Porn Star - The Legend Of Ron Jeremy (2001)
I started reading a book recently about Ron Jeremy, The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz. Haven't gotten that far yet, but so far it's an entertaining read, and it gives an image of Ron as a surprisingly self-conscious individual, yet at the same time both humorous and confident.
This movie gives a different image, it seems to tell the tale of a lonely individual, like he is keeping his schedule full as to not think about his problems, like there's something missing in his life (stable relationship?)... but at the same time it does look like he's enjoying his fame.
He's everywhere, not just in porn, but in regular movies (though usually with no major roles - and as someone kindly points out - he seems to get killed a lot), in music videos (he played at a Kid Rock concert too), in commercials, in music (he had a rap song hitting the charts), at parties, hanging out with celebrities, pretty much everywhere! Though when they show that scene with him flipping through a photo book with pictures of him together with all these different celebrities it's just sad, why wouldn't we take his word for it? He is a celebrity. What's he trying to prove... to us? To himself?
Ironically, at the time of writing, I haven't seen any porn Ron Jeremy has starred in. You'd think it'd be floating all over the Internet since he's been in so many flicks and is even current record holder with over 1800 movies on his list of merits. He's also special in another way, as one adult director mentions: in his stamina and control. Females (though apparently often exploited) have it easier in the business, they can fake their orgasm, but: you can't fake an erection. And he doesn't do Viagra.
Did you know Ron Jeremy was in Killing Zoe btw? He has a couple of seconds of screen time, getting shot down when he refuses to raise his hands from a desk. So I've seen him in one movie at least! :D It's hard to find out which regular movies he's been in, because at least on IMDB it seems that they are all listed, not just the legit ehm... non-porn ones.
He really isn't a bad actor though, as is shown through many clips in this movie, and along with personal interviews and interviews with other people an image of a very humane, down-to-Earth kinda character takes shape. I wasn't really sure I wanted to post this review on my site, but WTH, I might as well be open and share with the world my views on all the movies that I watch... and in comparison to the babe-filled B-movies I've been reviewing lately this is actually comparatively tame. :) Not that many revealing scenes.
In the movie you get to hear Ron, his sister, his dad, his buddies, fellow adult actors (both new and old) and a few celebrates speak to and of him. It might not delve as deep into his past and his personal experiences as that book that I started reading, but it's a good promo, it's making me all the more interested in the fate of this rather unusual person. Good watch.
rated 3/5: not bad