If anything positive has come out of the press blitz The Canyons is currently on, it’s the revelation that leading man James Deen is extremely nice, courteous, gentlemanly and professional, not just for a porn star, but for anyone. (Or rather, it’s a revelation for some; I have never doubted my internet boyfriend.) He continued to be all that in an interview The Daily Beast published yesterday, in which he turns down chance after chance to say mean things about his monstrous co-star Lindsay Lohan, instead striving to understand her behavior in as empathetic a way as possible, because he is the Ryan Gosling of porn. Here are the most diplomatic things he said, paired with some sexy promo shots from the film’s Facebook page.
On the clip TMZ recently published in which LiLo curses him out on set:"Two hours before that, I told her I was doing this film for my own self-gratification—as something exciting and new—and I think she took it the wrong way, as an affront to her profession and as I was just there to hang out. But that whole situation was defused by her taking a time-out and me talking to her and explaining what I meant."
How hard do you think it was for him to refrain from adding, "as one would a child"?
On LiLo's practice of stepping out of line and directing her own scenes:"She has a unique way of communicating. She’s a child star who’s been living in this fame world being chased by paparazzi. I tried to consider that in every interaction with her, so when she speaks, what could be construed as an insult by some was not necessarily intended to be an insult. It was just her communicating her interpretation of the scene."
She isn't being mean when she curses people out. She is just communicating in her own way, like a dolphin with one of those giant dolphin typewriters.
On how he would describe Lilo’s “rare communication style” to those not in the know:"She was raised in the Hollywood system, so she’s used to a certain level of treatment. Instead of saying, 'Excuse me, could you please pass me the water?' She’s used to saying, 'I need water,' and then someone just giving her water. She’s been conditioned to say what she needs and then someone will bring it to her, so I can see why people would consider her to be a train wreckor a bitch or whatever, but her intentions are fine."
Lindsay Lohan's actions are not her fault. They are the fault of the people who raised her.
On the time LiLo locked herself in a closet and refused to take her robe off and shoot a sex scene:"I wanted everyone to be as comfortable as possible to get the scene done correctly. The crew got comfortable, the girl did, and then the other male did, and it wasn’t a big deal. This I believe made Lindsay less comfortable, because she’s never done a sex scene, so to her, this was a big deal that she was showing her boobs and simulating sex, and seeing everyone so relaxed, she felt like she needed to throw some drama in there and bring attention back to her."
If only James Deen hadn't gotten so comfortable about doing his job, all of this could have been avoided.
On which Oscar-bait movie would make the best porn parody:"Well, the patriot in me says take the Bin Laden film [Zero Dark Thirty] and turn it into a gay porn in protest of 9/11. “You terrorize and kill thousands of innocent Americans? Well, we’ll do the most offensive thing possible to you. Take that! And ... there’s bacon in it!”
Just kidding, that was not very diplomatic (or about LiLo). I just wanted to show he's an ideas man.