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Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz Hardcover – February 6, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
With more than 1,750 porn films under his belt (and director of more than 135), Jeremy is still cranking them out two decades after most adult film performers have retired. His memoir (co-written by humorist Spitznagel, author of Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter) details a life of relentless self-promotion that often borders on the excessive (who else would call himself "the biggest porn star on the planet" and attach an appendix of the mainstream projects he was almost cast in or was cut out of the final product?). Fans won't find much introspection, and the incessant celebrity name-dropping is daunting, but the book is like Jeremy: self-effacing, affably vulgar, eager-to-please and constantly on the run. The anecdotes fly by: trying to direct a performance out of John Wayne Bobbitt's reattached organ in Uncut; having sex with an 87-year-old co-star; battling the LAPD on pandering charges; offering instructions on autofellatio; and hanging with Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield. "I've given confidence to millions of men across the world," Jeremy boasts. "They look at themselves in the mirror and think, Y'know, compared to Ron Jeremy, I'm not that bad looking at all. At least that's what I tell myself whenever I go back to the buffet for seconds." Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
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That a male porn star is now the subject of a feature-length documentary and a book published by a mainstream publisher may strike some as outrageous, but not those familiar with Jeremy's body--of work, that is. Ron Jeremy Hyatt started in porn in the late 1970s and has made 1,750 porn films (for 2, he shaved his moustache; for 1,500, his back). The VCR's market penetration of American households helped create a hefty demand for explicit videotapes, birthing an industry and assuring Jeremy's development as one of the genre's most recognizable, uh, faces. Like fellow porn god John C. Holmes, Jeremy's equipage is momentous, and he possesses a sense of humor that frequently enlivens his act (as did Holmes). Unlike Holmes, Jeremy isn't drug-addicted and has lived to tell his tale, which necessarily includes frontal nudity but is rather a primary source on the mainstreaming of pornography in the U.S. As such, it is well worth the hassles of offended-patron complaints and protecting the innocent that it will entail. Mike Tribby
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Ron is either putting us on or his life is fantastic. He doesn’t seem to dislike anyone; not the police detectives who arrest him and more than once, not the actresses who spurn him and not the mainstream studios who have forced directors to cut him from their films. He doesn’t hold a grudge against any of them. I marveled how he just seems to exist in a state of happy-go-lucky. I was beginning to think that maybe Ron was a sociopath but then about two thirds into the book he gives step by step instructions on how to have anal sex without making a mess. Hilarious! It looks like Ron does care.
The book doesn’t really go into any details about which porn star is nice to work with or who is the best at certain sexual talents. I found that odd. Also Ron never mentions the darker things in his life like having performed with at least three women who have committed suicide and many others that have died young. Yet he says he identifies with Vietnam Veterans but doesn’t memorialize any of his porn star veterans. He keeps the book light. He spends most of the time name dropping and saying he would rather be a mainstream actor. He gives the impression that porn is just his day job and doesn’t want to talk about work and mainly writes about the other things that go one when he isn’t doing porn. The funny thing is when he isn't doing porn his extra curricular activities involve sex. It was lacking in substance but still it interesting read.
Jeremy is a good storyteller though, and doesn't take himself to seriously. I read this right after Artie Lange's Crash and Burn, and found Ron Jeremy to be a refreshing, low-drama character compared to Lange's total douche-bagged-ness.
There are fascinating revelations that I truly didn't expect about a 30+ year adult film actor. If you're easily offended, maybe you should skip it. But, if you're open minded and like learning about people beyond their public persona, this is a great book!
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