Steve Cruz To Break From Performing to Focus on Directing
Steve Cruz is one porn star we never tire of writing about. When I heard that he’ll be co-directing his first movie, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to probe him deeper on the subject (I love chatting with him but I always got the feeling he enjoys being probed anyway).
We discussed his directorial influences, if he’s still a Raging Stallion Exclusive, and what exactly it is that a porn director does anyway. “Blue Movie” (an homage to 1970s and ’80s porn which he’s co-directing with Leif Gobo for Mustang) should be released in December but until then check out the interview after the jump …
So does working for Falcon’s Mustang line mean you’re done with your contract with RS?
I have Chris Ward’s blessing to direct for Falcon; he thinks its a great opportunity and he’d never hold me back. Also I decided not to put myself in my own films. I’m taking a break from performing for a while. When — and if — I decide to return I am sure Chris would love to have me back anytime.
Who are your favorite porn directors?
I have heroes for many reasons: Chris Ward for the way he marries the spirit of big Hollywood film to his work … but also because when it comes to directing sex he’s a pro. His sex scenes are the most genuine because he really knows how to inspire a great performance out his guys. Bruce Cam has a talent for placing beautiful men in beautiful settings, and he’s produced some of the most gorgeous gay films ever made. His early work is some of my favorite — Desert Train, Island Guardian.
Chi Chi LaRue knows how to shoot a nasty film … The Link series is a favorite. Aftershock is another. Wrong Side of the Tracks, all time favorite! Jim French is a god. The classic COLT movies really do it for me. They were really extensions of his photographic work. Each alive with a carefree spirit of joyful sexuality rather than the nuts and bolts fucking we shoot today. “Hot Cop” is to die for!
What about favorite mainstream directors?
Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock. Guilty Pleasure: Russ Meyer.
What are you doing to prepare for directing?
Waking up in the middle of the night and writing down what comes to me… Last month it was story-boarding and set design. This month its casting, picking the right guys for the job and finding them partners they can get excited about. The last production I had to learn how to be flexible while still keeping the integrity of the original vision in tact. And being open to what happens… the magic of chance. I have a lot of cool ideas but I admit I have plenty to learn about the technical aspects of what we do.. so really I’ll be absorbing all I can from Leif Gobo’s 12 years of experience.
How does directing a gay porn ential? How does a director inspire realistic and passionate performances without ruining the moment?
There lots of ways you can direct. I had one director spend the whole day on the phone with his boss while we directed ourselves which was fine. Then I’ve been micro-managed while everyone deliberates the perfect shot every half hour. Long days kill chemistry and drain energy from a film. You can only do so much in the editing room.
I want to be the kind of director that returns to basics of what makes porn hot, the chemistry of hot sex. Its in the casting and setting a stage, planning your shot list and so forth… but its also in the atmosphere you create on a set. As a performer I understand their job better than anyone. I hope I can use that experience to inspire something special.