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Bret Easton Ellis Wants Porn Actor James Deen for 'The Canyons'?

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March 7, 2012
Source: THR

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Writer Bret Easton Ellis has earned a reputation as one of the literary world's most controversial satirists. His books have been turned into films before - most notably Mary Harron's excellent adaptation of American Psycho back in 2000 - and the novelist himself made the difficult transition to the movies with his debut screenplay, The Informers, back in 2009. He's finally working on another film, The Canyons, and is keeping the controversy alive by expressing a desire to cast 25-year-old porn star James Deen as the lead in the movie. THR points us to a tweet from the writer that says filming begins this summer. Read on!

Staying true to Ellis' strengths as a writer, The Canyons is about youth, glamour, sex and Los Angeles circa 2012. Paul Schrader, best known as the writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, will be directing since Bait, the shark project the two were previously collaborating on, has turned to chum (see what I did there?). The Playlist bills The Canyons as a psycho-sexual thriller with crime and redemptive elements, so it sounds a bit more involved than the surface level controversy brewing in the press. Ellis is starting the casting process and warns potential actors to be ready to take their clothes off, saying he wants a male lead who "has to act and be full frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically." He wrote the movie with Deen in mind for the part, but the actor hasn't signed on yet and filmmakers are holding open auditions in LA.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

He who pays the piper calls the tune

ArmandoJohnson on Mar 7, 2012

2

Sounds interesting.

M.K. Nielsen on Mar 7, 2012

3

Hey I know him...wait....I mean no, no I don't, never heard of him.

Daren on Mar 7, 2012

4

Suuuurrrrre. lol.

Xerxexx on Mar 7, 2012

5

Confession: I've seen his wang...don't judge me! Perhaps this is inspired casting? Who knows. Give us a trailer.

Xerxexx on Mar 7, 2012

6

Dont care who it is or how good they are, porn and cinema should not mix. Sorry. 

Michaelrees123 on Mar 7, 2012

7

Porn IS cinema. 

Larry Edwards on May 11, 2012

8

Love Paul Shraders Affliction and love Bret`s writing something I really want to se is a glamorama movie

Loser on Mar 7, 2012

9

Guess no one learned anything from Sash Grey working "real" projects....but, yeah, sure....this guy's in everything—literally—but the dude can't act his way out of a silicone-enhanced-lubed-up-money-shot-covered paper bag.

Voice of Reason on Mar 8, 2012

10

But you watch him.....

Larry Edwards on May 11, 2012

11

The Informers? How is this news? That was one of the worst wannabe pretentious films. Just because a porn star may be cast by a hack doesn't make it news. 

Go on Mar 8, 2012

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