Steve Cruz To Break From Performing to Focus on Directing

Posted August 26, 2008 8:20 PM by with 0 comments

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Steve Cruz is one porn star we never tire of writing about. When I heard that he’ll be co-directing his first movie, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to probe him deeper on the subject (I love chatting with him but I always got the feeling he enjoys being probed anyway).

We discussed his directorial influences, if he’s still a Raging Stallion Exclusive, and what exactly it is that a porn director does anyway. “Blue Movie” (an homage to 1970s and ’80s porn which he’s co-directing with Leif Gobo for Mustang) should be released in December but until then check out the interview after the jump …

So does working for Falcon’s Mustang line mean you’re done with your contract with RS?
I have Chris Ward’s blessing to direct for Falcon; he thinks its a great opportunity and he’d never hold me back. Also I decided not to put myself in my own films. I’m taking a break from performing for a while. When — and if — I decide to return I am sure Chris would love to have me back anytime.

Who are your favorite porn directors?
I have heroes for many reasons: Chris Ward for the way he marries the spirit of big Hollywood film to his work … but also because when it comes to directing sex he’s a pro. His sex scenes are the most genuine because he really knows how to inspire a great performance out his guys. Bruce Cam has a talent for placing beautiful men in beautiful settings, and he’s produced some of the most gorgeous gay films ever made. His early work is some of my favorite — Desert Train, Island Guardian.

Chi Chi LaRue knows how to shoot a nasty film … The Link series is a favorite. Aftershock is another. Wrong Side of the Tracks, all time favorite! Jim French is a god. The classic COLT movies really do it for me. They were really extensions of his photographic work. Each alive with a carefree spirit of joyful sexuality rather than the nuts and bolts fucking we shoot today. “Hot Cop” is to die for!

What about favorite mainstream directors?
Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock. Guilty Pleasure: Russ Meyer.

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What are you doing to prepare for directing?
Waking up in the middle of the night and writing down what comes to me… Last month it was story-boarding and set design. This month its casting, picking the right guys for the job and finding them partners they can get excited about. The last production I had to learn how to be flexible while still keeping the integrity of the original vision in tact. And being open to what happens… the magic of chance. I have a lot of cool ideas but I admit I have plenty to learn about the technical aspects of what we do.. so really I’ll be absorbing all I can from Leif Gobo’s 12 years of experience.

How does directing a gay porn ential? How does a director inspire realistic and passionate performances without ruining the moment?
There lots of ways you can direct. I had one director spend the whole day on the phone with his boss while we directed ourselves which was fine. Then I’ve been micro-managed while everyone deliberates the perfect shot every half hour. Long days kill chemistry and drain energy from a film. You can only do so much in the editing room.

I want to be the kind of director that returns to basics of what makes porn hot, the chemistry of hot sex. Its in the casting and setting a stage, planning your shot list and so forth… but its also in the atmosphere you create on a set. As a performer I understand their job better than anyone. I hope I can use that experience to inspire something special.

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  1. ramy August 26th, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    sorry we won’t be seeing your hot hairy butt for a while, but good luck.

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  2. Anonymous August 27th, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    why dont you guys like pussys?

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  3. Robert August 27th, 2008 at 4:03 AM

    This is not surprising at all. Most other Raging Stallion performers also get to direct too. Some performers know they are over exposed (appearing in every RS release lately) so find some reason to stay around. This is a movement that has been happening alot lately. Other than Michael Brandon, I dont recall another RS performer with any good videos in the director chair. WHat is he going to do? Put all the same RS performers in the video that appear in all the others? Not exciting, sorry!

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  4. Anonymous August 27th, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    This guy is so overrated, I’m glad he’s in Team Obama though!

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  5. tyler August 27th, 2008 at 8:23 AM

    Steve cruz could never be overrated in my book! Like they said — I never grown tired of watching him and that hairy ass! Yum!

