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Ron Jeremy, March 27, 2003
photo by Glenn Emerstone © 2003 NYRock.com


NY Rock Interview with Ron Jeremy by Glenn Emerstone

They call him Hedgehog. Short, hairy and pleasantly plump, he's been in over 1,750 pornographic films, as well as mainstream movies, including Detroit Rock City and Orgazmo. He's appeared in 14 music videos from Moby's to Ice T's. Charted his own music for 27 weeks on Billboard. Directed over 300 films and has even done stand-up comedy. He's lectured at California State's Fullerton campus and at UCLA on sex and the law.

The New York native also has a Masters degree in Special Education from Queens College, joining alumni Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Simon, Rodney Dangerfield and a host of the infamous, including yours truly.

NY Rock caught up with Ron Jeremy as he signed posters – between calls from the ladies – in preparation for an in-store appearance at Tower Records to promote
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy.

A fun-filled documentary with no sex, but lots of talk and an adorable hairy ho
' as its star, the film features Jeremy's dad, work associates, fans, and friends such as Al Goldstein, Grandpa Al Lewis, and Annabel Chong, all of whom shed light on this porn legend. Clips from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and MTV spice up the narrative – even Kid Rock makes an appearance with Jeremy as a guest MC at a Ms. Nude contest.

NYROCK:

How did the film Porn Star come about?

RON:

I realized I didn't have a lot of skeletons in the closet, other than my years with porn. No alcohol, drug abuse or beating anybody up, so I thought I should do Porn Star. What actually convinced me was some of the other documentaries done before on Annabel Chong, Stacy Valentine and John Holmes. They put a very bad face on the world of porn. As one critic said after seeing Annabel Chong and all the other documentaries, they felt guilty watching a porn film, but after seeing mine, they couldn't wait to see a porn film. I basically did it to put a nice face on the business, since I feel it's been good to me.

NYROCK:

Did you have any say in the film?

RON:

I had no say in the editing since it's a documentary. I didn't know who the producers were going to talk to. It was done over two years and included friends, family and people I've worked with. They also promised to include the mainstream films I've done as well. I'm not going to do something and have just porn in it. They put things from "Saturday Night Live," MTV and "Conan O'Brien Show." We had a lot more that never made it.

NYROCK:

Are you still active in the business?

RON:

A few a month. Before I was under contract, I was doing a few a week. It's allowed me to slow down. Over the past 26 years I've done 1,750 films.

NYROCK:

Are there any films that are memorable?

RON:

Fascination, Devil in Miss Jones Part II, Deep Throat Part II, Bad Girls I and II, and Roommates are my favorite adult films. My favorite mainstream films are Orgazmo, The Boondock Saints with Willem Defoe, and Detroit Rock City with Kiss.

NYROCK:

How are things going with your crossover into the mainstream?

RON:

Pretty good. I'm in a film right now called Spun with Mickey Rourke and Debbie Harry where I play a bartender. I've also been in Studio 54 where I did a cameo, Rodney Dangerfield's Meet Wally Sparks and recently Back at Midnight. I also consulted on 9-1/2 Weeks and Boogie Nights.

NYROCK:

How do you determine a good porn film?

RON:

I like the old-fashioned stuff with a plot and a story line since I'm coming from the actor's point of view. Some people say, "Why?" Well, I like a setup, a buildup, a tease. I still come from the old-school attitude where you want to see a tease before you see the girl get naked. Let's see some dialogue and get into character. I don't want, here's a cup of coffee... eat me!

NYROCK:

You put a lot of humor into your films, is it ad lib?

RON:

Yes, I think porn films need that, but was told to stop making jokes after the nookie started. I was criticized by one of the filmmakers, who told me that guys can't laugh and have a boner at the same time. I never thought about it, but I had to agree with him.

NYROCK:

Is there a lot of Viagra used in the porn industry?

RON:

There's a tremendous amount of it used. I don't promote Viagra since a lot of guys have problems with it. It gives you headaches and flashes, but I know it does work. I don't use anything. So far, I don't have to, but there's going to come a day. So far, I don't have to use anything.

NYROCK:

What rock videos are you in?

RON:

 Ron Jeremy
 
I'm in 14 music videos – more than any other actor. They did two specials on me on VH1. I've been in videos with Moby, Kid Rock, Sublime and Mercury Rev. I've had small parts in videos by Guns N' Roses and a Nelson video. I was also in the Everclear video. "Boys Are Back in Town" from Detroit Rock City, as well as some stuff with Sam Kinnison, Ozzy Osbourne, Dweezil Zappa, and others.

NYROCK:

Have you done your own music?

RON:

I did my own rap song which was on Billboard for 27 weeks called "Freak of the Week" where I rapped with DJ Polo. And Ice T gave us a song for the B side called "Suzy Rose," which is also in the documentary.

NYROCK:

In the film, Al Goldstein (publisher of Screw magazine) said you slept with an 87-year-old woman?

RON:

Yes, it's true, I did. Basically, I'm a whore and I was offered money, but actually it was very socially redeeming. I wanted to prove to the world that you're never too old to have sex and to have fun. It was so important because I know so many old people stop in their sixties and why?

This lady named Rosie advertised in the papers to find a lover, so they put her in this porn film and they hired me to work with her for a lot of money because a lot of guys didn't want to do it. There's very little sex in it. The sex lasts only minutes, and we used not only HIV tests, but we used rubbers to show the world that it's okay. The greatest line in the movie is when Rosie says she could not find men her age to keep an erection. I said, "Rosie, guys your age have been dead for ten years!" It was a funny, socially redeeming film to make, and I set up a situation called "karma," because when I'm 87 years old, and I want some lady in her forties to do me, it's fair!

Howard Stern and Robin Quivers did a whole big thing on the air about me being in the movie and they called me on the phone in Hollywood. We had a long talk about it on the air. I kept saying, "Well, Howard, didn't Anna Nicole Smith mess around with a guy in his nineties?" and he said, "Yes, Ron, but not on tape."

NYROCK:

Do you think it's important for actors to wear condoms in adult films?

RON:

Performers don't care. The problem is the public. They don't want to see it. People keep saying, they don't care. Yes, they do. Look at the rentals. Talk to the average guy. He does not want to see a rubber in a film, so much so that in Europe the film won't even sell. It's a matter of business.

NYROCK:

Do performers get tested for HIV?

RON:

Every month we're tested for almost everything, not only HIV, but for Hepatitis C, and all kinds of STDs. Plus, we ejaculate outside the body so that decreases the likelihood of certain diseases as well.

NYROCK:

Did you ever work with Annabel Chong, who starred in The World's Biggest Gang Bang?

RON:

Yes, she's in the documentary. I was the last guy in her gang scene, although she went to the bathroom first, showered and then came out. I messed around with the fluff girls first and then her.

NYROCK:

Did you know John "the Wad" Holmes?

RON:

We got along real good and he was always a nice guy to me, but after he died, I learned things that were really disgusting and that you cannot respect. He knew he had HIV and went to Italy to work with Cicciolina. She's fine and has been tested, but he worked with her knowing he had a disease. He also used to steal luggage out of airports when he needed money, and he was a RAT! He was involved in serious drugs and was ratting out on people. In the seventies, all these companies were busted, including myself, for directing movies, and he was never busted. Then I find out why ten years later when these two vice cops are being interviewed by Cass Paley in his documentary Wadd – John Holmes was on their payroll. They didn't prosecute his movies because he was ratting out on us!

NYROCK:

Did you know Traci Lords was underage when you worked with her?

RON:

Are you crazy?! Why go to jail?! There's plenty of gorgeous girls who are over 18. I have a picture of Traci Lords holding up her ID that says "Kristie Nussman." That's what we knew her as and that would have made her 18 or 19 years old. Turns out her real name was Nora Louise Kuzma and she used fake ID. She never admitted it until years later that she used fake ID. She also helped prosecute Ginger Lynn, Tom Byron and Harry Reems on taxes since she was wanted on tax evasion. Traci Lords turned in her friends so they didn't go after her. She has one thing in common with John Holmes, RAT! She also bad mouths porn all the time, but keeps the same name!

NYROCK:

Do you still do stand-up comedy?

RON:

Yes, all over the country and Canada.

NYROCK:

In the film, you mention that you don't like performing in New York City, is it because you are from here?

RON:

It's a tough audience and people are like... make me laugh! It's a tough attitude in New York. You gotta be fast, quick, and get off. It's a tough place for comedy.

NYROCK:

Legend has it that you can suck yourself off? Can you still do it?

RON:

Yes, but I can't go as deep since I've gained weight. I went from the gym right to the buffet table. I can't do it as much, but I can still kiss the tip.

April 2003

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