Former Disney heartthrob (Teen Beach Movie) Garrett Clayton spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his role in the upcoming gay murder pic King Cobra (which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival). The movie is based on the 2007 slaying of gay adult film producer Bryan Kocis, who was found torched in his home by Harlow Raymond Cuadra and Joseph Manuel Kerekes. Garret plays the pivotal role of (the formerly underage) porn star Brent Corrigan, and found that the experience came with its own unique set of acting challenges.
“It’s definitely a little bit of its own genre. There’s a montage in the movie where Brent is [going from being] a porn actor to a porn star, and I got to work one day and there was eight men sitting outside of set and they’re like ‘alright these are the people that will be in the montage with you’ and that was a very difficult day…to be…handled by a bunch of strangers. Being touched by one stranger alone is like a lot, let alone eight, and you’re kind of pulling your clothes off, and you have to sell it. It was at the end of that day that I remember calling my mom and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’”
Says director Justin Kelly:
“We all discussed what each person was comfortable with. Each scene or scandalous moment is really only there if it helps push the story forward…So it’s not just about having sex scenes because the story involves gay porn. It really is a part of the story and pushing characters towards their goals — or not….[In one scene James Franco and Keegan Allen are] both fully naked wearing these things called ‘c–k socks’. It was one of those moments where even though we all know what the movie is about and I wrote it, I still shocked myself watching and directing it. ‘Wait, this is kind of insane. We’re just actually doing this.’”
King Cobra stars Clayton, James Franco (of COURSE), Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone, and Molly Ringwald.
Via Towleroad. (Photos: Pacific Coast News)