jeremy... it will go into his Porn Career as well as the recent documentary about Ron Jeremy.... THE RESULTING TALK BACK WILL GET "XXX" Rated... there is no way I'm going to get in the way of it... So folks... You just do what you have to... and if you can't handle talk about helicoptering, tea-bagging or wolf-bagging... just run for the hills with your pretty hands over your ears and eyes... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!

Tom Joad here, with a report from SXSW 2001. I’ve watched a number of documentaries over the past four years, many of which have delved into the subject of porn and the adult entertainment industry. So many documentaries on the subject have been done, they have fragmented into their own sub genre: the porn doc.

Two years ago at SXSW I was shown my first glimpse of porn as it was dissected and exposed to the world via documentary. I watched WADD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN HOLMES & SEX: THE ANNABEL CHONG STORY, and I didn’t like what I saw. Both films went to great pains to present their subjects in turmoil or as tragedies, to show how unwise choices in the industry can lead to one’s destruction. This didn’t jive with my feelings on porn.

I love porn. Swedish Erotica #26 introduced me to the true world of what adults do when the kids aren’t around. It’s where everything began to make sense. Forever banished from my mind were the illustrations from Gray’s Anatomy Handbook. They were replaced with the real deal holyfield in my mental rolodex from that day forward. It’s my god given right to porn that makes me love this country so much (that and the fact we can wipe anyone else off the planet.) I’ve always regarded it warmly, that is, until the opening credits of SEX:TACS - scenes of Annabel amidst groans and grimaces which resembled agony over pleasure. I knew then that the film was not going to paint porn with very pretty brushstrokes. Sure enough, close to ninety minutes later, I was feeling as though I had been put through the ringer and ended up not watch porn for a very long time.

The same adverse tone was set with WADD, which leads one to suspect that regardless of whether John Holmes had ever done porn, he still would have wound up a thief. (I won’t even delve into his being involved in murder.) Again, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR featuring Stacey Valentine and showing her two opposing views of the industry created a negative enough connotation, resulting in another spell where porn wasn’t desirable. In my opinion, each of these films I have mentioned are very good. I learned a great deal from each and every one of them, but I just get really tired of all the negativity that came along with them. The porn doc has become synonymous with skeletons in the closet, with exposing the worst, with painting a tragic picture of porn. Until now. This year’s SXSW brought Scott Gill’s PORNSTAR: THE LEGEND OF RON JEREMY, and his take on the man, the myth, the legend, the life, the love, the hedgehog, THE Ron Jeremy.

And what a refreshing take it is. Finally, we’re shown a legend of the adult business, who has always had his wits about him, who has not succumbed to drink or drug and who continues to enjoy working toward a life of acting outside the adult entertainment industry.

We’re introduced to Mr. Ron Jeremy, a man with tremendous charisma and a genuinely nice guy, who has starred in over 1000 adult films and dozens of Hollywood films. Ron began acting in high school in Queens before attending Queens College where he studied theater and education. After receiving his double major in Theater and Education, Ron worked with children with disabilities and performed at comedy clubs, trying to make it as an actor before entering the adult industry.

Starring in 1979’s Women in Love, Ron officially entered the porn business. Branching out in 1986, Ron cross-pollinating Hollywood doing consultant work for Adrian Lyne’s on Nine 1/2 Weeks and for John Frankenheimer’s 52 Pick-Up. Eventually directing many high profile adult titles, including the Divine Brown (Sunset and Divine: The British Experience) and John Wayne Bobbitt (John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut, Frankenpenis) films. A consummate performer, Ron is always a good time to be around. He regularly attracts a crowd wherever he goes, and he’s always out to see and be seen.

PORNSTAR shows us Ron as he travels from gig to gig, rarely vacationing, hustling from set to set, and most tragically, repeatedly taking great pains to get to a set, only to be denied spots on television and radio shows, due to his reputation as an adult performer. Undaunted by adversity, Ron continues to work to fight for the opportunity to further his Hollywood career.

This is one porn-doc that won’t turn you off to pornography. Hell, you may even pop one into the VCR that same night - and in the current trend of films documenting the adult industry, that is no easy feat. That should make director Scott Gill smile, his prior editing work truly paid off here - as he exemplifies true skill at layering the film together, intercutting dialogue with relevant vintage clips and shots that lend true perspective to the material.