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  6. Chi Chi LaRue August 27th, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    You will Rock it Steve sweetie!!!!
    they could not have picked a better man!!
    cant wait to see you.
    XXXO

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  7. Ken August 27th, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    So another porn atcor directing Eh…dosen’t mean because u’re a hit on film you can all of a sudden direct.. I checked out that other porn actor Jason Ridge’s latest directing pic…absolutley nothing arousing about models that look worse that the guys next door, body wise..boring scenes…def wouldn’t be renting anymore…if you can’t do something different than the ususaly porn..why bother… it’s a waste of film..:-(((

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  8. Roy August 27th, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    A question. Why does almost every porn start with foreplay,oral, rimming and then fucking. Why can’t they play around in clothes, then underwear, then rim, kiss and then blow job, then go to a bed and make love not positions! The guys are usually fantastic, they have the bodies, equipment, everything, the formula for porn is tired, it needs a lot more imigination and fun and real sexiness it doesn’t have now. I repeat it’s not the performers it’s the directors, budgets and the mind set of the industry. I don’t buy or rent porn anymore it’s too expensive and it’s the same tired format. They even have it in the DVD’s menu. Foreplay, oral, rim, fucking. That’s sad.

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  9. Jett Blakk August 27th, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Well, Roy, all I can say is that I always read about how people want to see something different, but whenever someone makes something different, it either gets ignored or (more often the case) shot down with negative comments, so they stop trying.

    If you truly want something different, you have to support the company that tries, even if you don’t like the outcome. This will encourage us to try new things and break established patterns.

    JBK

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  10. Jason August 27th, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Another amateur to direct for Falcon/Mustang? Just when I thought Falcon was getting serious again. No experience, no worries! We hire anyone!
    Will he last longer than Matt Rush at directing?

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  11. Crusty-Nut August 27th, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Hey everyone. Isn’t Ken GREAT, what a fucking heart-attack on a lovely day. Steve Cruz will be awesome! I think we’re witnessing the birth of a new and potentially amazing talent! He’s a sexy MF’er as a performer and I have a feeling he’ll throw down as a director.

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  12. Tom August 27th, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    If Steve Cruz as director can get the same authenticity he projects as an actor, then I think his films will be a big plus. He’s intelligent and sensual and sexy. I expect his directing will be the same.

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  13. Chuckles August 27th, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Good luck Steve! I for one will be anxious to see what you cook up, nothing but hottness radiates from you so I’m sure you will be a big success!

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  14. Wolf Hudson August 27th, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    I am very proud of you Steve. I know you will make some of the best pig nasty porn in the biz. Good luck to ya kid. :)

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  15. Joe August 27th, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    This is probably the SMARTEST move Falcon/Mustang has made in quite a while. I am a huge Steve Cruz fan and have followed his career since the very beginning. I am looking forward to his movie! Best of luck Steve!!

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  16. Cranky August 28th, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Well Mustang needs some new directors. They have some hot stars but the directing is terrible. Face shot, sausage shot and maybe one shot where you can see the whole faces, bodies and action. We want to see who is fucking – is that too much to ask??????

    Their films are so bad. I might give Steve Cruz my last chance at their films. ugh.

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  17. Snake September 1st, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Not sure I agree with you, Cranky. The last two videos I saw from Mustang were hot, hot, hot. Check out CRUISIN’GROUNDS. No offense to Cruz, but putting an inexperienced director at the helm to direct for a major studio spells disaster. Bad move.

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  18. Eric September 1st, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    The idea of Steve Cruz who has never directed before, teaming up with Gobo, a so so director, is quite a gamble for Falcon. But I guess if ya got money to burn it can be be done.

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  19. T.J. September 2nd, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    With all the blessings and pride given to Cruz from Chi Chi and Chris Ward, how come one of them wasn’t the first to take the gamble in hiring an inexperienced director? The hype and b.s. in the press release makes me want to gag. Stay in front of the camera Steve, where you belong. It only takes one director to do the job. Appears there is far too many chiefs and not enough Indians at Falcon.

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  20. Ughh September 3rd, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Sounds like some disgruntled former Falcon employees STILL have nothing to do with their time besides sit at a computer with a glazed look in their eyes. You’re all pathetic losers so go mind your own business – thank god none of you are actual consumers. Ha.

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  21. James September 3rd, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Wow, what a bunch of jealous queens. The negative comments on here sound like they are coming from frustrated wanna-be’s, has-beens and never-will-be’s. Pretty transparent as to who you all are.

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  22. Sammi September 3rd, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Falcon is dammed if they do – damned if they don’t. There are too many disgruntled ex-employees for this studio to ever get a fair shake in this type of forum. We suggest that you all focus on getting jobs and move on with your little lives.

