Overheard on CNN.com: All-American success stories? Porn stars gone mainstream
Steven Soderbergh cast adult film star Sasha Grey in the 2009 feature film "The Girlfriend Experience."
June 15th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: All-American success stories? Porn stars gone mainstream

[Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.]

After Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that he cast adult actor James Deen opposite Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming film, we wanted to learn about other adult movie stars who have transitioned into mainstream Hollywood.

James Deen, other porn stars who've gone mainstream

The discussion that followed, we're sure you're not surprised to find out, was quite interesting. Readers tried to reconcile these all-American success stories with feelings about the industry they represent.

Cleareye
"What a pitiful line-up of losers. None of them have done anything after porn, no one ever will. Audiences sense the degradation they have mistakenly chosen for themselves and instinctively turn away. A young person could hardly make a more serious error than doing porn and thinking it's cool."
William D. Perry

"The line has become pretty thin nowadays between porn and so much of the salacious junk that passes for mainstream entertainment. I frankly have seen some porn performers who seem more clean cut than druggies like Lohan or the trash on Jersey Shore."

There was also debate about what kind of ... talent, so to speak, is needed to make it in porn.

Thierry Taule
"[H]ow can these people get an award for taking it in the [expletive]. [That's] acting?"

John3445
"Do you know how hard it is to do a porn shoot? They have to make the right noises and have to say the right things. Movement and transitions must be flawless. ...  One shoot can take an entire day. It's not easy at all."

Our list featured adult stars like Sasha Grey (pictured above), Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson, which sparked lots of discussion about what qualifies as "going mainstream," and who should and should not have been listed.

cpc65
"Sasha Grey tries to come off as being intellectual and sophisticated but really, some of the 'toys' in her films were smarter than she is. There are adult film stars, past and present, that are also members of Mensa. RJ has both a bachelor's and a master's degree."

vincern2
"Really on this list Ron Jeremy is the only one that really did mainstream stuff. Ginger Lynn had one bit part in a mainstream series so maybe that counts. The rest did a couple projects that were not quite porn or maybe had bit parts in films failed to rise to the level of 'B movie.'"

Michael Hinman
"What I don't understand is that Brent Corrigan (under Sean Lockhart) has also been making the move to mainstream, and I think a little further than some of the choices above. He has already appeared in mainstream independent films, including 'Judas Kiss,' and has retired from the industry."

And there was also, of course, input from the fans:

mesohungy
"Porn is great! Just don't know how they perform in front of all those people filming and stuff."

Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.


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  1. Lars Babaganoosh

    Oh, so that's what she looks like with clothes on.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Justme

    Porn is like a bad piece of fruit. It looks good until you bite into it, then you never forget what it's like to bite into something once wholesome now totally rotten.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Krusty

    I heard the voice actress for "Lisa Simpson" was once a porn star. I'd like to see that.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Just Me

    Bush's fault. HAHA GET IT?

    June 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Richard

    No, Sasha, I didn't come in your mouth, I was just "acting"!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jujubeans

    Who cares if they can act, as long as they take off their top!

    June 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jzzlvr

    You forgot they also have to learn"oh God"

    June 18, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. elad

    is it still okay to watch porn if your married and your wife is really hot?

    June 18, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • myk

      YESSSSSSSSS.....That is the reason dudes watch it. Dudes get tired of the some ol stinky every day.

      June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Super kitty

    Im not thrilled my boyfriend watches porn but I'm happy with his reason being "he's priming himself up for me for the night" ignorance is bliss, as long as he does it discretely

    June 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perskaya

      So you **like** that your boyfriend is thinking of the women he just saw instead of reacting to you and your body instead? You're an idiot. If he has to "prime" himself for you, he has a problem or he isn't attracted to you.

      June 18, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • JojoinNYC

      and you bought it? LOL, why does he have to prime up?

      June 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • myk

      That's what he calls it PRIME lol. Boo-Boo Guys watch porn because we wish we could have something new and fresh hott. I know you women want to think that your mate loves only your body..lol but trust me he is sooooo tired of the same thingy every day.

