John Holmes, the prodigiously endowed porn star whose story was plundered for Boogie Nights, has been "immortalised" with his own documentary, as have Ron Jeremy and the late Savannah. No one in California state politics is prepared to touch an issue like this - or people like these. But down in the engine room of porn, things seem to have changed very little. I f you thought that you knew everything about the history of the American adult movie business, think again. Porn's most infamous tailspin was Holmes. Finally Holmes, widely suspected of playing two drug gangs against each other, was dragged by one gang to the other's HQ on Wonderland Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, and forced to watch as four people were beaten to death with a steel pipe.
An American obsession
As it is, I'll be buried before I get wrinkles.
Whether you believe this represents another sad stage in the coarsening of America, or a happy milestone in the continuing relaxation of its sexual puritanism, it seems porn is about to take another step towards public prominence and - dare I say it? You can bet that the rats in the upcoming remake of Willard were treated more tenderly than many adult- industry performers are. Fascination with the industry has escalated in the straight media since the release of The People Vs Larry Flynt and Boogie Nights in They belong to porn's renegade days, before the advent of the VCR, before Aids, before the legal decision that made it OK to film porn in California without fear of prosecution.