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Why Are RuPaul’s Girls Making a Movie About Gay Porn Star Joey Stefano?

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The fast life of infamous gay porn star Joey Stefano is about to hit the big screen with Michelle Visage and Alaska Thunderfuck promised to be part of its cast.

Director Chad Darnell (Spider-Man, Lost) has been developing the film since 2010, interviewing more than 50 sources to craft its 107-page script. It’s tentatively titled X-Rated. No word yet on who is playing Stefano.

“It’s that story of ‘little boy comes to Hollywood and gets taken by the scene,’” Darnell says. “But the real villain in the script is addiction, which Joey had. They all did.”

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This won’t be the first time Stefano’s legacy appears in pop culture.  In 1996, his life was chronicled in the book, Wonder Bread and Ecstasy: The Life and Death of Joey Stefano by Charles Isherwood. His life is also the subject of a one-man-play, Homme Fatale: The Fast Life and Slow Death of Joey Stefano, by Australian playwright Barry Lowe. And in 2015, a second biography of the actor was published, Joey Stefano: The Life, Loves & Legacy of the Prince of Passion.

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Why are so people so fascinated with Joey Stefano?

In 2013, G Philly’s Brandon Baker wrote an in-depth look feature about Joey Stefano’s life.

Baker writes, “Stefano was Philly’s Bradley Cooper of gay porn. A small-town, big-dreaming, all-American “dude,” he didn’t just settle for porn, but rather aspired to it. And though his story ended in an almost cliché drug-induced tragedy in November 1994, his list of accomplishments accrued by his death at the age of 26 remains impressive.”

On a casting couch full of straight-acting tops, Stefano made his name as a hungry power bottom.

Over the course of his five-year career, Stefano appeared in 58 gay adult films. In between films such as Hole in One and Sex in Wet Places, Stefano dated some high profile names in the entertainment industry, like billionaire David Geffen. Madonna noticed this young stud on the rise, and cast him in her controversial Sex book and two music videos.

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Who was Joey Stefano? Or more importantly, who was Nick Iacona?

Nicholas Anthony Iacona, Jr. (Stefano’s real name) was on a path of destruction before he got his start in porn.

Baker expands: “Fifteen-year-old Nick’s world would be turned upside down in 1983, when his dad died at the age of 48 from colon cancer. Nick and his siblings had watched for three painful years as their large and bombastic father deteriorated into an 85-pound shell of his former self. After his death, Nick shut down, and soon after was regularly indulging in drugs offered by his neighbor—presumably to numb the pain that would end up haunting him for the rest of his life.”

In November, 1994, Stefano was found dead in a motel room. He overdosed from a lethal mixture of cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine. He was 26 years old.

Baker points out that Stefano’s demise is much more complicated than director Chad Darnell’s “taken by the scene” claims.

“It’s easy to point to the gay-porn industry as the red-handed culprit in the death of Joey Stefano and so many like him,” Baker says. “But life, and death, is always more complicated than we think. The truth is that Nick Iacona was troubled long before he became Joey Stefano, before friends were peeling him off of street corners in New York in drug-induced hazes.”

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“Stefano’s—Nick’s—wounds went deeper than even the film of his life will be able to capture: his story is less the “little boy comes to Hollywood and gets taken by the scene” proposed by Darnell than it is the more strikingly simple tale of a young man who never quite learned to grapple with the death of his father, a profound loss that was exacerbated by an entertainment industry that feeds on tragedy like a leech. It’s a less erotic reality that, to the dismay of book writers and filmmakers everywhere, doesn’t sell quite as easily to consumers.”

The question on our mind: who will play Joey Stefano in the film?

We know they just appeared in the film King Cobra that was all about gay porn, but we can’t help but see some resemblance between Stefano and actors Garret Clayton and Keegan Allen.

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Talk about being type cast.