JEFF STRYKER: I ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT IN GAY PORN!
Of all the interviews we shot for our documentary on Falcon Studios’ Chuck Holmes, none was more surprising than our interview with Jeff Stryker. Arguably the biggest star in the history of gay porn, Stryker was originally rejected by Holmes who didn’t see the potential in the then-mulleted newcomer.
We caught up with Stryker, poolside at his hilltop home in the San Fernando Valley — and he was every bit as handsome as I’d remembered. Jeff Stryker explained that getting into the industry wasn’t the cakewalk you might have expected for a star of his, uh, stature. Pics, and a few highlights from the interview, after the jump.
The birth of the legend very nearly wasn’t. According to Stryker:
I was applying for regular modeling, you know, legitimate I thought out of Springfield, Illinois. And the photographer had taken pictures of me, and then called me back later and said I would like to take more pictures of you. I think it could work. So he put me in these biking shorts, and when he did that, I guess all is discovered. And he sent pictures up here to John Travis who was working for Falcon. …
In the beginning, [Chuck] was partially involved the funding of flying me out but then he backed out. Me and John Travis and him, we went and picked him up. We had lunch and then we took him to Burbank airport to fly to San Francisco.
I had hair parted in the middle and he just did not think I would become anything, which it is a big joke. He was like no, I don´t think he is going to become the big star you guys think he is going to. And Catalina got into like a bidding war and then Chuck wasn´t into that at all.
But I flew out here and Catalina had decided all right, we will invest in this guy, into making him a star. And that is when John Travis jumped boat from Falcon and went with Catalina. Chuck kicked himself in the ass forever.
According to Travis, Chuck’s response was a bit more colorful — When asked if he’d put Stryker in a movie, Chuck reportedly responded “I wouldn’t put him in a doghouse!” (Later, Chuck owned up to his mistake and helped Stryker distribute his movies.) So Travis left Falcon and went to Catalina where he groomed Stryker — fixed his teeth, cut his hair, worked him out — until the body matched his amazing cock. Still, Stryker almost wasn’t the big star he turned out to be. His initial shoot with Catalina turned out to be near disaster:
I got to the set and here I was a young guy from the Midwest. And I just said “I cannot do it. I cannot do it.” And they said we will double the money. And I am like “I can do it. I can do it.’
So then I got there. Then, we got down to [the sex and I said] — “Wow, oh god, I cannot do it.” [And Catalina said again] “We will double it.” — “I can do it! I can do it!”
But according to Stryker, he still had trouble. Even with the double-double, he couldn’t do it. So they called in a pinch hitter.
[In] my first three movies … the close-ups weren´t my dick. They used a thing called a stunt dick … They said — and this was John Travis — “We will just use your face and your body, and it won’t be your dick.” I am like “People will think it is my dick, won’t they?” “Yeah, of course they will.” But that is how it worked. … Here I was being made a porn star and I wasn’t doing porn. I couldn’t. Couldn’t function. Three movies later, I got where I could.
Stryker says that he was almost released from his contract after his first shoot because it went so poorly. It wasn’t until reaction came back from a magazine layout that Travis and Catalina decided they couldn’t live without him. And the rest is history.
So the bad news? If you’ve been jerking off to Stryker classics like Bigger than Life or In Hot Pursuit, you were getting off to someone else’s big number. At least when it’s in action. (For those of us who wore out the VCR with Jeff’s voice alone, it doesn’t really matter.) The good news is, however, is that in real life Jeff is still hung like a Texas mule — and just as handsome and charming as he’s ever been.
(And if you want proof, check out the trailer for Jeff Stryker’s Underground — which most assuredly does feature the legend itself.)