James Franco and Zachary Quinto in a scene from "I am Michael".
This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous.
When Corrigan takes a business meeting with Joe and Harlow in a Japanese restaurant, Kelly wisely lets their initial talk play out in a long take where the camera steadily inches closer to them, an effective stylistic change that lets us know something is about to give or break.
Kelly also discussed that numerous most explicit sex scenes come from the actual relationships between the characters, not just the adult films they make within the movie.
A new scene has been released, this time showing James Franco and Keegan Allen as porn star duo Viper Boyz as they pump mad iron in preparation for shooting a scene-within-a-scene.
The movie also features Disney star Garrett Clayton as porn star Brent Corrigan, who appeared in a film of Kocis' company Cobra Video when he was underaged.
Equally graphic are the scenes between Franco, as the rival porn studio head, and Keegan Allen as his younger escort/lover, who have a volatile and verbal sex life predicated on jealousy.
"We could go pretty large with our characters, they are pretty ridiculous", Franco said.
"I've never played a homosexual before and I just didn't want to, I guess, bring any stereotypical nonsense to it, or do any kind of caricature-y type things that I've seen in other films", Slater tells Variety. "I just wanted to be a human being who happens to like young men", Slater said. "A lot of gay men have said to me, well, Franco's kind of a gay cock tease".
Garrett Clayton stars as Corrigan in a cast which also boasts Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald and Christian Slater.
An after party for the film was held at the Box.