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  23. PottedPlant September 4th, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Is it true that a nasty email from a tantrum throwing whiny director to a verbally abusive director is about to surface? Throwing peers (that you’ve never even worked with) under a bus is NEVER a good idea – especially when you write it all in an email. What an extreme douche-bag. Karma is why you wallow in c-list oblivion. Now we ALL know who the poster is on here hiding behind several different names. Ha.

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  24. TrishTheFish September 4th, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Steve Cruz is a dynamite performer, has an amazing personality and is SMART. He’ll wipe the floor with all those who have fallen into this biz because there was nothing else for them to do.

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  25. Tweety September 4th, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Hey T.J. – do us all a favor and don’t just gag – choke to death.

    “The hype and b.s. in the press release makes me want to gag.”

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  26. Drew September 8th, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Wow wont his films be good!!!!….. NOT lol the guys a stuck up asshole!!! or at least thats the impression i get from him and some of his collegues on myspace!! so i can imagine his films will be all Hype and not much else!!!!

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  27. alan September 9th, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    cant wait to see Steve’s directing work. if its like his porn (hot and nasty) its going to be GREAT!!!

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  28. Chris M September 9th, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Per the comment by Drew of Sept. 8: “the guys (sic) a stuck up asshole!” Don’t know or care why the obvious hostility, but I can attest that Mr. Cruz is nothing near it. I have had the privilege of communicating by e-mail privately, and every communication has been responded to, one of them about lessons in humility and discipline. I find him to be a person of both substance and intelligence, and I’m pretty certain he’s classy enough not to stoop to the gutter of name-calling. There has to be a reason why Steve Cruz has become a headliner as a model; I have no doubt he’ll do likewise as a director. His achievements in both roles will do his talking for him.

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  29. James September 9th, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Steve Cruz knows good sex. Have you seen that hot mother fucker in action. I have no doubt that his video and his direction will be boner-inducing. GO STEVE!

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  30. Chad September 9th, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Steve is great. He has answered my personal emails, been great to talk to in person and has a very open blog. Steve is and will continue to be a hot mother fcker with a heart as big as his libido.

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  31. Gordon September 9th, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Steve has always answered all emails and has even sent me pics!
    He is one of the most authentic guys in the biz and I know he will always remain so!

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  32. Drew September 9th, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Soory guys but thems just my oppinions about him!! and no matter how many “he’s Great” you state is gonna change that!! i was a major fan… once but sadly i didnt get the responce from him that you obviously did and there’s only so much rejection a guy can take!!! lol and as for his films i still reckon there wont be any real stand out quality to them they’ll just be your regular run of the mill like a lot of whats being put out there at the moment…. Sorry but thats just my oppinion and i am allowed one you know :)

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  33. frankie September 9th, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Steve is always so friendly to his fans when he makes personal appearances. He always takes the time to say thanks to his fans and realizes how important to get feedback from the readers of his blog. He also takes time to give back to our community! I know he will be successful as a director because he knows what his fans want!

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  34. Wes September 9th, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    I’ve never actually met Steve, but I have exchanged e-mails. I think he’s a pretty cool guy to me.

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  35. PJ September 9th, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Nothing but courteous and humble off-screen. Looks like one of the hardest working men in porn, especially with some of the lame, screw-for-pay performers out there. Takes time out to answer personal emails with appreciation. A rare piece of ‘good people’ in an industry that one can only assume as a few bad apples. Bravo Steve!

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  36. Greg September 9th, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    I want to wish Steve all the best in his directorial debut. It’s a hard business to break into both as a model and as a director, so to not wish Steve well is rude and petty. All he wants is his shot at it. With his enthusiasm for the project, we all know he’ll give it his best. So what if he doesn’t hit a home run the first film or two? Steve will learn from any choices he makes that don’t turn out in his favor. He’s a genuine gentleman and he has a good heart. Please let him follow his dream, and encourage Steve rather than criticize him.

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  37. JamesJames September 10th, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    “Stuck up asshole”? You’ve obviously never met him.

