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April 19, 2016

High-Profile Collaborators Add to CockyBoys' Momentum

This article originally ran in the April 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here to see the online edition. Little did Jake Jaxson know at the time, but the future of CockyBoys was being written by anther industry legend during a seemingly unrelated interview for Billboard magazine. The idea for One Erection—the studio’s mockumentary (aka The Un-Making of a Boy Band)—was inspired by an interview that Chi Chi LaRue gave to the magazine upon the release of RuPaul’s album Realness, in which LaRue performed on one of the tracks. “She was asked to address the fact that many porn stars now seem to look and act like pop stars, and she replied, ‘Well, Levi Karter, Liam Riley…all the CockyBoys guys are, like, ‘Teen Beat,’ down, honey! There could be ‘Tiger Beat: The CockyBoys’ edition,’” says Jaxson. “Billboard asks LaRue why CockyBoys hasn’t done a boy band-inspired video: ‘Right?! Okay, that’s going to be something I’m working on right now, girl. I’m filming something with them when I go to New York. So I will bring that up. Jake Jaxson and I are kindred spirits. We could definitely do something that would be amazing.’ And she did—she sent me that quote directly, and literally the next day we started working on making One Erection a reality. And it’s been an amazingly fun collaboration. She directed and brought her classic Chi Chi to some really fun sex scenes, and I’m writing and directing the (non-sex) story.” Jaxson met LaRue via Karter three years ago. The performer wanted to work with the legendary director, and introduced the two to get the ball rolling. “From our first conversation, we hit it off. I mean, we started talking to each other like we had been friends for years, and I’m a pretty reserved person, but Chi Chi was just so upfront and honest with me and I really welcomed that energy. We really flirted about working on something for a few years, and last year at the Grabby Awards, she sat me down and said, ‘I’m ready. Let’s stop flirting and just do it!’ I mean, how could I refuse that proposal? And I have not regretted one moment working together,” recalls Jaxson. “[Chi Chi] inspires me. Period. Before working with him, I had heard a lot people’s opinions and some stories. But they were all from the past. And for me, I can really only judge and relate to people in ‘the now.’ And he had always been respectful and upfront with me. That is the most important part of any relationship for me. I have to say, I was really nervous at first because he is (rightly so) a legend in our industry. I grew up watching his films. But soon, my nervousness turned into something more. I remember pitching him an idea on how I wanted to shoot him in One Erection, or how I thought a scene should go, and I was being respectfully diplomatic about how I was communicating, and he put his hand on my arm and said, ‘Honey, just tell me what you want, don’t sugarcoat it. I’m here to work and make something great.’ No ego. No attitude. No competition. Just honest, direct communication. And I can’t tell you how much I respect that.” So far, One Erection has five episodes. But Jaxson is still shooting it, so there may be more. An eventual DVD release will hopefully be joined by a soundtrack album. The project attracted the interest of another industry icon: Trenton Ducati, who makes an appearance. “I think Trenton has been trying to work with CockyBoys from day one. He loves our pups. He really was a fan first. And for years, he’s always been so friendly, respectful and playful with our guys. And every year, we would see each other at events, talk about doing something, but I never could find the right creative project. One Erection, however, finally was the perfect project. And let me just say...he is so fucking funny in this film. He really let me ‘take the piss’ out of him, and he let me put him in situations he was definitely not used to, and the results were brilliant. I can honestly say working with him was a highlight,” Jaxson says. The diehard Cocky fans are loving it, “mostly because Chi Chi and Trenton both also have positive and authentic attitudes. They both have fun-loving personalities and don’t take themselves too seriously, which for most of our fans is an important part of our ‘cocky community.’” 2016 has already been a busy one for the CEO: “A highlight for me personally was giving the keynote address at the GayVN/Flirt4Free brunch at Internext. I was truly overwhelmed to see so many people there, especially so many friends. That event allowed me to really think and connect to what my purpose is and how to move forward.” This year, CockyBoys will also be releasing the rest of the docu-series Meet the Morecocks, which covers the last three years from Max Ryder and Jake Bass to Riley and Karter. The series also opens the door on Jaxson and his partners (in business and life), Benny Morecock and RJ Sebastian. The series will have six episodes, with two bonus non-sex episodes. The studio is also working on a deal to bring Meet the Morecocks to a “very cool ‘safe for work’ mainstream platform,” as well as more film festivals. “It was very challenging—it’s not a natural place for us, mostly because we are all three kind of shy. But over the years, much of the ‘CockyBoys story’ has also been about us and told by us. We first did that as a way of showing our customers that we were proud of our work and, more importantly, proud of our performers,” Jaxson said. “We did not want to hide behind the camera and be anonymous. And from that approach and over time, we built an amazing relationship with our members and fans.” Jaxson was excited that Ryder came back and shot for Meet the Morecocks, even after he retired: “Both he and Jake Bass were our first big personalities, and I was happy he came back home if only for a visit. And today, we are so lucky to keep working with some of the best guys in the business—from Tayte Hanson to Liam Riley and, a personal muse for me, Colby Keller.” Keller also appears along with Karter and Will Wikle in the upcoming feature The Stillest Hour, a kind of psychosexual thriller that Jaxson notes has been “one of the hardest films for me to make—only because it’s touching some raw nerves and past memories for me. But it’s also why I have loved making it.” Jaxson is also starting two new projects, a (for now) top secret one and a film he has been writing and prepping for the last few years, All Saints—set in his hometown of New Orleans. “I’ll continue to explore some of the mythology created in Answered Prayers, but mostly I’ll be following a new set of characters. New Orleans has no shortage of local color. It was inspired from one of my favorite local holidays, All Saints Day—the day after Halloween—and in New Orleans, it is the day we celebrated the dead. It was never macabre, but more of a reminder for us to live life in the now.” Pictured: Jake Jaxson and Chi Chi LaRue

 
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