goes Below the Belt
with Porn Superstar MICHAEL BRANDON
for a revealing and in-depth interview.
On a hot and
sultry Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale, I had the pleasure
of sitting down with
in his suite at the fabulous
Cove Guest House
for a very revealing and insightful interview with this amazing
I know you have been down to South Florida quite often. What
keeps you coming back to this area?
weather is certainly OK, you know. I like the people, clubs and
all that stuff. Also the fact that Ft. Lauderdale, Miami,
Hollywood and West Palm Beach are all so close, you can get a
variety when visiting here.
Yes, that is the one thing that I love about living here. Now,
let’s go back in your adult career. I know you started in the
mid 80’s, how did you get into the business back then?
my god (laughing)… I actually answered an ad in the back of
out of Los Angeles. I was fresh out of the closet…fresh off the
buss…fresh out of being married (to a women)…the ad in the back
of the magazine said “XXX models wanted.” It turned out to be
an agent recruiting models named
Johnston. I called him, went to see him and do an interview, I then
took off my clothes and got a hard-on and he sat there shaking
his head like this (he nods approvingly) with a big cigar
hanging out of his mouth. He was very old school
and he said to me (talking in a slow southern drawn accent) “I
think I can work with you boy… (Michael laughs as he talks
in the accent) and that is how I got my start.
Very cool…that was a great story. So what was the very first
thing you did on film? Was it a solo video?
Actually the very first movie I ever did was called
We put a tent up in the woods and I fucked the shit out of a hot
Very good and it sounds very hot for a first scene. I
understand there was a period of time in the late 80s where you
decided to get out of the business and you took a number of
years off. I read that you were heavily involved in drugs and
the party scene back then, spent some time in prison because of
it and you are now clean for how many years?
MB 6 years (with a big smile)
Congratulations! After going through that period of hell, what
made you decide to make a comeback to the industry in 2000, what
was the turning point for you?
going back to Johnny, the agent that I first went with, he had
been keeping tabs on me over the years when I was in and out of
prison. When I remerged back on the scene in LA he contacted me
and he started to groom me to take over his business as a
casting agent. One thing led to the next and I started doing
movies again and I also started doing escorting. He was a
mentor to me in the beginning and he showed me the ropes and all
that stuff. He was very, ummm…well me being fresh out of the
prison system, I was eager and Johnny was going through some of
his own personal stuff and I felt he was not being as aggressive
as I wanted him to be with my career. And only because I needed
money (laughs) So I took him out of the loop and I became my
own agent, or “Monster”
(the name of his penis) became my agent and I started doing a
lot of movies and working for everybody under the sun.
I read that at one point in your early career you went to
Studios and they actually turned you away because you were so messed
up at that point in your life. After 2000, you went back to
and actually worked for them, how was that experience for you.
they told me back then that when I cleaned up to come back. So
I did! Redeeming myself by working for them was a wonderful
So now you are part of the
team and work with
and the rest of the talented people over there. How did that
all come to be?
When I took the agent out of the loop I went on
www.mannet.com and there is a
directory there for all the production companies all over the
world. I cut and pasted all the contact information and I sent
my pictures out and stated this is who I am and this is what I
contacted me and I went in for a meeting. I shot
Sex Pac 6
which was the
film because Chris was directing that line for them. That
started the relationship with Chris and me at Raging Stallion.
He then called me about three weeks later and told me he wanted
to feature me in a movie and design a movie around me, so I flew
and we had a meeting and I asked what the title of the movie was
going to be. He stated “We want to call it
(we both laugh). So I said, sign me up!
That is great!
at that time there was some financial difficulties with the
company and I offered to invest in that project. I had some
money (literally) sitting under my mattress from doing the
escorting work and I wanted to do something with that money and
I felt this was the right thing to do. So that is how
came about. It turned out the company did not actually need the
cold hard cash, rather I invested my appearance by not getting
paid up front but rather in the rear (we both laugh at that
you very much!! (he smiles) and that is how I started with the
fell in love with the company and their model philosophy because
of how they treated their models. It wasn’t about getting the
shot, but how can we get the shot with the model and how would
the model feel most comfortable doing it. They really cared
about how the models felt and made sure they were OK during the
shoot and all that stuff that is important.
That is great to hear about
Stallion. So what happened next?
After we shot
Chris and I talked again and he told me that he wanted to start
a new video line. He wanted to do a more gonzo style of
fucking, meaning more aggressive to the point of brutality.
