Francesca Le--The XCritic Interview
By Rob Perez
The first time I remember seeing Francesca Le was in Paul Thomas’ Where The Boys Aren’t 5 where a young Francesca Le was not only directed by a legend, she went head to head with two legends in their own time, Christy Canyon and Racquel Darian. Over 20 years later, Francesca Le is a legend herself and undisputedly one of the top female performers of all time. Today, Francesca continues to be a top draw at conventions with long lines of guys circling around the Evil Angel booth this past year at the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), which happens to be the studio that distributes her and her husband Mark Wood’s LeWood Productions, a legend himself we might add. With their experience and knack for knowing what their fans want to see, the power couple is directing and producing some of porn’s rawest, roughest scenes being filmed today. And they’re doing it with girls ranging from fresh off the bus babes to porn A-listers. From Remy LaCroix’ Anal Cabo Weekend, to the Facial Violations series, if you’re looking for extreme sex mixed with high-end production quality, LeWood is your go-to place. Her own career has followed a chameleon’s path, going from sweet young spinner to hardcore gonzo queen. Whatever your favorite Francesca Le era was, Francesca always performed at her very best and continues to be one of the best performers and directors today!
Facial Violations 1 and 2 have been received very well by critics and fans with part one recently garnering an XCritic pick. Why do you feel there’s an interest in seeing hardcore blowjob themed films such as Facial Violations?
With the parodies and couples-themed titles that have been coming out the last couple of years, fans of hardcore, rough gonzo have less and less to see. So the fans that like it a bit rougher are now interested in titles like Facial Violation.
The LeWood Anal Hazing Crew series has some of the hardest anal scenes being shot. Do you and Mark come up with everything beforehand or is there a collaboration between the performers as to what they’re willing to do, what their limits are and such?
I wouldn't say LeWood Productions' scenes are so rough that a performer wouldn't be able to complete a scene or say stop. We explain and show everything we want out of the performer beforehand. If they aren't comfortable with something we just don't do it or we modify it, that way everyone's happy. And yes, some girls have declined saying it's not their cup of tea.
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Do you and Mark ever watch your stuff on your own time just for pleasure or is it hard to watch yourselves?
I watch the entire movie for post production, quality control and editing reasons, but we don't watch ourselves for any other reason than that.
Butthole Barrio Bitches was one of my favorite films from last year. Please tell me there will be a part 2. Who do you have in mind, cast-wise, for part 2 if there is a follow-up?
Today is your lucky day! Butthole Barrio Bitches 2 is done and available July 8. It stars Nina Lopez, Nicole Ferrera, Angel Del Rey, Aleksa Nicole, and I. You can see the trailer here: http://www.evilangelvideo.com/title/1000009985.
One of the things that makes LeWood standout is that you feature a lot of new girls, up and comers and girls not usually on the porn A-list. Is that because you just find it easier to work with girls that are fresh or to give girls not usually in the limelight some exposure? Your chemistry with such performers is really impressive.
We love working with brand new fresh talent. They bring fun and excitement to the set because everything is new to them so they're still having fun with it. It's also great shooting a new girl and seeing her blossom into a superstar.
One A-list girl you do work with regularly is Remy Lacroix. What is she like to work with and how was she chosen for Anal Cabo Weekend? It is definitely one of the best titles of the year.
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it because we enjoyed making it. Remyis a joy to shoot - always professional and always horny. Remy was chosen because like you said, we have great chemistry together. She's just a down to earth girl who loves sex.
Is there a follow-up with perhaps a different girl in the works?
Yes there is, but I can't say who the girl is. You'll just have to wait and see.
Who’s on your wishlist of girls you definitely want to shoot a LeWood scene with? Is there anything in particular you look for in a girl you shoot?
Roxy Raye and Kenndy Leigh. I look for a great personality and a gaping asshole when deciding on what girls to work with and film.
What titles would you say are the ones that really represent LeWood at their best? Are there any scenes that stand out?
Definitely Facial Violation, The LeWood Anal Hazing Crew, and Remy LaCroix's Anal Cabo Weekend. There are so many great scenes I can't just pick one.
What current projects are you working on; any new series or new volumes coming out we should keep a particular eye out for?
ButtHole Barrio Bitches 2 is coming out, and it's near and dear to my heart as I am Latina. And a brand new title, Anal Required, is on its way. In it Savannah Fox does her first DP, and took two dicks in her pussy for the first time as well.
Outside of LeWood are you working on anything you care to share with us we should be on the lookout for?
Were putting 110% into LeWood Productions right now, so look out for all our new titles at www.EvilAngelVideo.com and www.LeWood.com.
Can you tell me about your MILF In A Box Line by Doc Johnson?
It's gonna be a mold of my pussy that you can easily travel with now because of Doc Johnson's new packaging. I believe it will be available in January.
You and Mark always look like you’re having fun at work. After so many years doing this is how do you two keep from getting jaded?
The girls keep our job fun and fresh.
After being in porn over 20 years and seeing so many changes occur in the business, what would you say has remained a constant thing about the porn industry?
The demand for porn is still here, and it's bigger than ever - that will never change. Also, the want and need for new girls has remained constant.
You remain one of the strongest performers working today. What advice do you give anyone wanting to have a long career as a performer?
Don't believe your own hype and become full of yourself because no one likes shooting a diva.
Name a couple of performers who have retired during the course of your career you wish would make a comeback and why?
Jeanna Fine and Ashlyn Gere because I worked alongside of them on many sets but never had my chance to bang them.
Of all your scenes, which scene stands out as one of your very best? What film was it and who did you work with?
Even though it's not a LeWood Productions release, I would say my bukkake scene from F is for Francesca directed by Jonni Darkko for Evil Angel. I worked with 22 guys.
How can the fans get in touch with you and Mark? What’s the best way to keep up to date with what’s going on with you, LeWood and other projects you’re working on?
The best way is through Twitter: @Francescalexxx and @Markwoodxxx.
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