'Hung' star on experimenting sexually with men
October 4th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

'Hung' star on experimenting sexually with men

It sounds like Thomas Jane might've had a few personal experiences to draw from for his role as "Hung's" high school coach-turned-prostitute Ray Drecker.

The actor tells the Los Angeles Times that growing up as "an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual favors."

Jane continues, "You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"

At that age, he explains to the L.A. Times, a "you're a lot more open to experimentation. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to test myself in that way."

After that kind of exploration, Jane says, you're more aware of your choices.

"I chose to be a heterosexual guy because that's what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am," he says. "But I'll tell you what - it's not a choice until you're open enough to experience both male and female sexuality. Until you've tasted the food, you don't know whether you like it or not, as my mom always said."

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  1. dude

    Dunno about the sandwich however since hollyweird is run buy the power gay's I'd say that this dude was pretty smart.. More gay advertisers signing up for his show.. Hope he gets at least 20% of the take.. Wonder if Charlie Sheen liked sandwiches back in the day.. He coulda got paaaaaaid... bahahahahahahh

    October 27, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. euu


    October 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nightlight

    Was his sandwich a hoagie?

    October 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Saget

    I used to suck d**k for crack.Have you ever sucked d**k for marijuana?

    October 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nita Man

    Mmm, he's hot! At least he is being open and honest about it. There are MANY more men that's done the same thing.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobalu

    What does being an artist have to do with this way of earning sandwiches?

    October 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BJ

    I always saw this guy as gay and I'm a straight guy myself. He just gave me a gay impression in every movie I saw him in. If this is his way of coming out of the closet, it's pretty pathetic. Bet his wife is just overjoyed though.

    October 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WILL


    October 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nancy

    I don't care who experiments with who...all I know is that they better be wearing some condoms. Young gay men and young african american women are still the fastest growing HIV populations in US.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |


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      October 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HB

    YOU don't have to take a big mouth full of crap to know it tastes bad.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. eg

    ryrcant even pretend to imagne

    October 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David crandall

    This artical is so gay. I would never do that for a sandwich – or money for that matter.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • hehe1p1

      I can't tell if your using "gay" in place of "stupid" or using it because it is often used to mean "stupid" and the topic of the article involves a guy going down on another guy.

      October 29, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jaybird

    Why have a sandwich when you can have a MANWICH?!

    October 6, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. knez011

    Don't need to try men to know that I love women. Pretty stupid explanation why you "ate sandwiches" for money. I bet your wife didn't know that...

    October 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jasonofspades

    There are SOOOO many better places in LA to get a sandwich besides Santa Monica.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasonofspades

      Just pull out your iphone 4S and ask Siri, "Where are the best sandwiches in LA?"

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mysto

    Seems like he had a taste for the Whopper™ sandwich before he ever tried it. Somebody popped his butt button and I think he probably left the control switch on cause he likes it like that.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Scaramouche

    Why do they only post what idiots have to say?

    October 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Me

    That is a good looking man. I would have LOVED to experiment with him 🙂

    October 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  19. James

    Well, the guy's gotta say SOMETHING to keep his name in the papers. I can just hear his press rep drilling him on what to say.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. chuckster

    Wow!! I guess no one on here is even aware that older men troll for the younger guys so they can suck them off, not the other way around. For Tom it was a win/win. He provides a warm meal for some perv and he gets the sandwich in return.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      Than he is not very smart – he could have donated his baby batter to a fertility clinic, and made more money than the cost of a sandwich.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Al Berg

    Did he swallow? The sandwich of course...

    October 5, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Pablo

    and some people say it's not a choice.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  23. John Wright

    Uh oh, I felt a little tender towards Mr. Jane. I can treat him to a buffet.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. Chancellor

    Perhaps he over generalized. I think he did. His route is not appropriate for everybody, just him. But I believe him.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • q

      He must have a really low self esteem to think he's only worth the cost of a sammich.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Thomas Jane

    I just want my kids back.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. Harry Tank

    I still like me tacos!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  27. Rickster

    Let's just say that old baby-faced Timmy more than earned that sandwich from me back in the day.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jeepers

    Oh my gawd. Dealbreaker.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      OMG you thought he really was that way? Bummer. I bet you want your sandwich back.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. marcpoitras@yahoo.com

    being gay or straight is not a choice, you idiot. many closeted gay men remain married to a woman, not because they are straight, but because they are afraid to come out. they chose to get married, that doesn't make them straight.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jules

    Ooh, goody. Another self-indulgent actor justifying their complete and total lack of self-control.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Buzz Aldrin

    Welp, if the Buzzer was gay, I guess I'd buy this dude a sammich and get me some hot action

    October 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Cosmic_T

    No straight person would ever do gayness just for money. I would rather go steal or pick up empty cans and stuff than do gay acts for money. Been in the closet much Tom Jane?

