On the Set of a Sci-Fi Porno

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Miscellaneous, Movies
Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

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I try to get him to dish on Lohan by talking about my friend Chris Sivertson's movie I Know Who Killed Me, for which she didn't always show up to set, but Deen has his diplomatic answers down pat, laughing and saying, "I have no response to that. I was not on that project." Of the lengthy New York Times article about her Canyons on-set antics, among other things, he says only that it's "accurate enough - it is real-life events reflected in a mirror and retold for dramatic effect. There's enough in it that's true that we can't say it's not true, but there's also so much else there than what they described just in that article." Of his own experience, he calls it "awesome."

In Saving Humanity, in what director Sparks admits is "sort of" a reference to the independent film scene, Deen plays a villainous businessman named Weinstein. On this day, he has been aged up with some drawn-on crow's feet and a ruffled brow.

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As for the plot of the movie, Nielsen describes it thusly: "You have a heroine from each of these four time zones. There's prehistoric man, the caveman era, then the 1950s, then you've got the world of today, and then you've got this bleak future where sex is not allowed between humans; humans are cloned as adults and terminated as adults when their economic utility is done. We have an overarching message with this movie that maybe we're losing some of the elements that make us human, and if we continue down this path, we might end up in this bleak world that's run by corporations." He dismisses concerns that viewers might reject porn that's overtly political, saying the anti-corporate angle is "up to the viewer's interpretation."

Sparks' description of the writing process makes the conception sound more chaotic. "Kim gave me a list of things he wanted to see in the film, like time travel, a monolith, cloning, maybe some martial-arts fighting, maybe a dance number, so the challenge was to take all those things and put it all into a script; a story that made some kind of sense. But we finally got it; it was the hardest script I've ever written." The final page count was 82 pages, where the usual adult feature tops out around 30. They also tend to shoot for long, 20-hour days; this one is taking 10, and operating more or less under the schedule and timing of a union shoot, even though they aren't technically required to do so.

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In the interests of good journalism, I felt it my duty to interview some of the actresses, because hey, this is work, right? It was a moment of pride when Sinn Sage proved her nerd cred by showing off her X-Files tattoo...and voiced her extreme disappointment that she wasn't cast in the porn parody.

As bummed as she was in both that missed opportunity and the second X-Files movie ("My heart broke, you don't even know"), she was glad to be part of a sci-fi film that wasn't just a direct parody, and the chance to use her imagination against a green-screen. "It's like a muscle you can exercise. It's nice to be able to use it and play with it," she says, noting that imagination isn't usually part of a genre that leaves nothing unshown. Though she's not specifically looking to break out of porn, she does say that "I love acting, so the fact that I'm finally in a movie where I have the opportunity to act - I've done it before, but not very often - to have it be shot and made like a mainstream movie, it feels amazing."

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