Jonathan Ames, porn star

Last night at the Swink reading, Jonathan Ames said he’d just learned that two small films in which he appeared several years ago, including a porn film, are now available for viewing. I asked for details to share with Ames fans. Here they are:

(1) A few years ago, I acted in a film — as I mentioned I’m the male lead, but there are also only two males, plus two females — called “Girl Under the Waves,” directed by Jay Anania. We filmed it in two hours — all improvisation — and it is now being broadcast several times over the next month by the Independent Film Channel. It runs for eighty minutes and during the film I attack Cyndi Lauper’s husband, an actor named David Thornton. I was new to improvisation and he was cursing at me a lot, using some kind of Robert DeNiro approach, so I lost control and threw him over a couch and ripped his shirt, then hit him with a pillow, which was a fey ending to a previously macho fight scene. Here’s the schedule for the next few weeks:

Thursday, Apr 15 2004 11:15 AM
Thursday, Apr 15 2004 4:45 PM
Friday, Apr 16 2004 8:00 AM
Friday, Apr 23 2004 10:00 AM
Friday, Apr 23 2004 4:15 PM
Wednesday, May 5 2004 7:45 AM
Wednesday, May 5 2004 3:30 PM
Wednesday, May 5 2004 4:45 AM

(2) It has already played several times, but I just found out about it when my father, down in Florida, spotted it on the TV.

A few years ago, I spent three days on a porn set to write an article for NY Press, and which I reprinted in my book My Less Than Secret Life. On my last day, they included me in the movie, which is called “C-Men.” In the movie, I’m talking to a porn starlet in a bar, attempting to pick her up, and then this male porn star, named Dale DeBone, dressed in a super-hero outfit, comes over and tells me to get lost and I slink away. I later saw Dale DeBone in a reality TV show where he dated a woman and was listed as an ‘actor’. Here is


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