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Porn Star Brent Corrigan Goes Mainstream (And Gets Award) at Philly’s QFest

With celebrities and reality “stars” dropping x-rated clips on the Web with surprising frequency, it’s easy to forget some adult-film actors are actually parlaying their blue-movie experience into mainstream roles. At QFest, Philadelphia’s just-wrapped LGBT film festival, delectable twink Brent Corrigan—star of such films as The Velvet Mafia, The Porne Identity and Getting Levi’s Johnson—received the Rising Star award for his growing body of non-porn films, including the new release Judas Kiss.

As Corrigan (real name: Sean Paul Lockhart) tells PhillyGayCalendar.com, the award fuels his desire for a major film career: “It spurs me into action…My background and all these things people told me would potentially hold  me back? That’s not such the case. You can do whatever you want out there—it’s how much heart [you put in], how bad you want it and what you’re willing to do to get it.”

 

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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jul 18, 2011
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  • 20 Comments
    • LancerLaw
      LancerLaw

      2nd paragraph “As Everett…” I’m thinking you have him confused with another Brent he’s starred with…

      Jul 18, 2011 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      With so many roles in Hollywood going to Brits and Aussies nowadays, if an American porn actor can crossover into mainstream, I say good for them.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Avery
      Dan Avery

      @LancerLaw: You’re totally right. Thanks for the reminder!

      Jul 18, 2011 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chopsie
      Chopsie

      Hmmm…. ask Traci Lords about this…

      Jul 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony
      Tony

      Sorry Brent, you made the dumb decison to do gay porn…so forget any mainstream film career. But you can still go back to school, maybe get a REAL job. I know that’s not as fabulous as being a movie star…but it’s still more fabulous that doing gay porn.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oh Dear (John From England)
      Oh Dear (John From England)

      @christopher di spirito:

      Nah, all the Aussies have em. The Brits have been there for a while and do more TV. Is it cause they are cheaper?

      Jul 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • idavid
      idavid

      I like the fact he’s breaking stereotypes. Very cool.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 5 · Tony wrote, “Sorry Brent, you made the dumb decison to do gay porn…so forget any mainstream film career.”

      The counter argument, of course, appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan’s, “The Pirates of Penzance” where the Pirate King, talking about his “profession”, says, “Compared to respectability, it is a relatively honest living,” then pointing out the number of monarchs who had killed far more people to stay on the throne than a typical pirate does to rob some ships.

      If being a porn start means you can’t have a mainstream film career, then let’s apply the same rule to being a politician, particularly the ones who are playing chicken with the U.S. economy and who may cause the U.S. to default on its debts for the first time in our history.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ambrose
      Ambrose

      @Tony. What a prude. What’s with the snotty ‘tude, just needing somebody to look down on today?

      Jul 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KalperniaRena
      KalperniaRena

      Wait, I though Queerty was all against using the phrase ‘Twink’?? Sliiiightly hypocritical there guys.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neil
      neil

      Don’t interviewees usually look at the interviewer and not in to the camera?

      Jul 19, 2011 at 1:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann
      Ruhlmann

      @Tony: It doesn’t take much to be a “star” these days.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 2:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Agent 001
      Agent 001

      Study drama, follow with theatre work and maybe he could break into mainstream gay film market, which has higher artistic value outside the gayporn/whore industry.

      After googling his name and seeing flood of X-rated images, text, film results.
      I wonder why would straight potential audience, casting directors, agents etc embrace him?

      As a minority with porn past, this guy would need to work three times harder than straight up and coming actor to get anywhere with his acting career.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 5:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JoeyO'H
      JoeyO'H

      @Ruhlmann:

      Stars only exist in the sky. Chrissakes, the guy serving me my vanilla latte at my local Starbucks thinks he’s a star!

      Jul 19, 2011 at 9:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony
      Tony

      @Ambrose:
      I’m not being a prude at at all, just being realistic. Sorry, if don’t hold porn performers in high regard. Brent illustrates the problem that can happen when these young gays go running to porn. After you see the gay porn life isn’t glamorous at all, you jsut might want to do something else..and can’t. Looks like Brent got a real taste for acting, but now he has his gay porn hanging over his head. I’m just saying, he looks clean and healthy still, so go legite while you still can. There’s plenty of young, dumb losers that will take his place in gay porn.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 9:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sheesh!
      Sheesh!

      Um… This isn’t “mainstream”; it’s an gay independent film festival. That’s hardly more than half a step up from a circle jerk. Let’s not get so myopic as to think this is some major red carpet event. And is this not the worst cable access-esque interview EVER? God! It’s STILL going on as I type this. Sheesh.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jacee
      Jacee

      Geez, what’s with the negativity? Do we tell people who want better for their lives, “Sorry, you fucked up, you’re gonna be fuck up forever, get over it and just deal?” Hell no, we want better for them! Isn’t it refreshing that at least he is TRYING to do something, and has the smarts and tenacity to do it? No, he might not succeed, and he would have to overcome overwhelming odds to just get to a level playing field, if he can ever get there, but at least he’s trying to get somewhere. There are a lot worse ways to deal with decisions you made when you were 18 than to set your goals for something better.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • freedoomboy
      freedoomboy

      I love how the same guys who are disparaging this kid are, most likely, the same ones who jack off to his (and like-others) films!!

      Jul 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 15 · Tony wrote, “@Ambrose: I’m not being a prude at at all, just being realistic. Sorry, if don’t hold porn performers in high regard. Brent illustrates the problem that can happen when these young gays go running to porn. After you see the gay porn life isn’t glamorous at all, you jsut might want to do something else..and can’t.”

      While most “porn performers” no doubt don’t know how to act – acting isn’t a requirement for the job – and would not make it into mainstream cinema for that reason, it is really counterproductive to write people off because they once were in some porn. This country is in big trouble – just look at the debt ceiling crisis and our inability to get past partisan politics. Given the mess we are in, we can’t afford to write people off and make them less productive than they could be, and making an early career in porn a show stopper does just that, reducing not only some hapless guy’s income but also the tax revenue that society gets off of it.

      Whatever you think of prudery, the fact is that we can no longer afford it when it turns one’s distaste for something like porn into a life sentence.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DannyG
      DannyG

      Self-fulfilling bigotry?
      @Tony you say in No. 5 that doing porn was a dumb idea and then imply in No. 15 that it’s because he can’t do anything else because he has it hanging over his head. Your comments read like a moral judgement justified with concerns over the practical implications, which in turn might only be true because of those judgements. If your prediction ends up being true it will only be because of sex-negative people like you who think that way. Also you wrote, “@Ambrose: I’m not being a prude at at all, just being realistic. Sorry, if don’t hold porn performers in high regard.” Not holding porn performers in high regard, without knowing anything else about them, IS being a prude. Good job contributing to being a barrier to people who don’t deserve it.

      @Sheesh!, No.15:
      You’re right that independent films (by definition) are not mainstream and that gay indies are usually not very good by those standards. But I saw Judas Kiss at Qfest and his performance was above that fare, and I see no reason Sean couldn’t step up into mainstream after segueing through straight Indy films with audiences that are more progressive than Tony above.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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