    October 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sc

      You'd be surprised what artist will do. They are typically more open to these things.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      Desperate attention hogs, more like. Oooh – he's just so edgy and unpredictable!!!!!! Yawn.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. hers

    I guess he used to get it "Hung" in some guy's mouth!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      I just love how everybody and their brother or sister has the "I'm a little bit gay – pay attention to me!" need to shock thing going on. So you tried your own kind – BFD. Desperate to be edgy and cool, or what? Who cares who gave a little something to get a little something. I thought being a hoe was one of the oldest professions? Whoop de yawn.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mr Jimmy

    Gee, don't do gay folks any favors... he tried both and decided to go hetro... teabaggers will swoon over that comment!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      And those foolish gays claim it's not a choice! Those silly tricksters.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. RightSaidFred

    If he wants to kill his career he should just keep talking...

    October 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. GrowUp

    Sounds to me like a lame publicity ploy for his show.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. waynebrady

    his penis is named 'the punisher'

    October 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Louise

    He is creepy.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Hikerstud

    I do not stick my finger in my rear end and then in my mouth. I do not stick my finger in any female or male rear end and then stick it in my mouth or their mouth. My DNA says it will taste bad.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mi mi

    Excuse me she has a real bad toilet potty trench mouth.Belllllch!

    October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  41. BigDog123

    Hey Jared, move over! Subway just found a new spokesperson.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Cookie

    Hey I won't mind sucking off a few of you guys on here. Then after take me out for a sandwich. big gals need loving to. I can take mad, evel, junkpile. oh heck! I can take y'all all at once, just feed me after.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      even if they're uncut? if yes do you lick under the skin too? hot I do

      October 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. two all beef patties

    Gives new meaning to "special sauce"....

    October 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • q

      First the man chowder, than some subway. It's called "soup and a sandwich."

      October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Levi


    October 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Carl Hungus

    I would have found a job within walking distance. Like maybe a sandwich shop.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Carl Hungus

    What a freakin weirdo. Wasn't his last resort, but his favorite choice.

    Didn't they have homeless shelters?

    October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Joe from Kalispell


    October 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  48. JimBob

    Hmmm, I have never experimented with a guy-but I think that has more to do with fear that other people (or myself) would think I was gay if I did. I'm happily married to my wife and quite satisfied so it's a moot point. However, I don't think there is anything wrong with experimenting in youth and figuring out what you like and don't like.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mike

    Maybe he just wasn't sure what side of the fence he belonged on, and that was his way of learning first hand what works and what didn't. The proportion of people who experiment is probably more than we would like to believe. At least he is being honest about his experimentation, and the conclusion that he came to.
    BUT, it's not for everyone. Many people are born knowing exactly which direction their DNA is taking them, and for them I see no need for experimentation to learn what they already know, unless it is their conscious choice to do so.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Jimmy

      If your in you late teens and still don't know "which side of the fence" your on... ( 9 out of 10 gays will tell you they knew by the time they were five.)

      October 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jo

    Don't agree with him. Does that mean you have to try everything to know what you want? In extreme cases, would you have to murder to know you're not a murderer, or less extreme, do you have to steal to know you don't want to steal? People can choose without experimenting, and in fact, that's usually what should be done- choice based off of values. Of course you can make mistakes, and learn from such, but it's not a requirement for learning what is right, let alone right for you.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • hehe101

      I was almost going to yell at you for saying being gay is a choice... then I saw that last sentence 😀

      October 29, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  51. Jon

    I've never tasted dog food...but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like that either.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Never drank gasoline, or put my hand in a crusher, or let a car run over my foot, or put live rats down my pants, or jumped off a cliff, or eaten dirt, or stuck a nail in my ear, or let a snake bite me, or rolled in ants, or bathed in vinegar, or eaten a live toad, or kicked a beehive, or run for president, or smoked a cigar, or fought a pit bull, or recorded a rap album, or been dragged behind a pickup truck, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like these things. I wouldn't like that sandwich either.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. MAllen

    Experimentation is one thing – its still NOT a conscious choice whether you are gay or straight – he had one comment right – its your DNA. There is no "choice" other than choosing to accept yourself for who you are. You are BORN straight or gay.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown

      Or bi, which would be a choice. That's what I think when I hear that kind of talk. I'd rather pick up cans than be part of a sandwich like that.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Anomic Office Drone

    ...Kind of puts The Punisher in an new light...

    October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MotoJB

      LOL...no doubt. The tail punisher.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • fronkus

      Looks like when The Punisher gets punched in a fight he gets a brown eye instead of a black one...

      October 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  54. john

    I know what the guy means. I used to do some pretty crazy stuff back in the day for a sandwich or two, if you know what I mean. It wasn't so bad, but sometimes the sandwiches didn't have enough mayo.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Junkpile

    I guess he was punished before he was the punisher....

