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15 Things You Might Not Know About Porn Star James Deen

BuzzFeed News spoke to one of the most famous names in the adult industry. Spoiler: He hates Michael Bay.

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2. He originally wanted to call himself Clint Cunnilingus.

He was talked out of the idea and went with James Deen, which had been his school nickname due to the way he smoked.

3. He rejects the suggestion that adult film stars are always financially well off.

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"People think: ‘You run an adult company so you’re a millionaire,’ but it’s not like that," he told BuzzFeed News. "We’re essentially a bunch of really small businesses that usually operate within a very low-profit margin, if any at all, especially nowadays with piracy and everything like that.

"[It's] not like we’re Madonna running around with all this money and we can be all charitable and stuff. We’re essentially just like your standard mom-and-pop business that is struggling to make a living."

5. He's only once got out of bed and gone, "Urghh, I've got to go to work today."

"I stopped and I was taking a shower and I said, 'Did I really just say that? That is not OK, why did I say that?'" he said.

"The thing that was bothering me was I was working with jackasses, so I stopped working with jackasses and I haven't had a day like that ever since. I love my job – I wake up every morning looking forward to it."

6. He hates Michael Bay.

But says he might go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because the trailer looked good.

7. Following his appearance in The Canyons alongside Lindsay Lohan, he's working on number of mainstream projects he won't comment on until they're confirmed.

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"The mainstream world works really slow. We’ll see," he said, rather cryptically.

He still likes tweeting about The Canyons though:

There is a lot of traffic on the freeway... I was in the canyons

James Deen@JamesDeenFollow

There is a lot of traffic on the freeway... I was in the canyons

6:23 PM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

i have decided to end all my emails with "i was in the canyons" or "dick pics for charity"

James Deen@JamesDeenFollow

i have decided to end all my emails with "i was in the canyons" or "dick pics for charity"

5:56 PM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. He plans to continue shooting porn for as long as he can.

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"As long as I’m physically able to or people are willing to watch me," he confirmed.

10. He once had sex on camera with a stand-up comedian and writer.

Jenn Tisdale responded to an open casting call on his website and the resulting film was uploaded to his website.

11. He worries about the way Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October, is "sexualised and exploited".

He told BuzzFeed News he wants to exploit the exploitation and has pledged to donate 50% of the sales from his website to breast cancer charities.

He is also encouraging people to donate through his site. "I’ve had a lot of issues with cancer in my life," he said. "My grandparents died of cancer, I’ve had a lot of friends who’ve had cancer, I recently had a very close friend who died from cancer. All of this cancer has been a serious issue in my life. I don’t like it."

12. He believes the porn industry is on a precipice.

Deen claims the adult industry will either sink back to how it was in the 1970s, existing in the shadows and shot in weird locations, or push the envelope to compete in the new generation of marketing, just as Hulu and Netflix have done in TV, and "basically reinvent the wheel".

13. He says the solution may lie in creating a pay-for service in which something like Apple TV would host a James Deen porn app.

"Create a platform where people will pay an appropriate fee and offer something that they actually desire in a way they desire it," he said.

14. He is believed to be in a relationship with fellow porn star Stoya.

@stoya @JamesDeen: That was a fun party!

15. He's amazed anyone has even heard of him.

"It's astounding anyone knows who I am," he concluded. "The fact I'm talking to you is astounding."

You can find out more about Deen's attempts to raise money for breast cancer research on his website. Warning: NSFW.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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