Garrett Clayton On Playing A Gay Porn Star & Keeping His Sexuality Private To Pride Source

garret-clayton-sexualityKing Cobra is finally unleashed in theaters and On Demand tomorrow, October 21. I know what I’m doing this weekend. Garrett Clayton, who plays gay porn star Brent Corrigan, sat down with Chris Azzopardi for Pride Source to promote the highly-anticipated biographical crime-drama film.

The 25-year-old actor talks candidly about plenty of topics including transitioning from squeaky clean Disney star to playing a porn star on film, his butt shot and sex scenes in King Cobra and Corrigan’s criticism of his portrayal. The one thing he’s mum about is his own sexuality. Read below to learn why Clayton doesn’t want to talk about his personal life.

On Prepping To Play Brent Corrigan

One thing I agreed with after Justin and I spoke: to separate the character from real life because to try to mimic him too much would come across like we were trying to make fun of his life, and that’s not what we wanted. We wanted a character who’s a little bit removed from him. I tried to have little things in there that reminded the audience of him, but a lot of it was trying to create a character that was separated enough to a degree that it just didn’t seem like we were mocking him. That was really important.

On Struggles About Going Shirtless On Film

No. The struggles of being an actor who’s only wearing underwear and maybe nothing else – not even underwear at some points.

On Nudity Contract For Filming King Cobra

I spoke to Justin about what I would agree to do, and it was: If you discuss with me first and I can understand logically why the nudity is a sexual act that can promote the plot in this scene, then I’ll do it. When I’m in the shower, it’s a sign he’s becoming comfortable with his sexuality. The montage is showing him becoming a star. At the end, I have my butt shot and, funny enough, that was my idea because Justin and me kept talking, saying, “When are we going to do the butt shot?” because (Brent is) known for his butt. And I was watching and I said, “Why don’t we make him getting the tattoo like ownership of self and being able to do what he wants to do with his body? If we show his ass at the end and we see there’s a tattoo on it, now he can do what he wants to do with his body and he has control over his life and where he’s going.”

On Brent Corrigan’s Criticism Of Him

I think it almost started to affect me. But I made a little mantra: It’s not my place to judge; it’s just my job to tell the story. And the reason we could use his name and likeness was because he got paid and he signed off on his name and likeness, so to a degree he opened Pandora’s box. He let the movie get made, so obviously he didn’t mind if it got made.

On Playing Gay & Pressure To Talk About Own Sexuality

I moved out to LA to have a career where I got to play characters and focus on work and do all these awesome things, and I’m getting to do that now. I just don’t think it’s pertinent to talk about my personal life. I don’t think it adds to the work; it just distracts from it.

I’m supportive of an open-minded lifestyle and letting people do what they want to do with their lives, so it’s nice to be able to do another, different type of role. Acting is about stepping out of body and getting to see different lives and experience different things, and I got to do that in this movie.

On People Who Work In The Adult Industry

One thing I even took away from this: I gained a lot more sympathy for people who work in the adult industry. A lot of times society is so harsh on people who do work in porn, and they’re so judged and scrutinized, and yet they’re so accepted because porn drives the internet, and people watch it so consistently, and it’s a multi-billionaire dollar industry. When you’re done working in it, though, people shun you. They just treat people who work in this industry poorly, and yet they’re watching them alone in their bedroom, supporting them. You can’t pick and choose. You either are open-minded, or you’re not.

To read the rest of the interview, head over to Pride Source.