Mainly switching out the bottoms and sticking with the same tops
in the scenes and he told me that he felt he found his top in
me. So we talked a little more and that is where I took my
mattress money out and put it into his hands and that was the
Ahh, that is awesome.
become very successful, congratulations. You know I have been
covering this industry for a while and I do not think there has
been another “Icon” in gay porn such as yourself in many years.
How did you, along with
turn on the marketing machine that is
I mean how big is your team and how much time do you spend
I have been up since 7am West Coast Time on the laptop until you
got here. So that is already about 5 hours that I have been at
it already today. Basically, Raging Stallion and I are PR
whores! There are four partners in the company and then we have
about 6-8 people that help run the day-to-day stuff. Everything
is done in-house except for the duplication of the DVD’s and the
actual printing. Our camera man is on salary; our editor is on
salary…we do everything including the design and layout of the
Well you guys are doing an amazing job and I congratulate you on
the success. It is apparent that the entire team has a stake in
the ground and your end products reflect the commitment of
everyone. I also have to give you kudos personally! I
communicate via Email with many of the studios and you are the
one person that always gets back to me within 24 hours. With
you crazy schedule, I appreciate that very much!
thanks for that! You now know I am always on the computer it
Me too! OK, so we have to talk about “Monster.”
How in the world did your cock get its own name and identity?
Well as you mentioned earlier, I used to do drugs on a very
large scale. I am now in recovery from that and in the journey
of recovery (the twelve step program), I needed to discover some
things about myself. Being a blue eyed, halfway decent looking
white boy with a big dick in the gay community; your identity
quickly becomes your cock. At least mine did and my identity
was attached to my cock. Going back a little bit,
www.male4maleescorts.com (HooBoy, god
rest his sole, I love him) a male escort review site…well the
journey of recovery teaches you to look in the mirror and tell
yourself you are a good person, like “I love Me” or “I
am not such a bad guy.” Well, I was not there yet at that
point and I am still not there yet, not that I feel I am a bad
guy…but I just do not look at myself in the mirror and say “I
love you” yet. So, reading the reviews of my clients on this
website saying things like “Michael is amazing in bed, he has
a large cock, and he is a nice guy.” One guy stated…”That
monster cock of his…” and boom it hit me like a ton of
bricks. It was time for me to take my identity back and give my
cock an identity of its own. So through and escort review, from
one of my clients, that is how “Monster” came to be.
Dildo – Life Size (read more below)
Wow, what a fascinating journey you have gone through. Did you
ever contact that client and thank him for helping to create “Monster?”
sure did! Now
gets his own Email, his own phone calls…I mean it is amazing how
he has taken off. I mean exactly (He acts like he got a phone
call and gestures to his cock)…hello it is for you…(we both
laugh loudly). I will take him and hit him on the phone and
stuff…So that is how Monster came about!
Well everyone in the industry and I am sure most of the readers
of this column know
However, many people do not know you personally and you
mentioned the “nice guy” comment from one of your reviews. I
have known you for a couple years and I can vouch that you are a
super nice guy and you offer much more than just what you have
Below the Belt.
Thank you for that Gio. You are also a great guy so it is easy
to be nice with you (he smiles)
Awww…OK this is not about me, it is all about you! (laughter)
Speaking of you, let’s talk about your website
can the fans expect if they log onto your website?
as you probably know Gio, it is the winner of the
Cybersocket “Best Porn Site” for the past 2 years. My webmaster and I
work very closely together to keep the content fresh and
exciting. What I try to do is take a photographer, either
professional or armature, and I feature a gallery of photos by
that photographer for the viewers and it is free. I get the
content for my website and the photographer gets the promotion
and networking by having his images seen. Everything on my
website is free, unless you go to the
where you go to another website featuring my films in streaming
format for a fee. My webmaster and I,
is what I call him, are in the process of re-designing the
overall look to have a high definition look to it. It does not
have a lot of bells and whistles, but it is very user friendly.
Photos by Kent Taylor courtesy of Raging
Stallion Studios &
Well as someone who has visited your site, I can tell you it is
a very high quality site and easy to navigate. Speaking about
appearance, you are all over the place these days making live
appearances. How often are you on the road?
the last month we,
my lover and I, have been traveling together a ton. He and I
were discussing that this morning actually and we figure we are
away from home about 50% out of the month.
