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Behind-the-Scenes of PG PORN: SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES with PHOTOS!

Warning!  There are a bunch of fucking spoilers in this blog.  If you haven’t watched PG PORN: SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES yet, go watch it now HERE!  Then come back…

Hey, what’s up?  Welcome back.  It’s good to see you again.  Did you enjoy that?  Me too.

Here are some FUN FACTS about the making of SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES:

–    When my brothers Brian and Sean and I were first discussing shooting PG PORN, one of the first adult stars we sought out was JENNA HAZE, whose work we were all, uh, fans of, and who also happens to be one of the most popular adult stars in the world.

–    I actually contacted her her on MySpace.  I knew I had a good in when I saw the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD in her Favorite Movies section.
–    SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES actually WASN’T the first time I worked with Jenna.  First, she was one of the stars of the pilot for HUMANZEE!, my show-that-was-so-fucked-up-Xbox-wouldn’t-air-it.  But we had such a great time working on that we started talking a lot about doing a PG PORN together.  But it had to be just the right idea…

–    Believe it or not, it’s not that easy coming up with ideas for PG PORN.  Because the episodes are so short, the whole thing really comes down to one basic idea.  I don’t know what made me think of it, but I thought it would be funny to have an episode where, instead of fucking, a guy just sang about fucking… frustratingly so for the girl involved.
–    To come up with the songs, I of course went to TERRA NAOMI.  I was a little afraid to ask her to become involved in something so completely filthy, but she instantly agreed to be my partner in writing the music and lyrics for SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES.  Terra came in with the basic musical structures and some of the lyrics (including “I fuck my own hand”) and we finished the songs on the piano in my family room in just a couple hours.  We were dying laughing the entire time.  I remember at one point collapsing onto the floor with laughter over the line, “I’m the opposite of a fag!”  Talking about jerking off to Angelina Jolie and Beyonce also made us laugh.  I’m pretty sure those girls are big fans of PG PORN, so it’s our little nod to them.
–    You can buy all the songs from SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES on iTunes here:

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–    Working on a PG PORN is remarkably good luck for the adult stars involved.  Just a couple of weeks after shooting ROADSIDE ASS-SISTANCE, Sasha Grey won AVN Performer of the Year for 2007.  Just a couple of weeks after shooting SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES Jenna Haze won AVN Performer of the Year for 2008.

–    JOE FRIA – the male lead, who we called “Joey Bone” on set – has been a friend of mine for nearly ten years.  He’s a musical theater star in town and, although there are lots of bigger stars around, I knew no one else would be as great in the role as he would be.  He is also the voice of Sparky in my XBOX show SPARKY & MIKAELA.  I met Joe for the first time when he played my ex-wife Jenna Fischer’s love interest in a theatrical production of NOSFERATU.


Pete!!!

–    NOSFERATU is also where I met my PG PORN creative partner, PETE ALTON,  who was in the same show…
–    As well as my good friend BEN SIMONETTI, who was in SPARKY & MIKAELA, and who shoots a large portion of the PG PORN behind-the-scenes footage.  As a little treat, here’s a trailer for NOSFERATU, featuring Joe, Jenna, Pete, and Ben.  Enjoy:

–    Speaking of Jenna Fischer, while Jenna Haze was on set with us she got a call that she had just be cast as the "Receptionist character" in the porn version of THE OFFICE.
–    A few days before going live on Spike.com, we tried to change the name from SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES to LES JIZZERABLES.  Spike.com didn’t go for it.
–    It was a struggle to get Spike to agree to air SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES, due to the filth factor.  They read the scripts as we were closing the deal with them for the 11-episode pickup.  NAILING YOUR WIFE was their biggest hit ever, and they loved ROADSIDE ASS-SISTANCE, but they were extremely hesitant about showing SQUEAL HAPPY WHORES.  I pretty much said that if I did PG PORN, SQUEAL HAPPY WHORE would have to be a part of it, or I wouldn’t do it. I had to agree to bleep out the word “fag” – you can get the uncensored song on iTunes – but they finally relented.

–    But after seeing it they freaked out even more.  The lyrics  were bad enough, but they really freaked out on the gonzo porn opening because it seemed so much like, uh, well, gonzo porn.  Fortunately, the main dude over there, Jon Slusser, really went to bat for us and stood up to the lawyers and accountants who were afraid of the giant backlash.
–    So far, there hasn’t been a backlash.  Most people (myself and most of the PG PORN crew included) actually like this episode the best.  That said, it’s graphic nature has caused some of the usual PG PORN outlets to refuse to show it, so the hits are a bit more slow in coming.

–    Terra and I actually wrote the songs BEFORE I wrote the rest of the script.  I tried a good dozen different porn scenarios – cheerleader tryouts, secretary/boss, etc – before coming to gonzo.  The problem with the others was it made the episode seem like a cheesy porn musical.  I wanted it to be completely unexpected.  And I needed the audience to know that the musical was really happening, it wasn’t actually a part of the show.  Therefore, gonzo.
–    Most of the PG PORN shoots are pretty simple.  This one was a bit more complex because of the moving cameras and various angles, so it took a bit more preparation and focus for me and Pete Alton.


Joe Fria, Brian Gunn, Jenna Haze, Terra Naomi, and me.

–    We had three people watching the monitor at all times – me, my brother Brian, and Terra.  While I focused on performance, Brian and Terra worked as lip sync Nazis, making sure Joe was always spot on with his vocals.  He really sang throughout the day so that it would look more real, and was completely and utterly exhausted by the end of the day.


First AD Tres Stamos, my assistant Amanda Roberts, wardrobe designer/photographer Mary Matthews, me, Terra Naomi, producer Dave Yarvo, and sign-face Brian Gunn

–    I told people when we first started with PG PORN it was going to take a lot of unexpected directions.  We have a lot more up and coming, including the next episode, which has an enormous cast, headed by Craig Robinson from THE OFFICE, Sean Gunn, Bree Olson, Marie Luv, Mikaela Hoover, and Sarah Agor from SCREAM QUEENS!  In the next few weeks we’re also shooting HIGH POON with Alan Tudyk and Belladonna and THE VAGINATRIX with Jesse Jane.  Stay tuned!

Okay, that’s it for now.  Please help spread this new episode around – even more than the others, we rely on you guys to spread the word so we’re able to keep making these.  And RATE and COMMENT on the Spike page!  Feel free to ask any questions below and I’ll try to answer!

Be good,

James

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