      June 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • myMymy

      or he's into dudes.

      June 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • akhtar

      plz some help me i want to make porn star plz add me on face book akhtarkhan77

      July 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bl4ckr4bb1t

    So, now cnn is doing an article almost entirely comprised of comments. Then this many people get into a big conversation about it. Society has hit a new low if you're really this interested is this sham that's being passed as news

    June 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sharp

    I guess I'm a hypocrite because even though I like seeing porn I think that there is something wrong with a person who can do such intimate things in public & on film. I have no problem with them doing legitimate acting as long as they are good actors.

    June 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharp

      By the way, "The Girlfriend Experience" is one of the standard items on a Nevada Bordello menu.

      June 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eroteme

    So what else is new? Our society is racing downhill,l we may as well enjoy our downward slide.

    June 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    I think porn actors would be good with Lohan. Just watched her last night in Saturday Night Live. She read every line she had in the whole show. Maybe Lindsay should do porn and let the porn actors do SNL. Porn actors are used to only learning three lines (oooh, yes, and oh yeah), which has pretty much become SNL's catch phrases. Lohan cannot remember her name half the time, so she could change over and do porn. Of course, who would want to "act" with her there?

    June 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. watcher world

    As long as the USA is a free country, Americans have the right to watch/enjoy anything that is legal. That includes most porn.

    Therefore, "you can have my porn when you take it from my cold, dead, left hand! Because my cold dead right hand will be holding the pistol that I shot you with!"

    June 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. magnus

    sasha grey is a serious porn star. she does it all and is really into it. i cant imagine that will help her but will ultimately hurt her chances in hollywood, but i love her nonetheless and wish her well.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  16. capice boykin

    im with them what about you bro.?? : )

    June 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Azezel

    I didn't think the world was coming to an end until just about now...

    June 17, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  18. nobody

    If it werent for porn i would still have thousands of gallons of d.n.a. still. thank god for the enternet

    June 17, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  19. dd

    Everybody loves a little porn

    June 17, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  20. goodtimeguru

    Porn is porn....u get what u pay for....I love lez porn...one good thing...theres no shortage of genre....

    June 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dizzyd

    Must be why you like it then!

    June 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Walex

    It's not fear. A credible job to be doing, my Question is, do they have a bright future?.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jenny

    Porn is sad and appeals to most males and fat, ugly females who need attention from anyone...even if they look like the missing link.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azezel

      im just really shy and soft spoken.

      June 17, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • myk

      Penny that's funny. You have no ideal the greatness of porn. Porn helps us dudes go to that special place. Stop being a HATER

      June 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Stewies Girl

    Ok

    June 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. unfair

    There should be no discrimination in porn and no discrimination in size or else me and million or billion of guys will be left out. Tired of seeing the brothers banging hot girls that make all of us look like sucka

    June 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Solo

    The line between porn and other movie roles is really blurred... ask Halle Berry about her role with Billy Bob Thornton.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Smallgiant

    It cant b compared to stealing,let them go on

    June 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dillinger

    All hypocrites, every. Single. One of them. They've watched porn, and now they have the tenacity to judge others? Please..

    June 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. canon perdido

    I think the best porn movies were ths Marilyn Chambers movies. They actually had a story to them.

    The best funny classic porn movie was It Happened in Hollywood.

    CP

    June 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. c-ho

    You really think porn actors feel good about themselves doing that kind of crap? Let's not forget Darren James contracting HIV in Brazil and passing it to various women he filmed with back in early 2000s. Yea it sounds like a glamorous life. Bella Donna said it all when Diane Sawyer asked how she can smile about doing this crap. She replied "Well if I don't smile I'll cry." They can pretend to love it all they want. Truth is if they really think about it they loathe it.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lavelle littrice

    I dont pay for porn but i would

    June 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jenny

    Is anyone still technology-challenged enough to pay for porn????