Are there upsides and downsides to traveling and performing live
I love performing in general, I just love it! I love performing
in front of the camera and I love performing in front of
people. What I love about performing in front of the
camera…(ponders) you know I am always nervous as a whore in
church, but when that red light comes on, I go into an almost
auto pilot and I kind of consider performing live no different
than in front of the camera. For me, the thought that you the
fan reading this, is going to be jacking off while watching me
4-6 months down the road when the film is released, is what
fuels me. And when performing live, getting the vibe from the
audience drives me. I used to pull people out of the audience
and get off with them. I do not do that anymore, because I have
a lover, but I pull him up on stage with me now and it is just
as much fun for me and the crowd (hearty laugh and grin). I
really love seeing people smile and their eyes light up. Years
ago, I used to run
and I am a customer service oriented person. I just use my body
for my customer service now.
was blessed with a voice to entertain people and I was blessed
with a body and personality to do the same thing!
Well you are doing a damn good job at it that is for sure!
Bravo! Let’s take a moment and talk about your lover
how long have you been together?
MB About a year and a month.
Congrats, every time I have seen you in the last year, you two
are together and seem very happy! Since he is not a porn
performer, how have you two balanced your career and having a
was very difficult at first trying to define the boundaries and
understanding them. There had been other boys in my life
before, but nothing on the level of
With the others, there was no commitment and so there were no
issues with my work. Very quickly Marcos smashed the armored
plate around my heart and I had to learn that he was much more
than just a boy and it just wasn’t ok to fool around on him.
Meaning I could not just pull people from an audience and fuck
them in front of Marcos or at all for that matter like I used
to. So I changed my act up a little and he travels with me now,
so I pull him from the audience and it is just as much fun…if
not more fun!
So now even when I am doing a movie and it comes to doing the
cum shot, I picture his big green eyes and I shoot a big load
thinking of him. It has been an interesting balance for me and
him to figure out. I let go of the escorting out of respect and
love toward my relationship with him. I did not want to be
escorting after 40 years of age anyway. So the Universe brought
Marcos into my life and I am thankful for that. If he wasn’t in
my life, would I be escorting today? Probably, because of the
finances of it all. When I gave up escorting I had to readjust
all my finances. I mean I used to be able to pay credit card
bills and stuff all at once, now he and I budget because that
cash flow stopped. But together we do very well with our joined
income; not nearly as well as I used to, but that is ok with me
because of the love I have for him.
I am getting a sense from you that all the changes you have made
are all worth it to you though…
Absolutely! You know you mentioned earlier that I am one of the
most loved and respected people in this industry, but when I
would go home at night and walk through my door I was probably
the loneliest as well. Now I am not lonely.
That is great to hear (we both smile).
of my fans and even some of my friends are really not ok with
the fact that I am in a relationship now. For some reason they
feel I have given up too much of Michael Brandon.
I would disagree with those people, as you are clearly happy in
your life now and you have evolved as a person. You are still
an amazing performer and everyone deserves happiness in life.
As someone who has been in a committed relationship for over 12
years, I can say it is not easy and I can assure you that even
with the struggles you will face it is all worth it. After all,
love is not easy!
(Laughing) I hear you! I appreciate that Gio. I mean it was a
struggle for me as I am a sex machine and I had to learn the
boundaries. At first I did not know there were boundaries. At
the beginning I flew him from LA to be with me at a shoot and he
came in the green room and there I was getting my cock sucked,
that was not OK for him. After all I flew him to be with me and
anything off camera should be with him, I had to learn that.
Those are lessons that I had to learn and obstacles that we had
to overcome together. But he is wonderful and all worth it.
Obviously he is a great guy to stand by you through that early
phase of the relationship.
There were a couple occasions where I wanted to walk away from
him at the beginning because I felt I was not the man for him.
He just told me that I was the man for him and he stood by me as
I struggled. We just had to learn together how to get along and
make it work.
Well communication is the key! Well speaking about performing
live. You are here for the
Stallion Porn Star Contest being held at
Bar. Is this the first time that the studio has done a contest
contestants at Jackhammer Bar
at this level.
came to us and proposed to do a summer long contest and I would
come for the finale and pick the winner. We thought it was a
great idea and from what I see of the contestants that won the
preliminary rounds, it has been successful. I am very pleased
with what I have seen thus far and because of Jackhammer I am
now speaking with other venues, like bathhouses to do another
contest, like “Mr.
I was just in
last weekend and because of the University crowd, they have a
younger audience and I am able to take what Jackhammer brought
to us and do a similar contest there to get other styles of
Chris of Jackhammer with Michael Brandon
That is awesome. I agree that you have a nice group of people
to judge tonight as I have been covering the summer
MB I am
looking forward to selecting a great guy to come to
with us for the shoot.
If I were to ask your two closest friends what your best asset
would be, what would they tell me?
know…I do not know anymore. Because the two people that I would
want you to ask that question to I am not as close to anymore.
