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Kurt Lockwood Interview



Director Interview: Kurt Lockwood

Kurt Lockwood was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in English then moved to California to tour with a rock band. Kissing Hollywood goodbye, he made his entrance in the adult industry. Kurt has worked with many big name within the industry ,including Belladonna .He has been seen in many titles from Hustler, Vivid , Sex-Z Pictures and even in many of the Playgirl titles which is where the ladies enjoy him most. A director and performer, who is not afraid to push limits, he had strap-on sex in Devinn Lane's Guide To Strap On Sex & LA Vice, claims to have a gay male fan base as well as a huge female fan base and according to his My Space page fan club, has won the hearts and mind of many women who dream of a night with him. Having both males and female attracted to him doesn't seem to faze him in any way.

He has gone from playing a tough guy in some titles to a very romantic and loving person in others. All in all, with all the different roles he has played, none come closer to the real person; he loves his privacy and wants others to respect that part of his life. I got to speak briefly with Kurt on the phone and for all its worth he seemed like a very down to earth guy that wants the best of what has to be offered and will conquer whatever is out there for him be it with his music or as a Director that still hasn't come into his own yet. Given a few years to perfect his own style and skills with the help of a kick ass crew to back him and of course the right scripts and budget, who knows how far Kurt will push the envelope as the perfectionist he states he is. Here are just a few questions in which I asked him during the course of the interview.

1- As a new director with Sex Z Pictures, what problems have you had to overcome as both director and performer on the set?
KL: Well, I'm not exactly a "new" director anymore after two years and eight full length adult features under my belt (four released to date, including Decline of Western Civilization Part 69, LA Vice, Thumb Suckers, and the Lords of Doggy Town) . I wouldn't say there were any "problems" to being both director and performer, more like challenges. You obviously can't watch yourself perform as you are performing so you hire camera guys that hopefully you can trust their experience and artistic eye to give you what you need for the movie whether it's a sex scene or a dialogue scene.

2- Do you find it difficult to separate the performer from the Director and vice versa?

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KL: Whenever I direct a movie I take it totally seriously and completely invest myself in it and don't get much sleep until it's done. I'm a perfectionist and a control freak which gives me a very clear vision of what I want when I'm directing but doesn't give me much time to fully enjoy the movie making experience. Though I'm doing all the fun stuff like directing, acting, having sex, I probably have the least amount of actual fun on my set because it's constantly crew asking me questions. I will literally be wet-wiping the sweat off of me from my sex scene and I've got ten crew members asking me, "Kurt, where do you want the lights for the next scene?" or "Kurt, we need to go over wardrobe for the next girl," or "Kurt, can I have more cash to get more craft service food?" You wear many hats and you have to be good at switching them quickly, haha. I hire great casts, it's my secret weapon. And my casts always end up in behind-the-scenes orgies which I can never participate in because I'm making a million decisions about the movie, haha.

3- Where do you see yourself in 5 years down the line?
KL: I've got a lot of irons in the fire right now. I could definitely see myself performing for another five or more years and moving on to directing as I am heading now. I could also see myself quitting porn altogether, moving to St. Sebastian Spain and starting a family, just spend my days playing with my kids, surfing and smoking Moroccan hash, haha. I also have a few mainstream media projects in the works I am currently involved with; any one of those could take me in a whole new direction. Then there is always my band Porn City Punx (PCP). We just recently opened for Dave Navarro and we've been getting a lot of music industry attention so who knows? I'm happy with any of those options, haha.

4- With all the adult movies to your name , which male performer if any do you see yourself drawing from?
KL: Hmmm. I just try to be myself. I'm honest about myself and I keep it real. That's all you can be. I've just always done my own thing and not given a fuck what anybody thought if it was right or wrong or not and I'm into my fifth year in the business with nearly 1400 sex scenes under my belt (including compilations, under 500 verified by online sources such as IAFD and Adult DVD Empire) and three AVN awards, so I'm pretty happy with my career and where it is heading. I do hope, however, that I have inspired others with my freedom.

5- With all the negative press being printed up, do you think that media focus more on you because of it and has it help or hinder you in any way.
KL: There's bad press about me? Hmmm, I sure couldn't tell by the ten sex scenes I shot this week alone for major companies like Hustler. I guess that means I'm pretty well-liked in the industry. That's a good feeling to have.