    June 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Brainy

    LazyCash43.com

    June 16, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  34. pornyt

    You can watch Sasha get DPd then goo sprayed on her face. Hard to shame that image!

    June 16, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  35. chadnofwski

    porn stars are very sane people out to make a living in this hard economic times,apart from the pleasure of the job they get to live their lives abundantly

    June 16, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  36. chuckEechuck

    Its funny cause I'm not a porn star and I had a shoot the other day...lol #YallAintBoutThatLifeSoHushhhhh

    June 16, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  37. czay

    dear glob... does anyone read the fine print under the comment box, at all? you mean to say people actually read and reveiw these for how 'appropriate' they are, and yet they allowed tommy boy say he likes eating pooh? this kind of makes me wonder, who the heck writes and reveiws these? its hilarious, those poor people, that job must suck! keep up the good work CNN, I can always count on you for a good laugh.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  38. hefstillrules

    Now CNN is posting articles about comments about articles. What's next? Articles on comments about comments on articles obviously...stay tuned for more nonsense.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  39. tommy boy

    I enjoy eating my own pooh.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  40. kmcfe

    @Chris.......my husband was addicted to porn for many years. It's just as heartbreaking as being married to someone with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling. So therefore, berating a woman who "made" her husband get rid of porn isn't really nice. I like porn as much as the next person but when people are addicted it's a detriment to a relationship ;)

    June 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • pornyt

      Women controlling the relationship. You were probably a freak once now a cold fish and the man has needs. Let him have his porn so you can continue to go shopping and do missionary once a month.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  41. Steve Christie rage707

    I'd do O'lovely in the bum. And Avy Scott, Ava Rose, Gianna Michaels, Cherokee, Delotta Brown and Caroline Pierce.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jimmy Carlin of Scottsdale

    Do porn stars farts have lumps?

    June 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Justin

    If they never listed some of the actors who are mainstream in television, music, or film that have done porn...most of you wouldn't know. It is a niche entertainment industry that employs people that have to go through rigorous testing for STD and all other sorts of ailments before they will even be allowed to work. Yet TV Film and Music stars have to go through no such testing to do what they do...so in a sense porn is a more responsible industry because it protects the safety of its actors.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sugrad

      Riiiiight....you can't possibly be so naive that you actually believe what you just typed.

      FWIW, they do get screened regularly, but they work more often than they get screened. Heaven help them if they contract anything between screenings. The industry is still far from being safe.

      June 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Teresa

    Those porn movies are trash. My husband use to watch them. I made him give them away. They turn my stomach. I had to leave the room. There is no story or plot just like the harlequin romances which i do not read either.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So you *made* him get rid of him... and you're bragging about it?

      "Hey, my husband would rather pleasure himself while watching other people get it on, but I'm such a good wife, I _MADE_ him get rid of them"

      June 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • pornyt

      Probably more to do with you than your husband. If you were taking care of business then he might not be so distracted.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I doubt he's not watching porn. Vices, fetishes, turn ons etc really don't go away.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. gricha

    Someporngirlsaresoprettymostofthemarejunkysdadada

    June 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Leucadia Bob

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-grcZWk19EU&w=640&h=390]

    June 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ted

    Porn.....good for whacking

    June 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  48. CH

    Judging from the billions of dollars it generates, I thought porn was mainstream.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Name*Inigo Jones

    Uschi Digart on Candy Samples!

    June 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  50. palintwit

    On my way home tonight I'm going to rent "Bristol Palin... Queen of the Buttplugs".

    June 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. el diablo

    What about Sylvester Stallone?

    June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Anita Bongtoke

    I prefer them in their original line of work!!!!!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Heywood Jablome

    Kim K missing from this list?

    June 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pornyt

      Yeah where is Kardashian? Porn. Put her in the spotlight

      June 16, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      I dont think anyone considers her to have any talent or worth. The porn industry wouldnt claim that cavernously loose dumpster for juice.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  54. El Puko

    Asia Carrera in "The Big Lebowski".

    June 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. JellyBean

    Traci Lords.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |

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