The porn gateway to success

By Michael Vass | May 5, 2010

The concept of Lindsey Lohan taking on the role of Linda Lovelace in the upcoming movie Inferno got me wondering. Deep Throat ushered porn into the mainstream conciousness. Stars like Jenna Jameson and Traci Lords could not have made the crossover without the breakout hit (that no one ever went to see, except in Portland, Oregon where it played every day for 16 years). But who else took advantage of the exposure porn provided?

There is of course Slyvester Stallone. The most successful porn actor to go mainstream. Not that he had a long or serious porn career. But what about less A-list actors and actresses?

Well there is Sasha Grey. She is an award winning (adult entertainment awards) porn actress. But she has made major headlines when Steven Soderbergh picked her for the mainstream film The Girlfriend Experience.

Sibel Kekilli is a name that may not be too familiar in the U.S. But she has been in 8 major films in Germany, where she has won 4 mainstream film awards. Of course prior to all this Kekilli was already familiar with the camera. She appeared in 13 porn films under the name Dilara.

Katie Morgan is a bit of a surprise. Though she has appeared in 238 adult films (starting in the industry to pay off her bail after being arrested for transporting 100 pounds of marijuana) she crossed over in the major mainstream movie Zack and Miri Make a Porno. What motivation director Kevin Smith had is unclear, but it seems that Katie Morgan is still not quite sure if Hollywood is her cup of tea, as she has gone back to making porn in 2009.

Another actress that seems unclear on her direction is Ashlyn Gere. She’s been on the X-Files on televsion and in the movie The One. But much of her time in the 1990′s (after some of her Hollywood acting) was spent making porn. So she too is unclear where she is going in her crossover.

Lest this list look like only women crossover, there is of course Ron Jeremy. Though to say he is a crossover is not quite right. He has been in and involved with mainstream hits like Boogie Nights, 9 1/2 Weeks, Killing Zoe (great movie by the way), and Boondock Saints. All in minor roles. His biggest crossover was likely the “reality” television show The Surreal Life season 2, where people who don’t watch porn likely first heard of him. Yet the majority of his work has been in the 2,000 porn movies that he continues to make.

In all there have been at least 78 porn actors and actresses that have been involved with mainstream movies and Hollywood since 1973. And there are more than a few mainstream celebrities that have roots or mixed dabblings with porn. Stephen Geoffreys (of Fright Night fame), Simon Rex (from Felicity, Everwood, and Scary Movie 4), Jaimee Foxworth (Family Matters). Of course there are many others.

So is porn such a bad thing? Is it the way to a golden career in Hollywood? The answer to the first is up to you, but the answer to the second is not really. While there have been a few that have crossed over the majority of actors and actresses never have. In fact, like Hollywood, most never make it to the A-list.

Still it was interesting to find out the facts.

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  1. Anon

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