Friday, December 24, 2010

Hustler takes the lead in porn parodies of politicians and celebrities

Hustler isn’t done sticking it to Sarah Palin (in more ways than one).
The adult film studio has already made six X-rated parodies about the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.
Up next is “Who’s Nailin’ Palin No. 2.” So far, the fictional Palin has had sex with actors portraying President Barack Obama and late night talk-show host David Letterman, among others.
One movie that’s not coming is “Tiger’s Nailin’ Palin.”
Last January, Hustler announced that title in its 2010-11 lineup. But the studio lost interest after Tiger Woods, the sex scandal-plagued pro golfer, was the subject of three other porn movies.
What Hustler does have in the works is a porn parody of day-time talk show diva Oprah Winfrey. Oprah may deny being a lesbian but the parody film will portray her as one with her best friend Gayle. It’s slated for release on Jan. 25.
“Normally girl-on-girl action would get most people excited,” wrote blog F Listed. But “I think it’s safe to say this probably has the opposite effect.”
Luckily for viewers, Hustler didn’t cast a lookalike in the role of Oprah. Instead they chose the lovely Misty Stone. (See above photo.)
I spoke to Michael H. Klein, president of Hustler, last week about the trend of porn movies based on public figures. Most recently Hustler did an X-rated movie based on pop singer Miley Cyrus.
Here’s an edited transcript:

TMT: Will Hustler be doing many more porn parodies of public figures?

Klein: We certainly explore them and look for what could be a good, humorous parody on somebody.
When you put yourself in the spotlight, whether it’s being a celebrity or a politician, you leave yourself open for someone to parody you, whether it’s by “Saturday Night Live” or Hustler in one of our videos.
It’s all done in fun and jest. But we’ll continue to keep exploring to see if there are other ones that make sense.

TMT: Do they sell well?

Klein: They do very well. Obviously there’s publicity built in with them already. So word gets out and there are always people who are interested.
Besides being an adult film, it’s also humorous because it’s a parody of a known celebrity.

TMT: Will you continue doing the Sarah Palin parodies?

Klein: Oh, yes. We have plans to continue to do more of them. The ‘Who’s Nailin’ Palin’ series has done extremely well for us.
We’re actually in production on another one – “Who’s Nailin’ Palin No. 2.” And beyond that we’re always exploring.
We’ve made the announcement already about the “Hustler’s Untrue Hollywood Stories: Oprah.” That will be our next big one coming out soon.

TMT: What happened to “Tiger’s Nailin’ Palin,” which was announced earlier this year?

Klein: We just never did that one. There were plenty of other adult studios that did parodies on the Tiger Woods situation, so we just figured it’s already been done and doesn’t make sense to have another one out there.

TMT: Are there other politicians that you think are ripe for porn parody treatment?

Klein: There’s plenty, but we haven’t made our decision yet on which one. But fortunately a lot of politicians do a number of things that make it very easy for us to come up with a story line.

TMT: Are you getting more comfortable doing these parodies of real-life people?
I noticed that with the first Sarah Palin parody you spelled her name “Paylin” with a “y,” but in later movies used the correct spelling.
Also, in years past, there were thinly veiled parodies of President Bill Clinton by other adult studios, but his name wasn’t used.
Have things changed?

Klein: As long as it’s a public figure and you make it clear that it’s a parody, it goes back to the (legal) case that (Hustler publisher) Larry (Flynt) had against Jerry Falwell.
That was a case where Larry was very successful in the Supreme Court and, as such, we will follow those same guidelines.

TMT: How quickly can you produce one of these films?

Klein: It all depends on how elaborate a production it is.
You can get one done in two or three weeks or it could be a number of months when you do an elaborate 3-D production like we did with “This Ain’t Avatar.” That was one of our most expensive productions to date.

TMT: How many films does Hustler make a year?

Klein: We release anywhere from five to eight movies a month. We do anywhere from one to two parodies a month.

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