6- What challenges do you personally feel as a performer do both men and women face in the adult industry?
KL: Not to let outsiders like worthless porn gossip web-bloggers cause infighting between we who are TRULY inside industry members.

7- In Question 5, just to clarify: Do you feel that all that has been said in all the adult websites are just opinions of those that are fail to understand the life and happenings of all adult performers?
KL: Hmmm, all I've seen are the really great reviews of my movies and my band's gigs on avn.com and of course all the great posts that all my awesome fans leave for me on my My Space page, and my website.

8- In question 6, you mention that the web bloggers and gossip sites affect the industry with infighting among the performers, how much of that is really true? Shouldn't the performers already be used to the things being said?
KL: Well, except that there are brand new 18 year old girls in the business every day who don't know that these gossip bottom-feeders have their own exploitative agenda. They lie and slander with impunity and would cut their own mother's throat for a new banner ad on their porn blog. They are the cancer on the porn industry.

9- I have seen you in several Playgirl Titles, how do those titles differ from the hardcore titles you are used too doing?
KL: The Playgirl Titles are funny. It's porn for women so they care about what the guy looks like. They focus on the guy instead of the girl. I'll have sex with the girl in the same positions as I do for standard porn scenes but the camera will be going up and down my chest and thighs as I thrust into the girl. It's a bit strange actually because like I said, I've shot nearly 1400 sex scenes. So when you do that many sex scenes, it almost becomes like a dance where you lead the girl throughout the scene. These movements include very specific positions which allow for maximum viewing of the female. Okay, I've got that down to fucking "T." Now, throw all of that years of experience of opening up for the camera and displaying the girl away and action! Whenever I work for them, they have to constantly remind me of the different style because I am so trained to open up and display the girl, haha.

10- Outside of the adult and music industry how do you spend your " down time"?
KL: I like to educate myself about the world around me. I love to travel the world. I've been to England, France, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc. If I'm not traveling, a quiet night in with my girlfriend, ordering in, smoke a bowl, catch a movie, hit a club, whatever grabs me...and oh yeah, lots of SEX!!

11- If you were able to have a scene with any woman, any way you wanted , who would that be? (asked by Playgirl Posse Member Sarah)
KL: A three-way with Scarlet Johansen and Madonna, and okay make it a four-way and throw in Angelina Jolie too! She and I share the same birthday and I hear she likes to get freaky, haha!

12- What are you views on porn today compared to the classic porn of the 70's and 80's ?
KL: Whenever I watch a classic porn (which I'll admit is rare), I'm always struck by how much slower the pacing was back then. I mean everything about it, too. The dialogues scenes were slower, the sex scenes were slower, even something like a blowjob scene...the girl is moving in slow motion. Speed=energy in today's porn. The modern mainstream media has taught our eyes how to process imagery and information at a much faster rate than ten, twenty or thirty years ago. I think that's reflected in the pornography of the times vs. today as well.

13- In question 12 , you said you aren't to much of a fan of classic porn, isn't porn from that time considered more sensual, holding the focus of the viewer and there wasn't such a hang up on looks as it is today?
KL: Whatever floats your boat... I don't think there is ENOUGH emphasis on looks. We are shooting porn! Porn is naked people having sex. We as porn performers, in theory, are supposed to represent a sexual archetype, an ideal. Since mainstream stars won't do it on camera, we who do should be representative of heightened human sexuality. That's what the market wants so that's what we should give them. I'm not saying that there isn't room for all types, shapes and sizes, like I said, "Whatever floats your boat...," but we should always be reaching for a higher standard. The industry has changed much in this regard over the past five or so years already. There used to be a time when the main joke about porn is that "the guys were all old, ugly, and fat." I don't think anybody would try to level that charge at the industry today. I'd like to think that I played and continue to play a role in that positive male talent industry image makeover.

Credited with winning several awards at the 2007 AVN Show this past January , Kurt has come along way in his fifth year as an adult performer. While Kurt was nominated or in a number of movies that were nominated for awards, he took home an award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie To Die For by Vivid Entertainment, hoping to take home even more awards from the XRCO, FAME, and other organizations throughout the year. Here at X Critic a great many titles with Kurt Lockwood as a performer and Director have been reviewed (Decline of Western Civilization Part 69, LA Vice, and Thumb Suckers) and can all be purchased at Adult DVD Empire. I want to thank Kurt Lockwood for his most earnest replies to my question and I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.

Ravyn



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