Seven or eight months ago, they would have said loyalty. But
now…they are not supportive of my relationship and feel that I
have given up too much to be in it. They are not supportive and
that is one of the sad aspects of my life. Instead of them
growing with me, they have become distant. You know change is
rough and they have seen me go through change to have this
relationship. They have seen the tug-o-war between Marcos and I
and the volatile aspects of our relationship and they do not
understand our relationship has moved past that period and is
not like it was at the beginning. So instead of them sticking
by us through our relationship, they have pushed back and I have
had to disassociate myself with them. So, I really do not have
an answer for your question.
That is tough and I totally understand how difficult it can be
with existing friends when you get into a relationship and the
dynamics of those friendships either change and grow or they
move on. What would you consider is your best attribute today?
Ummmm… I am very loyal to whatever is going on. I am gracious
and a very hard worker and I am a very nice guy.
If you could give advice to anyone wanting to get into this
business what would you tell them?
Understand that your image is the storefront and what you
project out there on both a physical and mental level is under
your control. You need to understand that this is a business
and you need to treat it as a business. It is your face, your
image and the way you act that is your storefront.
Do you recommend having an agent?
when starting out an agent is very helpful in pointing you in
the right directions. Because of the internet, it is easier for
models to self promote, like I did with ManNet.com after I left
my agent. For me, my career really took off when I took a hold
of my image on my own. That worked for me, it does not mean it
will work for everyone. So agents are good for some and others
can do well without one.
That is a very fair answer. How about some fun questions…Boxers
MB Briefs. Because I hang too low and it starts
crawling around if I do not control the
(Laughing) Dogs or Cats?
know…before Marcos that would be dogs because I am allergic to
cats. But Marcos came with a cat and through modern medicine I
am able to live with a cat and he has become a very big part of
our relationship. So now I have to say cats because I love her
and having her come up and love on me.
Thank god for Claritin! Have you ever done drag?
have, yes. My female impersonation name was
That was back in my drug days when I used to sell Crystal and
thus the name. I had long flowing hair and big tits
(laughing). I am very glad that I chose the porn star route
rather than the drag queen route, because it is a lot of work.
Not that being a porn star is not a lot of work, it is just
different. You know it does amaze me at how much fucking work
it takes to be a successful porn star and many people do not
Lights on or off?
Oooo, that is better! A romantic…
I can be. You know it is just not the sex part either. One of
the most romantic feelings I get with Marcos is when we are at
home and our laptops are side-by-side and we are working and the
monitors are touching each other. So we can look up from work
and see each other and make eye contact that is very romantic to
me. It sounds cheesy and sappy, but it really is romantic for
How funny, my partner and I share a home office and work near
each other as well and you are right, it can be romantic.
MB I love that! So you know!
Do you have one unfulfilled fantasy in your life?
now that Marcos is in my life, the realm of fantasy is so much
larger. I would love to take him on a
Caribbean cruise and show him things he has not seen before. So there
is a whole other level of possibilities to share with each
What is new and exciting coming from
Thanks for asking. I have a new film coming out that I just
finished shooting at our location up north in
It will be released sometime in the middle of October. It
is all shot outdoors in the country with camp fire
scenes and great rugged sex. We are introducing a new
and he is on the box cover, and
is in it
For a free preview of this video visit:
Wow, Joey Russo. He has not done anything in a while.
have him is several projects coming up. This is an awesome
movie and it just got out of editing and the scenes are hot.
I cannot wait to see it, sounds totally hot! Tell me about your
new dildo that I have heard a lot about.
There are 4
There is a flesh tone, an ice color one, a vibrating one and
Cool, so they are all made from the same mold? I have to ask,
what was the experience like molding the Monster?
had to get a raging hard-on and they took two table and pushed
them together with the molding material between the two like
this (he lies across the coffee table in his suite demonstrating
the position he was in, lying face down) and pushing my groin
into the mold. Based on the mixture, it depends on how long it
takes to form. I had to keep myself focused to keep my self
hard during the whole process.
Awesome, so it can be bought on your website at
MB Yes, you can get it there.
Do you have it in your personal toy chest?
as a matter of fact we do and I now know what it is like to get
fucked by me (he laughs loud).
Well I am not sure I could handle the
bet you could if you tried (big smile). There are actually
people on my website that have posted reviews of the dildo. So
you can go on the site and add to the content.
Very cool. Well Michael, as always it has been a pleasure and I
thank you for taking time to meet with me.
MB Thank you Gio, it was my pleasure.