One amazing insight that continues to stick with me are the shots of Ron’s notebook. Ron carries a notebook with him everywhere he goes, containing the names and numbers of all those he knows and meets. But what is amazing are his organizational skills. Each page of the book is so filled with names and numbers with arrows pointing to other names and numbers showing Ron who introduced him to whom and where he met particular people, that it actually appears at a glance to be ancient hieroglyphics. The notebook represents an incredible amount of information all instantly accessible to Ron and nearly indistinguishable to anyone else. It was this glimpse that allowed me to see how Ron’s mind works - and how it operates on a plane unto itself. This man possess massive intellect - he just lacks the forum to express it. I believe though, that one day soon we’ll be seeing more and more of Ron in more and more non adult roles - as his master plan to invade Hollywood continues to work itself through to completion - and that is a day I eagerly await.

A few days later, Annette Kellerman and I were granted the opportunity to sit down with Ron Jeremy and pose a few questions for him. Proving to be more than accommodating, here is the transcribed audio from the interview, we will hopefully have the interview up for you to watch soon, but until then... enjoy.

TOM JOAD: What’s up with you?

RON JEREMY: I’ve got something new, I just got these. Check it out - the Ron Jeremy Rolling Paper. I don’t smoke pot. I smoked a little pot in college. They’ll be in every head shop in the country and half the world. My roommate Natalie started to cry - she says it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened, and that, ‘Elvis Presley hasn’t been on rolling paper!’ That’s what’s so funny, cause I’m so straight!

JOAD: So are you a big fan of movies?

JEREMY: I’m a big fan of movies in general, sure. I don’t know a lot about (the making of movies) but I know some - I know a lot of facts... but I have a lot of favorites. I love Laurence Olivier - he is my favorite actor. Although I just met at the SAG awards a just a few days ago - that’s why I couldn’t be here for the first screening (of PORNSTAR) I was at the Screen Actors Guild awards and i met people who knew me and it makes my fucking day. I ran into Geoffrey Rush - I just think he’s so phenomenal, I saw Quills - everything he does he plays such a totally different character. And he worked with Lynn Redgrave who’s in my video, Freak of the Week, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Shine and I believe he was nominated too, he’s phenomenal, just a great, great, great actor and I met him, and he knew who I was. I met kate Winslet, who did not know who I was. I saw Whoopi Goldberg, who knew. I met Cameron Crowe, and I know Fairuza Balk - who worked for him, the entire cast was nominated for a SAG award for ensemble cast - Traffic won. So Cameron Crowe, you know, knew who I was and we had a nice chat and he told me this story about Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn and how they have a picture of me that’s hanging up on their wall that I gave it to J.T. Walsh - before he died he gave it to them. So they do own my photograph, it is in their house, and they told Cameron Crowe the story. They said meeting me was a warm experience. They told me that story - true facts, no lies. And this is a guy who directed such great movies!

JOAD: What did you think of Almost Famous?

JEREMY: I loved it, I also got to meet Kate Hudson and her husband Chris Robinson from Black Crowes, I shook their hands. I go every year to the SAG awards. I like when the public will often yell and when I walk by the public will start screaming. So those idiots at SAG who don’t know that I’m pretty famous suddenly realize, ‘Hey, they do realize who that guy is, don’t they?’ I like to show off a little bit, because people don’t know, like what Scott said in the documentary, when people come up to me for autographs, a lot of Hollywood people don’t know that that happens with me. They won’t even believe it if you tell them. Then they’re with me at a rock ‘n roll show and the crowds bust into applause. They go, ‘Jeez, this guy really is known.’ It’s like pulling teeth in Hollywood sometimes. The documentary at least, points it out.

JOAD: Which must make it difficult to get jobs in Hollywood.

JEREMY: Yes, because sometimes they’re thinking, ‘Oh, who knows who he is?’ I did the Staple Center, the Rock was doing a gig there, the Smackdown in L.A. about a month ago and I went in there and the whole crowd started saluting me. The wrestlers on stage had to stop what they were doing and look over at me, and the whole crowd knew. Will Smith was there with his parents, B. Real was there, and they all saw the whole crowd start to yell and scream at me and bow. And they caught it - so they know. It just takes a while to convince the other people.

JOAD: What’s your opinion of the whole rock ‘n porn connection?

JEREMY: Rock and Porn go together because they are both such renegade industries. Both are industries that are on the edge to some extent. Funny thing, though, is that rock and roll actually caters a lot to kids. The rock and roll audience is like age thirteen through seventeen, so it’s two different industries in a way, so there are always going to be some problems. Rock and rollers love adult film stars and adult film stars love rock and rollers, so it’s a match made in heaven. That renegade, on the edge, alternative lifestyle that we’re all so similar at. I’ve been in fifteen videos for MTV, including Beavis and Butthead and recently I got to do the Andy Dick show. Of course, rock stars will do music for porn films and they’re using porn stars on their album covers, like Blink-182 did with Janine MULLER and stuff, so there is a liaison of work there. It works out just fine.

JOAD: I remember when Zane was working with the WWF to put together a huge cross promotion campaign, there was talk of action figures of Tom Byron, etc....

