4. Working Conditions

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
2

During a typical day of filming an "X" rated movie or video a performer is expected to engage in at least two sex scenes,[1021] in a manner pellucidly described by Mr. Margold to prospective male "stars":

You have to be a machine. You have to get it up, get it in and get it off on cue. You have to be able to completely divorce yourself from your surroundings and be able to function in any situation. For example, if you're working on location for a film shoot and staying at a motel for seven days, you have to cope with being in unfamiliar surroundings, getting irregular sleep and living on McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, and still be able to perform sexually no matter what else is on your mind.[1022]

Workdays are twelve to fourteen hours long, with videos requiring three and films seven days to shoot.[1023] During the filming of sex scenes it appears to be standard practice to restrict access to the set to the models and film crew; one actor is reported to have "hastily [covered] his private parts" when a reporter could see onto the set.[1024] In mainstream pornography females, but not males, are normally expected to engage in homosexual as well as heterosexual sex,[1025] while in male homosexual pornography women do not perform at al1.[1026]

Notes

  1. Bennett, supra note 972, p. 72.
  2. Id.
  3. Id.
  4. Goldman, On the Set of An Adult Film. Adult Video News, (1984), p. 10.
  5. See generally, Badgely Report, supra note 924, pp. 1213-21 (analyzing contents of 11 pornographic magazines, with lesbian scenes being "a popular subject" while homosexual male portrayals were nonexistent). In a recent review Hustler urged readers to "check out" a film because of the "daring" performance of a male lead as a "bisexual film director:" The review continued: "no, he doesn't actually make it with another guy; this flick is daring, but not that daring:" Hustler, (April 1986), p. 18.
  6. A recent video which included bisexual activity involving several men and one woman was dubbed by one "erotica" reviewer as "not, strictly speaking, a gay tape" and "probably different from anything you've ever seen." Review, Hustler Erotic Video Guide, (May 1986), pp. 90-91.