David Geffen Wants Nothing to Do With Joey Stefano Movie

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Joey Stefano was a hot and naughty-looking (but rather sweet) porn star who made heads and other things swivel whenever he entered a room.

Joey did illustrious work in films like Tijuana Toilet Tramps and onstage he was known to gracefully put beer bottles up his butt by way of entertainment. ("Heinie-kins," I wittily dubbed them).

He had no filter -- or self-consciousness -- and made his antics seem so not dirty that he became irresistible to men of all social stations.

So it wasn't completely shocking when -- during a Florent dinner I happened to be at in 1990 -- Joey said on camera to cable guy Rick X that gay mogul David Geffen was a client.

Well, Joey -- who died of a drug overdose in 1994 -- is heading to the big screen thanks to Chad Darnell, the casting agent who's written a thoroughly researched indie-film screenplay about him.

And Darnell contacted Geffen to ask if he wanted to be involved, writing the mogul a long, carefully worded email so as not to offend.

Geffen immediately shot back:

"We met at a party once. We were not good friends. Good luck with your project."

Ouch. Case closed -- even more so than my buttocks whenever someone approaches with a six-pack of Buds.

"So no Geffen character in the movie?" I asked Darnell when I ran into him the other day.

"There'll be a composite character," he advised.

Fine with me. And by the way, I want Hailee Steinfeld to play me in the dinner scene.


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Ricktlax
Ricktlax

I knew Joey way back in the early 90s, right about the time he started getting really into the drugs. We were all at this club and a group of us decided to head back to Sharon Kanes house just off Santa Monica not very far from the Spike Bar can't recall the street name... anyway Sharon was not there that night but she always had a room for the boys. We were sitting in this booth table pretty much doing coke and drinking all night while joey was in the bedroom having sex with this guy and his fist. He kept coming out for lines and then he'd go right back to playing. I wound up hooking up with Matt Gunther that night. He was another sweetie that left too soon.

JoeyO'H
JoeyO'H

I knew Joey when he was still living in Philadelphia. Joey was sweet guy who had many issues. And you are so right, Joey had no filter. Perhaps, that was also part of charm.

Rstef28
Rstef28

homos suck and should be executed in the worst possible way, what do you think of a guy who gracefully shoves beer bottles up his ass for enjoymtihe.hey guys what are we gonna do tonight we are all broke well I got a 40 oz ol english back at the crib ok then we got our night, yeah I got some butter in the fridge well what are we waiting for.and awaay we go. homos the worst thing done to the human race

gary weaver
gary weaver

homos suck they stick beer bottles in there ass is that not fucked

Cambel
Cambel

Hey, you have Stefano on tape saying Geffen was a client and Geffen admits knowing him.  Why bother with a composite character?  Geffen was paying for Stefano's ass.

KANOAB
KANOAB

I just came across this trying to find the whearabouts of Nick's sister Linda. I met him in Las Vegas at the Sahara as part of the then consumer electronics show and his sex scapades almost closed down that part of the show. I myself was a street hustler also coming from Pa. Williamsport in 77 after seeing an expose on street prostitution on 60 min's. I however relish my time at the Gaslight and spotlight and turning tricks on Santa monica after Selma was shut down. I never went to the Gold Cup but did turn tricks out of Arthur J's on Highland. I 2 have written my memoies of that time including the Bob Mizer era. but the 70's early 80's were simpler times. I knew when it was time to clock out. But 4 me they were great times. Joey was not a snob like most of the Catalina Bill Higgins guys. He would have done great had he worked with Bill Scheffler during the Nova tears.

Informatics411
Informatics411

This book (and movie) may well show that the Gay 90s ended almost as soon as they began, with Joey's death, perhaps, as the sign of what was to come...

Willclarkworld
Willclarkworld

It's a fantastic book.. as someone who joined the industry (also as a power bottom) months after Joey's death (although at the time I had never heard of him) I can attest that there were after effects that lasted for years specifically a zero tolerance for drugs of any sort on set. Later, when the book came out, reading about people I worked with and knew socially was a trip. Really looking forward to the movie; such a tragic story (Diors story is less dramatic but just as tragic really).

Mrs. Butterfield's
Mrs. Butterfield's

There won't be a dinner scene sweetheart, you're being an extra carrying a plant instead.

@JoeWatchesTV
@JoeWatchesTV

"Ouch. Case closed--even more so than my buttocks whenever someone approaches with a six-pack of Buds."

What if instead they were some buds with six-packs?

Movielover
Movielover

He was lovely to look at (from the picture). Wonder if he was so ass-intensive before being all druggie. Some (meth) users get very into bottoming when they go overboard on the drugs. Not that it takes drugs to know the mystique of...

Musto
Musto

Thanks, Chad. If you want to leave a comment here about some of your casting ideas, that would be great.

Chad Darnell
Chad Darnell

Thanks, Michael! It was great meeting you, Sunday!

Musto
Musto

PS: Chi Chi Larue (the porn producer who made Joey a star) talked to the filmmaker at length, filling in a lot of the history.