    October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Moondancer is gone

    I do the same thing when I need rent money. It's called Gay for Pay, even though I'd do it for free.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Chester Eckstremo

    If he let a midget buy him a sandwich, I might just pay to watch...

    October 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  58. joeamerican

    with mayo of course....... 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. joeamerican

    He asked for sausage sandwiches.........

    October 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  60. lojenk


    October 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. the_dude

    Gay is not a choice unless you choose to become gay.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  62. the_dude

    Gross the punisher goes both ways.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tony

    OK, did this guy just basically say he was a man-ho? Nothing wrong with that...matter of fact, that type of candidness is quite refreshing from the usual "butter can't melt in mouth" b.s. that folks in Hollywood put out.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Ponder

    I thought being gay wasn't a choice? Yet he states it is as if we're all blank slates until we test both sides & is applauded. So, which is it? I'm sure there were other ways he could have earned a few bucks rather than selling himself.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown

      Most people who say they had a choice are bis exual anyway.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeamerican

      Bible Clown is an aetheist of course. But a clown for sure (at best)!

      October 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown

      Don't make me bop you with the Clown Hammer™. But seriously, it seems to be people who are either gay or bi who say there's a choice. Yeah, sure there is. Just head over to Santa Monica and get a sandwich? Not me, pal.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JP Alexander

    So to be a truggling artist he had to be used by gay men? If this is the case then maybe you could have done another perfession. Then he says his DNA means he is not gay but then he says he had to try different things to find this out. I truly do not believe you have to try that to know if you will like ti or not.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. JB

    I've never slammed my d*&k in a door jam, but I'm smart enough to know I wouldn't like it.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Thanks............I can't stop laughing!

      October 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zuri

      LOL! Good one..I don't have a d$ck but I agree with you

      October 5, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ImpishLisa

      Love it
      I wouldn't buy him a sammich, though I have some flaming guy pals that would give him a protein shake.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tom, Long Beach, California

    typical of the current agenda and this one will die just like the "L" Word!

    October 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave, CA

      Every one dies Tom. How will you be remembered? An A.H. or a friend? From your vindictive post I know which one.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ozzi

      Five years is a long run for a cable show.

      October 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Lois London

    Ray dude you're gay.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jrod


    October 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Byteme

    I've always depended on the kindness of strangers. 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  71. portalloser

    Says a lot about portalpunk to be first to comment on this particular article...

    October 4, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  72. erich2112x

    I think I knew that guy when we were 8. Always thought he was a little strange but just went with it since he had the swimming pool.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  73. Tom Jane

    I'll buy you a sandwich.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  74. Bubba

    There are a lot of things I've never tasted that I just know I wouldn't like, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. I guess what he's saying is that life ain't easy for a boy named Jane.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I used to shove a sandwich down the throat of a boy named Bubba a couple times a week when I lived in LA.

      October 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Actually I'm named by opposites, since I'm thin, handsome, and well-educated, but you aren't the first guy to spend hours fantasizing about me! Did you have a good time? I bet you even imagined my underwear. I'm married and happy, and not interested in eating Jane's sandwich. Michael, wrong coast; you'd have been starved for sandwiches where I grew up. Someone might have taken your sandwich away from you and fed it to a dog.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Comeonoutbubba

      "since I'm thin, handsome, and well-educated" you sound gay

      October 9, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  75. Chuck

    I will buy you a sandwich anytime buddy...........WOW

    October 4, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  76. Evel Knievel

    It was a sandwich alright, a big sausage sandwich.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  77. JamesDean

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Irony

      Funny that you use that name, as James Dean was reported to have blown many in hollyWOOD

      October 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  78. mominABQ


    October 4, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  79. Vera Warring

    So this means because I didn't go downtown on a girl in high school or college and am now married with kids for seven years I don't know if i'm a lesbian or not?Dude you've got issues.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • boring

      You sound very boring. Yawn.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Boring

      No you are NOT boring, you are quite normal. Mr. (or Ms) 'You sound very boring.' is the one who has a warped sense of excitement.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      You're all idiots to me.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Summer819

      Couldn't agree more. I don't need to go down on any girl to discover if I'm a lesbian underneath it all. Nope. Doesn't even begin to appeal to me.

      And just b/c you don't play the same team every once in a while doesn't make you boring. Just means you know what you want (or more importantly don't want).

      October 5, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Really!!!???

      ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Newslflash Vera!!!! I'D CHECK YOUR HUSBAND'S WANG... Married men with children have been cheating on their wives with the other men for centuries......

      October 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  80. be quiet


    October 4, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  81. Lisa

    Why would you listen to anyone on a fox blog ? Might as well find another blog, this one is full of sick ppl ! Hale Mary

    October 4, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  82. Lisa

    @ portalpunk. You should be thirsty, it is dry in here !

    October 4, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |

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