June 1, 2009

Short Takes: Carlos Morales Quits…and More

Last week Blue Blake came out of retirement; this week two gay pornsters are calling it quits. In an exclusive interview with VincentLambert.com, porn star Carlos Morales (above) announced that he is closing his business. “It was a long run,” he says. “I had fun, got to meet a lot of great people and travel all over the world. Now, it’s time to move on.” Morales, who has starred in numerous films, including Manhattan Sex Party and Glory Holes of New York, and was one of the city’s most popular go-go dancers, added that it has been “a journey with lots of highs and lows.” He says that he is happily in a relationship and looking forward to new challenges, one of which might include a career as a DJ, which he has been dabbling in for the past few years. For the next couple of months, Morales will be selling off his back catalog of DVDs from his major-studio releases. He also has some thongs and G-strings available from his go-go days. For more information, visit store.carlos-morales.com.…Porn star and director Collin O’Neal also announced last week via The Sword that he’s leaving the big biz because of the prevalence of free porn. “This industry bores the hell out of me,” he says. “Models used to make a lot of money, but since more and more people are throwing porn up for free, it has forced producers to cut costs and start severely digging into model fees.” O’Neal, who retired from performing last year, added that he is looking to sell both World of Men and Collin O’Neal Productions and become a producer on mainstream Hollywood projects. However, he will maintain his World of Men Web site.…BIG Video was one of our favorite companies back in the 1990s when we first started writing about this biz they call gay porn. Now comes word that the BIG catalog, which has been out of print for many years, will be picked up by Boulevard Distribution. Some of the titles that will be reissued on DVD include several Wash West classics, including multi–award winner Naked Highway (who can forget the pool table sequence?), Dr. Jerkoff & Mr. Hard (starring Jim Buck in a transformative dual role) and Toolbox (featuring man-of-our-dreams Sam Crockett). Dare we wish for Handsome Drifters, the Austin/Kurt Young picaresque epic that has one of the most breathtaking box covers (below) in gay porn history?

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