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Studio1x Productions Presents: Pillow Fight


🎥 Studio1x Productions Presents: 🎥
Pillow Fight
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Starring: Kings & Dom
Underwear supplied by My Booty Wear


'I’ve thought about that a lot. Here we were, in this movie about a queer family, and all of the principal actors were straight. I look back and go, 'Ouch. Wow.' I don’t know that we would do that today. I don’t know that we would be comfortable.' 
Julianne Moore


Oscar winner Julianne Moore's comments about her role in The Kids Are All Right' is emblematic of many discussions and debates about whether straight performers should act 'gay for pay.'  Whether it be in Oscar nominated Hollywood films, or videos and images for adult films and Onyfans, 'playing' gay is something many performers have had consider.  


Last year, Ryan Murphy got mixed reviews for casting James Corden in The Prom.  Some thought Corden was great, others thought his turn was homophobic an offensive. Hiring straight actors for gay roles is a complex issue, and one without a simple answer.  Of course LGBTQ actors need more representation, much more, performances like Wilson Cruz's turn in My So Called Life were transformational for countless viewers.


That being said, there are a couple of counter points to always casting roles according to the actors corresponding gender.  First off, it's acting and if you only hire gay actors for gay roles, then it's going to be even harder for gay actors to get roles as 'straight' characters.  


There's also the fact that some of us, sort of like to see straight actors in gay and bi roles.  I remember watching Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal doing press for Ang Lee's  Brokeback Mountain.  There was an annoying fascination by the press to ask how it 'felt' to play a gay character, especially in the love scenes.  

It was annoying to watch, and seemed also annoying to Ledger and Gyllenhaal, yet at the same time, I understood it.  There's almost an added element of excitement in some scenes, knowing the actors are playing against type.  I'm still surprised when I find out adult film stars in gay porn are straight.  Just recently I profiled porn star Brady Jensen. (HERE:)  In doing research for the piece, one of the last stories I ready was about his engagement to a woman.  He certainly deserved an award for some of the scenes he filmed.

This added element of excitement, much like a fetish, is one of the reasons so many gay men are drawn to the OnlyFans pages of straight models and performers.  Truth of the matter is that most subscriber's to adult sites and OnlyFan pages are men.  That means that many straight male performers, if they want to grow their audience, need to create content that will attract gay male subscribers.  This was the motivation behind this shoot with Kings and Dom with Jim from Studio1x

For Kings and Dom it wasn't so much about 'playing gay' or bi but simply playing.  Having fun with another male model in order to ensure their viewers were getting the most of their memberships.  They guys were actually 'playing' bi, as they've also done a lot of content with other female models as well.

When I initially asked Jim about a shoot for The Academy Awards, he didn't have anything directly on theme.  He did however, describe a shoot that caught my attention...  The description had me thinking both guys were going to have to stretch their acting muscles. 

'I just finished a hotel shoot. Two straight guys. They are out of town in a hotel wake up and one thing leads to another and turns into a pillow fight. Movie is called pillow fight starting Dom and Kingsley.  It's their first implied bi experience.'


You can feel the initial tension in the nervous laughs, and 'I can't believe I'm doing this; expressions, especially when Jim suggests they start with a pillow fight and then maybe.. some wrestling.  The guys worked up quite a sweat rolling around on the bed and when they were done, a shower was definitely required. 





The Male Nude in Cinema: 1991


I was still in Jr High in 1991 and spent most of my weekends hitting the movies with my friends.  I saw everything, including most of the movies I'm featuring here.  Some of the biggest, and hottest box office stars of 1991 included Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro and Harrison Ford.  Believe it or not, Charlie Sheen also made the list thanks to his previous roles in Navy Seals and Major League and his 1991 film Hot Shots.

Coming off 1990's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, actor Kenau Reeves was also at the top of his career, and the top of the box office in 1991.  Keanu was in four films in 1991 including the sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Adventure as well as Providence, Point Break and My Own Private Idaho.  The film became a cult classic and is considered a landmark film in New Queer Cinema, an early 1990s movement in queer-themed independent filmmaking.

My Own Private Idaho

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Although The Silence of the Lambs won the Academy Award for best picture, the highest grossing film of 1991 was Terminator 2, Judgement Day.  Like the first film, the terminator landed on earth in his birthday suit, but star Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a lot more clout in the business, and showed much less nudity than he did in the first film in the franchise. (see HERE:)  No frontals in Judgement Day, but actor Robert Patrick gives us bit more butt when T-1000 makes his arrival. 


1991 was a hot year for erotic thrillers.  Many made short appearances in the theatre before quickly hitting the shelves of local video stores.  Shannon Tweed was the softcore queen, so much so, I devoted a theme day to uncovering some of her hottest co-stars. (HERE:)  So many familiar actors dropped their pants in erotic thrillers.  In 1991 alone, Tom Skerritt, Andrew Stevens, William Katt, James Brolin, Gregory Harrision, Wings Hauser, Scott Valentine and Marc Singer.

Inner Sanctum

Martin Hewitt in Carnal Crimes & Crime Lords

If Shannan Queen was the prince of softcore, Martin Hewitt became the prince.  It's a crime that after his 1981 debut in Endless Love that Hewitt didn't become a bigger star.  Movie roles were scarce after his turn in Endless Love and Hewitt spent most of the rest of the 80's working on television.  By the time the nineties rolled around, Hewitt made the move to softcore films, with 1991 marking the first of a string of films he made in the early to mid-nineties.

Crime Lords

Two of his first were 1991's Crime Lords and Carnal Crimes.  Both were initially released on VHS, and I don't think Crime Lords ever made a transfer to DVD.  I did find a grainy copy on Youtube which provided the brief clip above.

Carnal Crimes:

If Looks Could Kill

So, actor Richard Grieco was not nude in 1991's If Looks Could Kill, (aka Teen Spy) but his scene in his tighty whities was a scene, incredibly memorable to me.  I remember being with a group of friends, and fighting hard to hold in my excitement, and to hid my erection, during the scene.  Good thing for big tubs of popcorn. 

-Check out more moments of Male Nudity from 1991 in the post below-

1991: Actors & SKIN


Viggo Mortensen in Indian Runner


If you grew up in the 90's, you most like saw some of writer and director Peter Greenaway's films.  I never any of them in the theatres, but they often seemed to rotate on late night cinema on TV.  I remember being frustrated by the nudity, and they were fast forward scenes for sure.  There was often a lot of full frontals, from extra's, but the scenes were quick and full of dance and movement, and hard to really get into.  Occasionally, like the scene below with actor Mark Rylance, the scene was focused enough to get a decent view.

Prospero's Books

Tom Berenger, At Play In The Fields of the Lord

Julian Sands in Sons And Lovers

I Knew whenever I hit Blockbuster, that if Julian Sands was in a movie, there was a decent chance there would be nudity.  I'd forgotten about renting (on VHS) Husbands And Lovers until searching for films for this piece.    Sands had several frontals in the movie, and this films deserves a decent Blu-ray release. 


Backdraft

It was only a few seconds, but man, William Baldwin and Jason Gedrick's shower scene was the highlight of Backdraft.  Those few seconds ertainly packed a hot punch and made an impact. 


Sleeping With The Enemy

Of course I hated Patrick Bergin's character n Sleeping With The Enemy.  It didn't stop me however, from renting the flick, even after seeing it in the theatre, just to get another look at Bergin's brief butt scene.


Close My Eyes

Close My Eyes is the only film included that I didn't actually see back in the 90's.  I didn't watch the Clive Owen led drama until a few years ago.  Owen was so beautiful in the film, and he showed off his incredible body in a couple of scenes.