Brent Corrigan is going by Sean Paul Lockhart these days.
It’s his “real” name and an indication that the 25-year-old is taking more legit roles, with credits including Big Gay Musical, Another Gay Sequel and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him appearance in Gus Van Sant’s Milk. Now Lockhart is getting closer to center stage in the indie gay thriller Judas Kiss, coming to DVD on October 25.
In the film, Lockhart plays Chris, the love interest to student filmmaker Danny (Richard Harmon). Danny’s kind of going through a rough patch after a strange encounter with… himself. Well an older version of himself, played by Charlie David (Dante’s Cove).
Where does Lockhart think his older self will be in a decade or two? “Directing and writing! I’d like to have had a few books published. Once I get my nonfiction piece, Incorrigible, done, I want to visit some works of fiction,” he says. “In fifteen years [I want to be] married with five horses and 2.5 dogs. No children. I’m not fit for that!” We chatted with Brett… er, Sean about the film, the movie industry (both adult and mainstream) and what he’d tell his younger self.
How did the part in Judas Kiss come your way?
I got the part from previously working with J.T. in a short film written and directed by Judas Kiss co-producer Jody Wheeler. That short, “Out of the Closet” did the festival circuit the same time as Another Gay Sequel, where I played Stan the Merman. I was fortunate to get such a big break with a director as understanding as J.T. and actors as supportive as [Judas co-stars] Richard Harmon and Timo Descamps. I was very new to the whole process and required more rehearsal and prep time. They were all so willing to put in the extra hours with me to ensure that the movie could be as great as possible.
What made you want to do the movie?
J.T. felt it was high time queer cinema showed a side of me that hadn’t yet been revealed in a larger capacity. He was adamant about not using my physicality to sell the film. Though, honestly, we all recognize the Brent Corrigan name has garnered the movie some much-needed [publicity]. Viewers are hooked by the name and interested to see whether I can hack it or not. And then, thankfully, pleasantly surprised I’m not half bad with my clothing on after all [Laughs]. I just needed that first chance—and Judas Kiss was it.
Did you relate to your character?
Chris is a good, honest kid with a true heart and soul—he’s the golden boy. I was surprised, personally, at how easy it was for me to become so open and vulnerable , which is Chris to the core. I relate most to Chris’ determination and work ethic. I started my first company at 19. Now, at 25, I’ve signed an option for my book and a film based on my book. The exterior of Judas Kiss is about filmmakers and what a rat race, or even crap shoot, getting to become a filmmaker can be. Chris does his time, pays his dues, doesn’t manipulate people, chooses not to cut corners and it ultimately pays off for him. While I can’t say as a young person I didn’t cut a few corners myself, I can say I learned first hand just how severe the backlash can be.
How was working with Richard Harmon?
Richard is immensely talented! He’s going to do some really great things and I feel very proud to get a chance to know him at this stage in his career. I’ve avoided seeing him in Dear Mr. Gacy because John Wayne Gacy’s story makes my skin crawl. He reminds me too much of my first adult-film producer. That guy was very predatory—even if he wasn’t necessarily murderous about it.
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