Musto
Musto

Joey ended up a drug addict with HIV being banned by some of his friends because he stole. A sad end for him..

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

On Amazon it says "Click to LOOK INSIDE!" ...I did, breathlessly...and all I saw was WORDS! Nary a Heine-kin label....not even lip-service.

Roidrage
Roidrage

Joey was so hot!!! Before porn stars looked all steroidy and sunken cheeked. A natural beauty.

Wilson
Wilson

That book about him was written by NNY Times theater critic Charles Isherwood!

timmmyk
timmmyk

Joey was the definition of Power Bottom.

baker_9371
baker_9371

@JoeyO'H I'm in the process of researching a magazine feature about the film and Joey/Nick's ties to Philadelphia -- would you be interested in telling me more about what he was like during those days?

(Any help is tremendously appreciated. His Philadelphia life is quite the mystery.)

trusgold
trusgold

@Rstef28  You are a very unhappy man. I'd rather be gay than you!

Rdavis
Rdavis

I hope this isn't the Gary Weaver that hung around homos back in the 70's in carrollton.

trusgold
trusgold

@Cambel Talk about bitter, he didn't have the balls in 1990 to admit and Nick outed him and may have been an accident or under the influence and its 2013 and hes still whining about it. Nick had a very  tragic end and the gay community has an epidemic of addiction, as does the  porn industry and Hollywood where King David rolls.. David  did it really affect your life in any way except make it more honest.  You would think with all the blessings you have been given you would forgive Nick. Bitter is NEVER sexy!

trusgold
trusgold

@Informatics411 well the movie has corrected some inaccuracies. Chad busted his butt and traveled endlessly to get this right. Regarding the gay 90's addiction is and WAS rampant in community.  The social gathering were banned to socialize only in "special bars". I am  a recovered alcoholic and I blame my body chemistry, my genes, and the gay lifestyle where we were hidden away in bars. Damn I am sounding bitter like Geffen. It iis true though and you even see a coupe bashers on here.

Movielover
Movielover

This is a very arty posting, but I have no idea what it means.

@JoeWatchesTV
@JoeWatchesTV

I was under the impression that heroin was Joey's substance of choice, esp. toward the end.

Chad Darnell
Chad Darnell

The only three actors we have cast at this point are Ryan O'Connor as "Chi Chi La Rue/ Larry," Missi Pyle as "Sharon Kane" and Willam Belli as "Karen Dior/ Geoff."

The casting of "Joey" is tricky and we're going to wait to cast him once we have an exact "go" date for shooting, since a number of the actors on the list are on television shows at the moment and hiatus can be tricky. And we're still firming up the our funding.

But I'm a huge Trevor Donovan fan...

trusgold
trusgold

@@JoeWatchesTV       some of us are garbage cans, yes I preferred alcohol, but hell  I have used many narcotics, amphetamines and  even had a damn PDA for  pharma. So you still could be right, but he was speed balling like Belushi and had some K in him. I used to speed ball in a safer way with percocet and adderal. Luckily heroin always scared me. It is easier to get than  pot now.

Chad Darnell
Chad Darnell

He was a fan of everything at the end. The autopsy report included: cocaine, morphine, heroin, and Ketamine (or "Special K.")

trusgold
trusgold

@Chad Darnell  I read on a blog of yours  that your  cohort wanted a million and you wanted half that and she finally agreed.. I will be honest I have no idea how you do all that with $500K. You are an amazing man. I have read enough about you that I can tell you are a winnner. You seem to focus on the failures. Did you you know Thomas Edison failed1000 times before he hit it right with the light bulb? I'd say you have done pretty well amigo. Chad tell me you didn't just snicker a bit when you got Geffens reply. I howled.

Warholboy
Warholboy

where do I submit my headshots/ info for an audition?

Alessandra
Alessandra

Is the film going to whitewash/white out the porn biz, like so many do? You know, eliminate anyone who isn't white? Unlike, say, reality?

trusgold
trusgold

@Chad Darnell  Chad I have read a bunch of your writings on the internet.  You still in Atlanta? Hope all is going well, did you ever start that casting business?

trusgold
trusgold

@Bwayjoe  are you serious? Remember only 13% of the population is black.  Back then there were not as many Hispanics in America either. There iis a prominent black sub category in gay porn

trusgold
trusgold

@Alessandra     Chad has put everything he possibly could on the line to make this as accurate and truthful as possible I am a big fan of that guy. I just started reading about it yesterday and have been researching it endlessly. I got an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and if you learn nothing else you learn how to be able to do deep research.

Bwayjoe
Bwayjoe

Since when does gay porn include a lot of non whites??

Chad Darnell
Chad Darnell

It's a true-life biopic focusing on the life of Joey Stefano, as told to me by the people who knew him. As it happens, the supporting players around him were predominantly white, but there are also non-white roles in the script. The main story is about how addiction killed Nick Iacona. Not whitewashing the porn industry.

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