King Cobra is undoubtedly going to be an interesting film, as it tells the tale of the early days of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart (aka Brent Corrigan) and the events surrounding the murder of porn producer Bryan Kocis.
It already has a reputation for being quite the steamy film, which is hardly surprising given the subject matter. What makes this film even more interesting, is that there are some pretty big names attached to it. We have James Franco, Molly Ringwald and Christian Slater starring in the project.
Starring alongside them in the role of Lockhart is former Disney star Garrett Clayton. He recently sat down for an interview with Out to discuss the film, as well as a few other things. I naturally won’t be discussing the whole interview here, just some highlights, so read the whole thing here.
Naturally, given that Garrett used to be a Disney star, a steamy film like King Cobra is certainly a bold move.
When asked what prompted him to take the role of Lockheart, Garrett said: “When I finished working with Disney, I think I was just excited that I got to explore something completely outside of the box, and I think that’s all most actors can really ask for, to be lucky enough to have a versatile career.”
As I mentioned previously, Garrett plays Brent Corrigan (Sean Lockheart), and Out inquired if he was familiar with his work before taking on this role.
“I initially got a call for the movie from my manager saying ‘There’s a pretty risqué role for this film. They want you to meet with the director for it. I’ll send the script. Give it a read and let me know what you think.’ And I read it and I’m like, ‘Ha, I’m not doing this.’ And then looking it up because I didn’t really know anything about it, I guess because I was in middle school when it happened, I don’t know, I guess I freaked out.”
“And I was like ‘I’m definitely not doing this.’ So I asked to see any of Justin [Kelly]’s past work to see how he handles tough subjects or to see if he has in the past at all. And I really liked what he did with I Am Michael. I thought it was very fair handed and very smart, the way he approached it. So I met with him for the movie because I thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt.”
So, now we’re all wondering what research he did to formulate the vision of Sean Lockheart that we’ll be seeing on King Cobra’s screens.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Sean Lockheart] at all. Actually when I first got the part, I asked if I could meet him and talk to him to try to see his mannerisms and know more about his life. But Justin wanted it to be more separate, because he didn’t want people to watch it and then get sucked into what I was trying to be. He wanted it to be more movie-esque and more character, as opposed to trying to imitate him. I think to keep it separate is also a little bit out of respect, because it’s such a touchy situation.”
“I tried to find the relatability. I tried to find any similarity in that coming from a small town and going into such a big environment and a big city. That was my door into it, I guess, because I’m from Michigan. We’re both from small areas where we found who we were, and I think that was my way of getting into the role.”
“He’s always said he wants to be an actor, and that’s obviously what I’ve wanted, and what I’ve been lucky enough to do. I think if things went differently… Nobody can ask for more than to have a good career, and I think right now, I’ve had one. And it’s ‘What if things went wrong?’, and ‘Who chooses to fall into that world?’”
And the last thing I want to touch on, is the issue of how LGBT rights have changed since the events shown in the film took place. Back then, a film like this probably couldn’t have been made.
“I just think we’re in a really cool lucky time where there are films like this that are able to be made, and it’s not just some small indie market. It’s actually a time where it’s commercial. I think Christian is brilliant in this film, and ten years ago, it wouldn’t have been able to be made.”
Read the rest of the interview here.