JEREMY: I think that action figures might be crossing the line a little too much. Mainstream still has an attitude that you can’t force porn on a public that doesn’t want it. Action figures go into toy stores, and that creates a huge conflict of interest. You’re going to have a problem with major corporations. While some major corporations are involved in porn, like Time Warner and the Spice Channel or HBO and the public access channels, or in the case of AT&T, who now owns satellite channels by the Hot Network and Vivid, AT&T is basically now a pornographer. They own XXX-rated channels and satellite stations. Again, one of the jokes I made earlier, a lot of the religious stockholders were upset, until they said, ‘How much was that check for? Oh - it’s okay.’ Money talks... But having porn star action figures in toy stores? Not gonna happen in our lifetime.

Until next time - Tom Joad


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  • Ha, ha, ha.

  • March 28, 2001, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The man, the myth, the legend....

    by Emmit Devay

    ...Ron Jeremy! What an uber stud. The man rules. Then again, I would too if I were that big.

  • March 28, 2001, 5:17 p.m. CST

    about the XXX talkbacks.......

    by Ghibli-San

    So far I'd say the talkbacks are PG-13, I'll try to "XXX'n" it up a little bit. MAN RON JEREMY HAS ONE GIGANTIC COCK. My favorite Ron Jeremy scene is when he fucks Traci Lords hard. :)

  • Ron Jeremy and Peter "The Geyser" North have to be two of the funniest, most respectable people in existence. Kudos.

  • March 28, 2001, 8:35 p.m. CST

    You have no idea...

    by mr whitefolks

    This interview is nothing surprising to me, since I have actually met the man on a couple of occasions. He's something else, let me tell you. Not only have I talked to him, I've watched him do stand up comedy! Yes! Stand up comedy! At a strip club in sacramento! It was like time and space were exploding all at once...and not because it was funny, because it really wasn't. I love the man, but he has no career as a stand up comic. But he did do this one bit with his impersination of Christopher Reeve at a strip club...but perhaps that story is for another day.

  • March 28, 2001, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Jenna Jameson vs. Serentiy! I'll be the ref for that match!!!

    by Psyclops

    I love porn. I'd be a fool to deny it. There's something about beautiful naked women doing naughty things to each other that just pulls on my heart strings. Oh, wait... those aren't my heart strings.

  • March 28, 2001, 9:19 p.m. CST

    People, let's not forget the SOFT CORE porn stars.

    by Psyclops

    SARAH ST. JAMES is a major hottie!!! KIM WYLDE rules the earth!!!

  • March 29, 2001, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Blow anyone off the planet huh...

    by Bosun Dan

    Eat a lot of beans do ya?

  • March 29, 2001, 1:05 a.m. CST

    "XXX" my ass... Where's the scat?

    by xavier masterson

    Ron needs to strap on some bio-mechanical "Manga" armor, smear his gut with shit, violate some japanese school girls with multiple cock tendrils and proclaim to the sexual deviants of Japan that he is there God!

  • March 29, 2001, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Traci Lords......

    by The True Priapic

    ROn Jeremy fucked Traci Lords?FUCK...What a lucky fucker.not bad for someone so fucking ugly.Porn is cool,but don't expext everyone to like it.German chicks seem okay with it but some english birds are totally turned off.Be careful.Traci Lords fucking rocked man.Not many porn stars looke like theyre actually enjoying fucking but Traci...woooo!!I mean the whole Jenna it me or is she looking well dodgy these days..still I wouldn't say no to a blow.Tooo much makeup fo my liking on Jenna.A true sign of a dog.My mate in NY went to a porn convention and met her and said up close she was minging!!Maybe she suits the tube.Traci,man!!Oh,Traci.Get back in the business luv,I can't watch any normal film youre in without thinking of you suckling big dick.Jeesus,a friend went net searching for Traci piccys and man!!!she did a lot of guys,holy fuck!!Bet shes got a lovely personality too.Ha Ha ha.Personally I liked Missy in Satyr.Cute.But she looked ragged in that Flashpoint.Then gain all the chicks did!Ha Ha Ha.

  • March 29, 2001, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by Knight says"Ni"

    I love porn as much as the next guy, but who the hell wants to watch that fat hairy fuck bounce up and down?! How this guy ever made it big in porn is beyond me. He looks like a miniature sasquatch from the old Six Million Dollar man show. Must be bad breath, belly button fuzz, and dingle berries were considered hot in 70s porn (no offence Harry).

  • March 29, 2001, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Hey now...

    by The True Priapic

    ..leave Ron alone.He's an ugly cunt but he's fucked more broads than the entire talk back put together.And Tracci..Oh Traci....Oh,fuck it.I'm off to get off.P.S.Christina Halfalager swallows..god,I wish I knew if that was true...PHWOOOARR!

