Well. I encountered James Deen briefly at the XBiz Awards in LA this past January, and of course I watched him live on Flirt4Free, for Valentine’s Day with Cockyboys Levi Karter and Liam Riley – which was a total blast. People had told me James Deen was awesome. They told me he was funny and sexy and that I should really, really check out some of his porn. But I didn’t, because as you (probably) know, James is straight. And does straight porn. With women. Sometimes more than one woman, at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I am not accustomed to seeing women in the porn I watch, and even if the guy is super hot and incredible at fucking (which James most certainly is), I just didn’t think I could handle it.
So it wasn’t until I sat down to write this article that I actually spent some time getting more familiar with James. And I have to say, I am jumping on the bandwagon. I still haven’t watched any of his scenes (although I haven’t completely ruled out the possibility), but I can tell you from his hilarious, irreverent twitter feed, and his chic and popular blog, that James is totally deserving of the interest. Some people play the game of being so badass that it doesn’t matter what others think of them – James Deen is actually that badass. He literally tweets 90s song lyrics on a semi-regular basis – and he doesn’t even do it ironically. He means it. He also tweets and blogs about cats, or whatever he feels like, apparently, and what he feels like is pretty awesome. You could almost say he’s… cocky. And he’s strangely adorable, at the same time that he is inarguably someone who makes a career out of fucking, and fucking a lot.
What does it mean to Cockyboys and their thousands of amazing fans, most of whom are (just like me) in it for the GAY porn, to be able to collaborate with a straight porn star? Aside from the fact that the Valentine’s Day special gave Liam Riley the chance to snuggle up with his favorite porn crush and even claim “marriage” to him, adopting the name “Liam Deen,” it’s pretty fantastic that someone of James’ scope and caliber was into spending this quality time with a more niche porn studio such as Cockyboys. For fans who are really into Cockyboys, Jake Jaxson, RJ Sebastian and the models may seem like the end all and be all of porn, but of course, there is a huge world of porn out there beyond CB or even gay porn, and James Deen is representative of that. And as he himself pointed out, when it comes down to it, they’re all part of the same industry – an industry that is growing and changing in some important ways.
As these changes occur, Cockyboys is on the forefront in many ways, challenging the standards of porn production with their beautiful videography, embracing a culture of models who truly enjoy having sex with men on camera, integrating their fans in ways that no other studio has really accomplished. Hosting live shows on flirt4free is one of those ways. Networking with porn audiences in other demographics, such as fans of straight porn, is another way. And, of course, just like James Deen – always thinking outside of the box.