When Hollywood depicts a real-life, still-living person, and that person is not part of the production, then it’s safe to assume that person won’t be thrilled with the accuracy of the finished product. The medium is, by definition, fiction.
We can’t imagine OJ watched American Crime Story from prison and thought, “finally — someone got my story right.” Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile doesn’t list The Social Network under “favorite movies,” though he does list Moneyball, the Oscar-nominated film penned by Social Network screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and released one year after.
The same is understandably true for Sean Lockhart, aka Brent Corrigan (pictured to the right of actor Garrett Clayton), whose early days in the adult film industry (as in, when he was only seventeen) are dramatized in the critically acclaimed new film, King Cobra.
In a series of Tweets and in an interview with the (very) NSFW blog Str8upGayPorn, Corrigan has spoken out against the film. Not one to let an opportunity go to waste, though, he’s also using the film’s release to put out his own account of events — a memoir called Incorrigible. Everyone needs to find coins somewhere.
He accuses the film of “bastardizing” his life:
It’s made. And it’s not about me. It’s Hollywood’s attempt at bastardizing my early years in porn, one man’s murder, blah blah @JamesPMBerry
And said the filmmakers “don’t care”:
Chuck woulda done some justice. But these filmmakers didn’t care about anyone but their take on it all (and not getting sued) @JamesPMBerry
But, he says, he still plans to see it:
“Yes, I’ll see it. Likely in the independent theater with everyone else. I’m stubborn, but still curious. I have very poignant ideas about the screenplay, which was presented to me about 10 days before principle photography was slated to begin in New York. I met with the director and his agent. They were insensitive right out of the gate in our interactions with them. They wanted me to come on board without even considering what dredging all that up was really asking of me.”
And despite his negative feelings, he’s still glad the film was made:
In my brief time in non-adult media, working in indie production, and the few films I directed and produced, the first thing you learn is to secure your story. Do not develop a screenplay, tack on actors, or move forward with any form of fundraising if you do not have the rights to the content. It was a rookie mistake. The filmmakers were freaking when I said “no.” Finally, I threw them a bone and leased my names to them…I wanted the film to be made. I just didn’t want to be taken for a fool. In the end, the wrongs they commit to the story can be corrected. Those that want to know the truth will get it from my book. And I will feel better about not being a part of something that honestly only wanted to use me.
Read Corrigan’s full interview here (NSFW).