  • March 29, 2001, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Oh look I made an indy film about porn

    by farthead

    I am so freaking sick of these lame as film makers doing documentaries on the porn industry! I am a film maker and actually write scripts and try to do something new and original for film fests. It is such a sell out do a pic about porn. How hard is it (no pun intended) to get into a fest with a porn doc? It is so last year. Use the few brainsells and money you have to do something we haven't seen before. And how difficult was it to get the biggest (pun intended) sell-out of a porn star to be in it. Ron has cameoed in more stuff then all the kid stars of eighties sit-coms combined. Oops I just slipped off my soap box, I think i sprang my ankle, damn!

  • March 29, 2001, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Cunt Fuck Cunt Fuck Cunt Fuck Moneyshot

    by Squashua

    I figured I'd make this a little more XXX rated than it already is. Peter North kicks ass. He was on The Man Show last night too. Last!

  • March 29, 2001, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Teabagging is...

    by Squashua

    ...doing it during the period, I think. Something having to do with the tampon...

  • March 29, 2001, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Teabagging and that a word?

    by Jaka

    Helicoptering, I believe, is when the guy is on the buttom on his back spinning a girl on his cock. Teabagging, I am 99% sure, is dropping your nuts in and out of whatever sexes mouth you prefer. Teabagging, get it? I, unfortunately do not know what the wolf one is about. Anybody?

  • March 29, 2001, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Only in America....

    by Homer Jay

    God bless this great country of ours where a fat, hairy guy with a monster cock can be a cult hero. Here are 2 more porno terms for you: "fluffer" and "felching". Gold star for whoever knows what these terms mean. The latter is beyond nasty.

  • March 29, 2001, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by DETOUR

  • March 29, 2001, 2:54 p.m. CST

    porno terms

    by teamjackinhoof

    Fluffer: someone needs to keep the male talent ready for action. Usually used in gangbangs or bukakke flicks. Felching: not sure about the particulars but I believe it has something to do with sucking sperm from someone's asshole. I would like to know what wolf-bagging is...?

  • March 29, 2001, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by DETOUR

    Pretty pathetic. The guy's such a celebrity whore it's embarrassing. Oh, guess what? He knew me...and she recognized me...and they had my photo on the wall. Who cares! When Ron Jeremy walks inevitably lurks himself into every porn film, my finger's on fast forward. GO AWAY!

  • March 29, 2001, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I will certainly use Ron in my mainstream Hollywood pictures! Al

    by Sith Witch

  • March 30, 2001, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Poor farthead...

    by SykkBoy

    Why so pissed? because your drek doesn't get picked up? Here's a crying towel, go have yourself a big whimper... While Ron isn't the most pleasant looking of people, when you shake his hand and meet him, all will be explained...he has more charisma in his little pinky than most have in their whole body...his big cock helps too and the fact he can get it up on cue... I also get upset at the Hollywood snobs who have no problems making movies about porn, but cut porn stars off at the knees who try to cross over...please, the only difference between Demi Moore and Houston is that Demi Moore makes more money...basically isn't everyone in Hollywood a whore? I got a kick out of John Waters' speech on the recent Independent Spirit Awards wondering who will be the first actress to do a penentration shot in a movie..."that's the last taboo" It was part of his speech decrying the scarlet letter of NC17... the difference being of course if Sharon Stone did a penetration shot she'd ask for $20mil + points and probably get nominated for an Academy Award and would be widely praised for "taking a risky chance"... Just remember in porn, it's illegal to have a charcter underage (even if the actress is over 18) yet Titanic got an Academy Award for showing a 17 year old charcter nude and in a sexual situation...Cameron gets an Oscar, Jeremy would receive a jail sentence...

  • March 30, 2001, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by MercilessMing

    Are you here?

  • March 30, 2001, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Take porn for what it is...

    by fredman73

    This is the perfect example of how absurd it is that some filmmakers actually place the porn industry on the same level as REAL filmmaking. Ron Jeremy shouldn't be so upset if he can't get more established in legitimate film/TV when he has that porn monkey on his back (figuratively or literally?). He made his bed and he's lying in it. I am *NOT* anti-porn by any means, but let's not treat the industry as more than what is is -wannabe actors with no more skills than being able to get off in front of a lens. That doesn't mean that porn doesn't have its place, but that place is at the rock bottom of the so-called 'entertainment' industry. And I'm *NOT* saying I'm above viewing the stuff from time 2 time. Ron seems sincere enough, but jeez, man, don't take yourself so seriously - you're a PORN star not an 'artist'. Shave your back and lay off the Big Macs while you're at it. At least he proved that anybody can get laid - and get paid for it.