Keegan Allen On His “Intense” Research Into Gay Porn For “King Cobra”

"I really loved my character—I don't know how a lot of people are going to feel about him."

Logo hit the red carpet at L.A.’s Outfest to talk to the cast of the new gay-porn drama, King Cobra.

Based on a true story, the film explores the events leading up to the murder of producer Bryan Kocis at the hands of porn actors Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes.

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In the film, directed by Justin Kelly (I am Michael), Christian Slater plays a Kocis-type character who discovers rising star Brent Corrigan (former Disney star Garrett Clayton) and is then targeted by Kerekes (James Franco) and Cuadra (Keegan Allen).

Allen told us the real-life aspects of the story appealed to him, but he needed a crash course in gay smut.

“I didn’t know anything about the gay porn industry going in,” the Pretty Little Liar actor admitted. “I did a lot of research—obviously it was very intense.”

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Despite his character’s homicidal tendencies, Allen said he found him appealing.

“It was kind of beautiful. I really loved my character—I don’t know how a lot of people are going to feel about him,” he said. “I had to find the love for him. It opened my mind to what these guys go through… and how much of a struggle it is.”

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Watch Allen on the red carpet below, along with co-star Alicia Silverstone talking about how erotic she found the film to be, Garrett Clatyon on how “aggressive” shooting was and more.

King Cobra was recently picked up for distribution by IFC Films.
 

 

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