Porn’s Baby-Faced Brent Corrigan Hosts ‘Another Gay Fundraiser’ June 26 at Lookout
Don’t let his youthful looks fool you. Brent Corrigan has, in his own words, already “weathered a shit storm.” Though he’s only 22 – and looks even younger - the controversial entertainer fought for the legal rights to his adult film name, started two porn companies and, later this year, becomes the prosecution’s key witness in the trial of two men accused of stabbing to death the producer whose footage turned the then-17-year-old talent into a X-rated star.
In town for the June 28 premiere of Another Gay Sequel at the Castro Theatre, the follow-up to the uproarious Another Gay Movie in which he plays “Stan the Merman,” Corrigan first hosts Another Gay Fundraiser at Lookout. Prior to raising money for Community United Against Violence at that June 26 event, the controversial performer took time to talk about his scandal-riddled career and transition toward the mainstream.
(Bay Times) You will testify against the two individuals who - without your knowledge - murdered a porn c?ompany executive to free you from a contract
It’s much more complicated than that, but the situation was, we were in the middle of a settlement and weren’t open to work with other studios. It was very frustrating because we weren’t able to make money at that time. There were other people involved, too, who wanted to produce new films. The next thing we knew, they had gone off and done something unthinkable. It was their crazy way of handling a situation which had absolutely nothing to do with them. Next thing we knew, we were caught in the middle of something, bigger, scarier and much more intimidating than anything we thought we’d be involved in.
This legal battle mentioned centered around your underage work in the porn industry?
I was 17 – well, I was turning 17 – and my then-boyfriend had applied to work for Cobra Video. They just didn’t find him attractive. Months later, they got back in touch with him, and he was being spiteful. He told them, “Too bad you didn’t like me. Now I have this hot fucking boyfriend, and he’s turning 18.” The producer took the bait. As time went on, this small studio run by one individual – it’s an amateur company – found out I was not 18, I was turning 17. It didn’t change his mind, though. He flew me and my then-boyfriend out to Florida in 2004, and we did a shoot. I did two shoots for Cobra video. He spread that over four DVDs. He knew very well how old I was. It was all kept very quiet. I asked questions in the beginning. “Is this right?
Should we be doing this?” My then-boyfriend and the studio said this happens all the time, it should just be kept quiet and then there’s no problem. After those first two shoots, I didn’t do any more work underage.
In the years since, you’ve started your own studio. What has that been like?
Actually, I’m on my second studio. My partner Grant, he’s been with me since the Cobra split, through the civil dispute with Cobra Video, and he stood by me through the criminal investigation into Brian’s death. We started a company with a man named Lee Burgeron, who we found out after Brian’s death was doing side business deals with Cobra Videos. Basically, we were being played on many different levels. Basically, we had to cut our losses and leave that company behind. Last summer, we started BrentCorriganInc.com. Up until Feb. 20, it has just been a blog and fan site. Now we’re producing, doing DVD feature projects and doing a member site.
How did you get involved with Community United Against Violence (CUAV)?
I actually MC’d an event for them a few year’s back, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, in August 2006. It was my first time doing an event like that. I was a nervous wreck during that whole thing! I was extremely honored to be asked to do something like that – and it was a great cause obviously. Community United Against Violence does great things for San Francisco. I was surprised to be singled out to do something like that. Since then, I’ve stayed in touch and am coming back for Pride this year on June 26. I’m doing another benefit for Community United Against Violence and hopefully raise money for a good cause.
Tell me about Another Gay Sequel.
It’s bigger, more outrageous. I remember watching the first one in a packed theatre here in Hillcrest in San Diego. It was the first film since I-can’t-remember when that I watched a film in a theatre like that and everyone was laughing. I know it’s cheap humor. I know it’s campy and it’s slapstick, but it’s all in good fun. I was kind of awestruck by it. When I got a call to come and do an audition for it, I was stunned and obviously jumped at the opportunity. I’m “Stan the Merman,” the main love interest of Jonah Blackman. I’m just so excited. I’m so amped up. This is gay pop culture in the making. We need more of it, and I’m excited to be part of it!