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  38. Steve Cruz September 10th, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Drew.
    Glad I read these comments…
    You mentioned MySpace. Did you try to contact me there? I have to admit I don’t read my MySpace mail because too often its been spam. Best way to reach me is direct through my website, not MySpace. I try to answer everyone, but I admit its not always easy to keep up. I only shut out guys that are rude or disrespectful to normal boundaries. If you’re a nice guy, especially a fan, I don’t see why I wouldn’t respond, unless it was on MySpace as I mentioned before- I just accept friends there, I stopped reading messages there due to the SPAM. If you felt I snubbed you, try me again this time direct in a personal email. Otherwise thanks for once being a fan, whatever happened sorry it ended in disappointment for you.

    Ok I need to disappear into mediocrity now. LATER! LOL! :-D

    X Steve Cruz

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  39. Ron September 10th, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    Hey Steve……..I met you last year in Ft. Lauderdale and you’re even more gorgeous in person than on the screen….YOU are my favorite and soooooo nice and humble………..please take good care and hope to see you in person again someday……

    Ron….in FT Lauderdale

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  40. Glen September 10th, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Lots of the complaints seem to be “no experience”. So f’ing what? Spielberg once had no experience,George Lucas, Hitchcock, etc. At least you are trying somethng different. I wonder how many of the guys who have commented about your lack of experience ever tried to do something new to enrich their lives. Or are they stuck in the same old rat race all of their life.
    Those guys are going to have a hell of a time voting in November (if they do vote) since each of the parties has a person with “no experience”.

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  41. Joe Kerekes September 10th, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Steve is one narcisstic asswipe. He is so stuck up! He will suck as a director.

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  42. Edwin Williams September 11th, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Steve Cruz is the best and the hottest performer I’ve ever seen on film (Lords of the Jungle, Hotter Than Hell 1 & 2 are 3 of my favorite movies from Raging Stallion, as well as Link-The Evolution from All Worlds Video. The Director’s Cut of Link-The Evolution is DA BOMB!!!). I’m a huge fan of him and he’s the jack-of-all-trades – director, screenwriter, website design (his website is DA BOMB!!! SLAMMIN’!!! OFF DA HOOK!!!), graphics design, and a whiz at playing the bass guitar! I will never get to meet him in person, but I’m hoping I will someday, and to learn from him because he’s my idol, and I’ve always dreamed of working with him behind the scenes and in graphics design (I’m a Legal Assistant who supports 5 attorneys in all areas of law, but 40% of my time consists of updating the law firm’s website on a bi-monthly basis). From reading the comments and interviews, he’s very nice, friendly, easy to get along with, and very sociable. And to Joe Kerekes who stated, “Steve is one narcisstic asswipe. He is so stuck up! He will suck as a director.” How in the world can you say such derogatory things about him like that? You don’t even know him. I don’t know him either and I’m a good judge of character, but you can’t say nasty things like that if you’ve never met him. Steve, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that I will always be one of your biggest fans, and I will miss you being in front of the camera, but I also look forward to seeing you in your directorial venture (I’m priority over everyone else, so I should be on the top of your priority list and you can send me copies of your movies before everyone else lol. Just kidding lol). Don’t let those negative comments get to you because they don’t know you at all. Take excellent care, don’t work too hard and God bless you :) YOU ROCK BRO!!!

    From One of your #1 Fans, Edwin Williams – Chicago, IL

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  43. Glen September 12th, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    HEY DREW…..Since you obviously do not like Steve, why do you keep checking this blog? Delete it from your files instead of keep coming to it. Your opinions are not going to change, so why put us through your thoughts and ideas? You don’t care what we think, and we do not care what you think. More like him than don’t on this site. It’s not going to change. See ya.

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  44. Steve Austin September 13th, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Steve has always been sweet and one of the hottest men on the planet. Will miss his performances, hopefully he will come back.

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  45. stacy beasley September 13th, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    i am behind you steve (no pun Intended)…..i know that you will be just as awesome behind the camera as you are in front of it……just dont stay away too long, the fans need our fix……

    and for all the haters….if any of you had ever actually met or spoken with steve yOu would know that your comments are about as truthful as “George W’s” last 8 years…….jealousy is an ugly thing…..

    STEVE, YOU ROCK!!!!

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  46. Randy May 27th, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Steve Cruz totally rocks, and anybody who doesn’t see that, u eat my jock or i’ll stuff it down ur throat. I’m trying hard to b polite here… but damn, don’t “cross” the “Cruz.” !!! the dude is an atomic bomb of sexuality.

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