King Cobra 2016
1h 31min | Crime, Drama | 21 October 2016 (USA)
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 Sean decides he’d be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible.
The still very much active Sean Paul Lockhart, aka Brent Corrigan’s career and the scandal associated with it is the subject of the film King Cobra. Disney twink actor Garrett Clayton plays Corrigan and I’m sure Clayton probably has a limited future with the Magic Kingdom. He joins a list of players like Shia LaBoerf, Miley Cyrus, and Lucas Gabreel who’ve appeared in less than wholesome projects. I don’t see any more Teen Beach movies in Garrett Clayton’s future.
Subsequent to the story told here, Sean Paul Lockhart has gone to mainstream entertainment and gay stories of the non-pornographic nature. I know a few gay adult film stars who have other lives and have diversified their interests and entertainment roles like Lockhart in order to survive. A lot don’t survive for one reason or another.
One of those who didn’t is Christian Slater playing the producer who discovers Clayton and makes him a gay porn star sensation in the middle Bush 43 years. But this relationship which has some resemblance to Liberace and Scott Thorsen goes the same way with Clayton chafing under Slater’s dominance.
His name Brent Corrigan was trademarked by Slater making him unable to work under what has made him a star in the gay porn world. At the same time Clayton reveals that Slater used him before his 18th birthday and that trashes Slater’s career as well.
There’s a parallel story of James Franco and Keegan Allen also a porn producer and his Trilby like star told and they want to have Clayton’s services with the trademark name. Therein lies the seeds of the tragedy that takes place.
James Franco created this project and I wish he’d just come out of the closet already. Are you fooling anyone?
The gay porn world is certainly part of the gay culture, no getting away from it. Some say this is exploitive. I’d say no more so than Boogie Nights and you see how much acclaim that film got.
I hope this leap into most adult type material augers good things for Garrett Clayton.
Director: Justin Kelly
Writers: Justin Kelly, Justin Kelly (story by)
Stars: James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald