COLLIN O’NEAL REMEMBERS GAY PORN STAR ROMAN RAGAZZI
Although director Collin O’Neal has since retired from gay porn and no longer runs World of Men (which he sold last year), I reached out to him about his relationship with Roman Ragazzi, how they met, and what it was like to work with him.
I met Dror (Roman Ragazzi) about five years ago via a social networking site and we agreed to meet up at a sandwich shop in Manhattan. Immediately we started talking Middle East politics, and of course we did not always agree. Our friendship bloomed and one day Dror asked me about doing porn, but I told him to be careful with his job. He always knew he was going to quit the job and use the porn money to start a personal training business.
I invited Dror to come film with me in Serbia and he was very excited to do the project and see a bit of Serbia (see the pic of Dror in the Serbian woods). After the being outed via Page 6 to his work, he dealt with many issues. First, his family did not know he was gay nor did they know he was doing porn and he confided in me that his parents were not speaking to him (the story broke in the main Israeli newspapers).
I continued my friendship with Dror and every time we went out in New York he was very shy and stayed in the corner nudging me any time a hot guy went by. That is how shy he was. Although he had a rough exterior that exudes the epitome of masculinity, he was a very shy and gentle.
I am very saddened by the news of Dror’s suicide. For me, this is the second friend to commit this act. I hope his past in the porn industry did not play a part in his decision, but I fear it may. I want to tell all porn models that want to transition out (because at some point you all have to) to hang in there.
Dror will be missed by many, especially since he was such a nice, genuine and loving person.
– Collin O’Neal: