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The Lion of Chelsea

Michael Lucas stalks up Eighth Avenue like a jungle cat on a fashion runway. A lot of hip motion is involved. Enormous Prada sunglasses shield his eyes. Three buttons of his fitted lime-green shirt are undone, revealing a Star of David necklace resting in a patch of chest hair. His gait and all-around grooviness recall Travolta in the opening scene of . “Porn is show business,” Lucas says in his strong Russian accent. “You’re in show business whether you are an actor or an anchor doing news or fucking.” Then he crosses the street to seek refuge in the shade—though thoroughly bronzed, he has a vampiric aversion to the sun to match his Count Chocula voice. “And whatever you do, if it involves cameras, you cannot allow yourself to fry. There are great self-tanners.

“This place is the most difficult,” he adds, pointing to an orange patch on his forearm.

New York may be in the middle of a Hollywood moment, but when it comes to the X-rated-movie business, the city will never rival the Valley. We have few porn kings living among us, much to the chagrin of just about no one. In fact, now that Bob Guccione has been stripped of his townhouse, we may have only one bona fide member of porn royalty, self-styled emperor though he is: Michael Lucas, age 34, the president of New York’s largest gay-adult-film company, Lucas Entertainment, and its biggest star, and a man perfectly incapable of keeping his inner monologue to himself.

Lucas has been rather busy of late. There was some pesky legal business to attend to, and he just wrapped his newest film, , a glossy gay remake of Fellini’s classic that includes a “non-sex” cameo by triple-X starlet Savanna Samson. For a porn production, it’s had an unusually public profile. Photographs of Lucas and Samson cavorting in the City Hall fountain (all proper permits were obtained) made it online, raising the ire of government officials, who with the most cursory of Google searches could have avoided this problem. Lucas also shot in the Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker, with the full knowledge and approval of the designer—the staff brought the crew cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery.

a film Lucas has repeatedly touted as the most expensive gay-porn movie ever made, with a budget of $250,000. “The clothes had Century 21 tags you had to tuck in because they were returning them,” scoffs 27-year-old porn star Owen Hawk. “A great analogy for Michael is Ann Coulter. He’s a person who doesn’t really have anything to contribute artistically, so they compensate with outlandish claims.” Of course, Hawk, who has appeared in three of Lucas’s movies, is probably not the most impartial judge of his talent as a director. Hawk and his boyfriend, Matthias von Fistenberg (a nom-de-porn homage to Diane Von Furstenberg), are co-owners of a fledgling production company called Dark Alley Media, whose pornographic output tends to be much darker than Lucas Entertainment’s. One of their movies shows Von Fistenberg, a former classical-music producer, sitting down to play at a grand piano before having a jockstrap thrown at his face. They recently sued Lucas for $750,000 for slander, libel, interference with trade, and a host of other legal complaints. Among Dark Alley’s contentions was that Lucas was trying to have their videos removed from local sex shops. “I have a right to do that,” Lucas said at the time. “I can tell anyone, ‘You want my product? Don’t go to them.’ ” In August, the suit was settled out of court (both parties have agreed not to discuss the settlement). Shortly thereafter, Lucas signed on as a major sponsor of September’s Gay Erotic Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest annual industry convention, and Dark Alley’s registration fee for a booth was mysteriously returned.

It is obvious, upon stepping out of the elevator into the hall of Lucas’s Chelsea building, which apartment is his. All the doors have traditional peepholes and push bells, save for the one that has a large lion’s head with a ring in its mouth.

Lucas lives in the multilevel apartment with his boyfriend of five years, Richard Winger, a 50-year-old Austrian international investor; their enormous Great Pyrénées dog, Bianca; and a long-haired Peruvian guinea pig, a local delicacy that Lucas smuggled back from a recent vacation in his carry-on. He gives a tour while nibbling on fresh dates from a silver chalice. In the kitchen, he motions to a Richard Avedon photograph of a nude Nureyev, his penis almost touching his knee. “A lot of people think I look like him.”

Lucas tells me of problems with their neighbor, the actor Frank Whaley, saying that Whaley preferred to take the stairs rather than ride the elevator with him. Lucas confronted Whaley’s wife about this. “I said, ‘Your husband is a homophobe,’ and she said, ‘Don’t you dare call him a homophobe, you who are doing your ’ And I said, ‘At least I can afford not to do my laundry and you and your husband are running around with buckets of clothes soaked in piss from your babies.’ ”

“That is off the record!” interjects Winger, who is reading the newspaper.

“No, it’s not!” Lucas retorts dramatically, hands on his waist. Winger grumbles and goes back to his paper. (The Whaleys were surprised to hear that Lucas had brought up a years-old incident. “I think he had confused claustrophobia for homophobia,” says Heather Whaley. “We kind of boast that he lives next door,” adds Frank.)

Lucas and Winger first met at Winger’s Christmas party. Whereas Lucas is the embodiment of untrammeled id and hammy bravado, Winger is the inverse, calm and methodical. “Imagine if we were both the same?” Winger asks. “We would either be bored or just explode.”

Downstairs, Lucas has three walk-in closets, separated by season, that he keeps padlocked; Winger has one conventional closet. Lucas sometimes uses their bedroom to film sex scenes, but he insists that his taped infidelities don’t factor into his relationship with Winger. “It really doesn’t bother me,” Winger says. “Sometimes I think it’s kind of cool.” Winger is the former president of the Lesbian & Gay Center and the much-rumored source of funding for Lucas’s venture. (“Any smart hooker knows it’s better to have one good client,” Hawk says, “than to fuck everyone.”) Lucas has denied any influx of cash. “I think I am making more money than he does now.”

“I did invest some money in the company,” Winger tells me a few weeks later, “which I think was a very good investment—but I don’t see myself in any way as integral to his success.”

Lucas was born Andrei Treivas Bregman in Moscow in 1972. His father was an engineer and his mother a teacher of Russian literature. Like many Soviet Jews, Lucas is not very religious, but he is quite proud of his heritage. This summer he even made a Bob Hope–like jaunt to Israel to add some sunshine to soldiers’ lives: At a discotheque, he had sex on a platform and enlisted servicemen got in for free.

Lucas has brought both his parents and grandparents to the U.S., and his father now works for him part-time. “He’s very proud and won’t just take money,” says Lucas. “He’s walking the dog, brushing her, squeezing the juice, taking the dry cleaning, and arranging my closets.” They know about his profession and, he says, have no qualms with it. “When you talk to porn stars, it’s always, ‘My mother’s an alcoholic, I never met my father, I was on drugs laying in the street and I decided to do porn.’ The story is always the same—the ugly duck who became a beautiful swan—and that story is incredibly boring. I succeeded because I have a different story.”

But other than his kin, Lucas was alone in Russia, a country with little tolerance for Judaism or homosexuality. “I did not have friends,” he admits. “The teachers couldn’t stand me. But I felt I was special.” After getting a degree from Moscow State Law Academy, he moved to Berlin, where he worked as a prostitute before appearing in French porn films. “I did something very logical. I had this ability to say, ‘What is my real chance to become a mainstream celebrity?’ I am an immigrant, I have an accent, I am not the most beautiful thing which crossed the world.” In 1997, he went to New York and continued hustling and appearing in porn movies before starting Lucas Entertainment. “That’s how I got to be worshipped and loved.”

“Look at that horrible haircut!” Lucas greets me a few days later. “Darling, no one else will tell you these things. I will be very happy to send you to my hairdresser. He’s a genius.” Lucas is sitting behind his glass desk in his spacious midtown office. There is a wall of windows, but the blinds are all closed. “I don’t want the light to come in here. The poisonous light.” He’s facing an audience of himself, what he calls his “show-off wall”—row upon row of framed publications () he has graced. It’s like a stroke-mag version of a Warhol multiple portrait.

In recent months, three documentaries have hit the festival circuit that are either about Lucas or the making of his movies. All are self-produced. Whenever he does anything of the slightest interest (this week, it was going to a fashion showroom), Lucas hires a cameraman to document the outing. So, naturally, a crew was with him at the Gay VN Awards in March when he accepted the trophy for Best Film for which substitutes Chelsea for eighteenth-century France (not as difficult a switch as you might think). Lucas gave the following speech: “Thank you for those who voted for me and fuck you to those who didn’t. I’d like to thank my chauffeur, my pilot … ” Many in the industry-only crowd hissed. Some chucked ice. “You don’t want to make a boring documentary,” explains Lucas, “so I got them reacting. It was like a bunch of dogs barking. They were throwing ice from their empty booze glasses—that’s a reaction from alcoholics.”

Lucas’s relationship with his own talent is often just as tempestuous as his feuds with the competition can be. This summer, one of his best-known models, Bruce Beckham, left his stable on bad terms. “All porn actors are incredibly insecure,” says Lucas, who practically requires his stars to come in for a monthly weigh-in as if they worked at a fifties airline. “This is the No. 1 thing that unites them. They are desperate for attention. They have no patience. They are big-time liars, and just not together.” I remind him that he himself is a porn star. He insists that these traits don’t apply to him.

A few weeks later, a very different Lucas is sitting behind his desk. He is in a T-shirt and jeans and has been waking up at 4:30 in the morning and working until 11 p.m. for ten days straight. He’s tired, and his energy level and word output are those of a normal human. Earlier, Lucas had told me that he has no plans to stop acting in his own movies yet. But does he still enjoy it? Did he ever? “It doesn’t fulfill me to be in front of the camera. This is just what I do, and I always do it well.” The office staff has mostly gone home (including his father, who’d been helping build a set), and one of the final sex scenes of you gagging.” The straight sound guy in his twenties who’s holding the boom mike stares at the ceiling as the scene unfolds. The take is interrupted when a (real) pizza deliveryman rings the bell. Dinner.

Later, Lucas is looking over the rough edit of the footage, including a fight scene shot outside the Hotel Gansevoort, whose staff wasn’t nearly as accommodating as Marc Jacobs’s and tried to eject the crew. He stares at an image of himself onscreen and says, “I think it’s better than the original.”

NYC: Sodom and Gomorrah or … Boston?Obscene postcards can be purchased at nickel-and-dime stores all over town.

Burlesque founding father Abe Minsky kicks off his adult-entertainment business with a downtown theater showing lewd films.

Times Square becomes porn central during the Depression, with “grinder houses” showing blue films.

A stripper at Minsky’s New Gotham Theater in Harlem is spotted working sans G-string. City revokes Abe’s license.

Martin J. Hodas, “King of the Peeps,” puts porn movies in nickelodeon machines in Times Square.

John Lindsay sets up a task force to crack down on sex shops and peep shows.

opens to impressive grosses. The same year the first Times Square peep show promising LIVE NUDE GIRLS debuts.

Show World Center, a bright, unintimidating Wal-Mart of porn, opens in Times Square.

Women Against Pornography moves into its Times Square office. The group conducts tours of local peep shows.

—The last 42nd Street porn shop between Seventh and Eighth Avenue closes.

The state’s highest court rules that stores selling pornography should be given a chance to prove they’ve cleaned up their act enough to remain in business. X-rated shops (with lots of legit DVDs in their front windows) make a pronounced comeback. Some even open up near Times Square.

The Lion of Chelsea

Josh Lucas Wife, Son, Gay, Age, Height, Net Worth, Bio

The fact that there is no single path to success cannot be denied. For most people, college is crucial, but for some celebrities, it can sometimes seem redundant. Josh Lucas belongs to the class of celebrities who have decided to skip college to pursue a full-fledged career in Hollywood. Lucas’ path to fame is quite interesting as he found fame and fortune in the most competitive center in the world.

Josh began benefiting from the film industry at the age of nineteen when he appeared as a guest star in various television sitcoms, films, and television series. His earliest projects include Alive, Father Hood, Thinner, True Colour, Life Goes On, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and many others. Between 2017 and 2018, Josh Lucas played the fictional character Tom in the theater production of The Parisian Woman.

Throughout his flourishing acting career, the actor has appeared in over fifty-three films, fifteen television series, one theater performance, and a video game he sang in 1994.

Josh Lucas Wife, Son, Gay, Age, Height, Net Worth, Bio

10 great Australian gay films

With a special 25th anniversary screening of The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, we pay tribute to some of the best Australian gay films.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

While same-sex marriage was only made legal in Australia in 2017, the country has a fairly strong record on LGBT rights, and Sydney is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

Australian cinema has had a rather strange relationship with male homosexuality. Before the 1970s, the sexuality of probable gay characters was not made explicit, for example the effeminate sales assistant in Dad and Dave Come to Town (1938). The Set (1970) is the first Australian film with homosexuality as a central theme, while gay men appeared in sexploitation favourites such as Australia after Dark (1975) and The ABCs of Love and Sex: Australia Style (1978), in which H was for homosexuality.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) featured a gay villain (the leather-clad Wez, enraged by the slaying of his lover), while more sympathetic homosexual characters appeared in prison drama Stir (1980) and family melodrama Mull (1988). The 1990s were a golden era for gay Ozzie films, while the new millennium has seen a glut of low-budget gay surfer dramas, including the easy-on-the-eye Newcastle (2008), the nihilistic Drown (2015) and the downright bizarre Tan Lines (2006).

We haven’t included lesbian films here, although Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), The Getting of Wisdom (1978), Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) and the films of Fiona Cunningham-Reid and Samantha Lang52 Tuesdays (2013) is a very moving tale of a transitioning man and his relationship with his daughter.

 10 great Australian gay films

Gay teen describes experience in so-called gay conversion camp

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Is He Gay?

As an actor, it is quite natural to see Lucas in different movies/TV series in different roles. Over the years, many people have sought answers to questions about Lucas’ sexuality. It is believed that the public showed interest in the actor’s sexuality after he was cast in the controversial film Corpus Christi, in which he played the role of Judas Iscariot (one of Jesus’ disciples), who was a gay predator in the film. Apart from this connection, Lucas was never in the news because he admired or dated people of his own sex. He was also married and even had a child with a woman. He may be flying solo right now, but one thing is for sure, Josh Lucas is not gay.

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10 Facts About Lucas Cruikshank

1. Lucas Cruikshank is a popular American YouTuber, content creator, comedian. He is also an actor known for Fred: The Show (2012), Marvin Marvin (2012-13), and Fred: The Movie (2010).

2. Lucas rose to fame as the creator of the YouTube character named Fred Higglehorn and as the creator of the YouTube series, Fred Series.

3. The American comedian cum actor was born on August 29, 1993, in Columbus. He is currently 26 years old.

4. Originally from Columbus, Nebraska, Lucas Cruikshank is an American national. His ethnicity is white. Lucas’ full name is Lucas Alan Cruikshank.

5. The YouTuber has a compelling physique. He stands 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs 64 kg. His hair color is brown and has black eyes.

6. Lucas was born to parents, father Dave Cruikshank and mother Molly Jeanne.

7. He has two siblings, a brother named Jacob Cruikshank and a sister named Stephanie Lierman.

8. Lucas is gay. He is currently in a relationship with his male partner, Mathew Fawcus. Fawcus is an Instagram star. 

9. Lucas is one of the highest-earning YouTubers. As of 2020, his net worth is $6 million. He made most of his fortune through the Fred series.

10. You can find Lucas on Twitter and Instagram. His Instagram page has 491k followers and his Twitter page has 366.6k followers.

The Naked Bunyip (1970)

Homosexuality was catnip to many of the filmmakers behind the wave of sexploitation documentaries that flourished in Australia in the 1970s, which often served as an excuse to show titillating shots of lesbians getting down to business in the bedroom. Gay men, if they appeared, were usually shown as unsympathetic, bitchy queens. Not so in The Naked Bunyip, the grandfather of Australian sexploitation, in which a lengthy segment is devoted to a gay male dock worker, who talks candidly about his life. The film draws parallels between the close masculine relationships that form under the Australian phenomenon of ‘mateship’ and homosexuality, while talking heads discuss the importance of decriminalising gay sex, which at the time of the documentary was a criminal offence in Australia.

The film itself is a strange mix of high comedy (Edna Everage makes an early appearance), slapstick, sensitive studies of social issues and grim references to back-street abortions and gang rape. To dodge the censors, a cartoon of the titular ‘naked bunyip’ would appear over the sexiest scenes, re-enacting what the viewer was not permitted to see.

Wake in Fright (1971)

In this modern classic, a potent and disturbing story of an effete teacher (Gary Bond) who, stranded in the outback when he gambles away his money, falls in with a menacing group of locals and Doc, an eccentric alcoholic outsider played by Donald Pleasence. As the film descends into nightmare territory, with horrific scenes of real kangaroo slaughter, Australia has never looked so unsettling; singer Nick Cave said Wake in Fright is the “best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence”.

Although seldom categorised as a gay film, viewers won’t need to dive deep for the queer subtext in this violent, male-dominated world. Bond himself was gay, an early bar scene looks like a scene from William Friedkin’s S&M thriller Cruising (1980), while it is clear that some sort of sexual act, probably a rape, takes place between the teacher and Doc after a violent struggle, sending the protagonist into another spiral of despair. It’s a hugely impressive film, and stands as one of the great Australian movies.

The Clinic (1982)

In this fun and bawdy combo of saucy comedy and sex education aid, we dip into a day in the life of a VD clinic, where a laid-back doctor (Chris Haywood) and a prudish medical student (Simon Burke) tend to patients of all walks of life, from frank sex workers to ashamed housewives, from promiscuous gay men to cheating husbands. Appalled when a moustachioed man in the waiting room flirts with him, the student’s homophobia becomes manifest in the dramatic scene when he realises the doctor, too, is gay, snarling: “Those men come in here and they drop their pants for you. Now that is simpler than hanging around a public lavatory, isn’t it?”

The moments of drama between the knob jokes and sight gags make The Clinic, a film seldom appraised outside of Oz, an unpredictable and very enjoyable viewing experience. It’s boosted hugely by a very likeable performance from Haywood as the gay doctor, who eventually manages to forge a bond of friendship with the conservative youngster.

The Everlasting Secret Family (1988)

Some films are just so jaw-dropping and provocative that they stumble accidentally into the category of ‘great’, even if they are difficult to like. The Everlasting Secret Family is one such film, an often homophobic tale of a young man who becomes determined to climb the social ladder and live the high life when he becomes the object of desire of a closeted homosexual politician. Plucked from school to service the senator’s sexual desires, he is soon pimped out to visiting dignitaries. As the boy (only one character in the film is given a name) grows older, he loses the currency of his youth and risks being expelled from the wealthy life to which he is has become accustomed. But he has a cunning plan that the senator does not see coming…

It’s an easy film to mock, and its kinky scenes of bondage and a (thankfully off-screen) painful-sounding sex act with a large crab teeter into camp, and suggest the filmmaker’s opinion of gay men may not be very high. But it’s wickedly entertaining, Arthur Dignam is excellent as the politician, and it’s a unique film that could not have been made at any other time, with sex scenes too graphic for before the 1980s and an anti-gay streak too unpalatable for the 1990s. Approach with caution.

The Sum of Us (1994)

While Priscilla revelled in its camp and frills, a sweet and subtle love story unfolded elsewhere on the Australian film scene, starring a young actor who was soon to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars – Russell CroweThe Sum of Us is based on David Stevens’ play about a blokey gay guy who lives at home with his loving widowed father. His dad is anxious that his son find Mr Right, and is far too over-friendly and familiar to his son’s potential new boyfriend in one of the film’s funniest scenes.

Both men are looking for love but, after an unexpected incident in the film’s last half-hour, we see the most important love story is that between the father and son, as themes of freedom and self-sacrifice are explored. Crowe gives an utterly charming performance as the insecure son, and Jack Thompson is a hoot as the kindly father.

Dead Europe (2012)

Another Christos Tsiolkas story, and a very dark and sinister one. For much of its length, the film feels very post-gay; Isaac (Ewen Leslie), our antihero, a moody Greek Australian who unearths some unpalatable family secrets when he returns to Greece following the unexpected death of his father, is certainly not defined by his homosexuality. What starts as a family drama rapidly slides into horror terrain, and the appearance of a strange, wan boy (Kodi Smit McPhee) triggers a descent to the dark side. He is dragged into a nightmarish gay underworld, leading to a shocking ending that arrives like a punch to the gut.

Director Tony Krawitz conveys an oppressive, almost Lynchian mood of approaching menace, and the cities of Athens, Paris and Budapest have rarely seemed as unnerving. Every character makes their time count, from Isaac’s sleazy brother to a young female immigrant whose sudden antisemitic outburst is one of the film’s most shocking scenes.

Monster Pies (2013)

This lovable gay teen drama transcends its low budget and a couple of wonky supporting performances to emerge as a highly winning tale of first love. The plot itself is a gay staple: Mike (Tristan Barr) develops a crush on William (Lucas Linehan), the new boy at school, and the two are assigned to work on a project together, a video reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Romance blossoms but is threatened by Mike’s homophobic mother and William’s violent alcoholic father.

Barr gives a performance of great charm as the goofy, gawky teenager clumsily finding first love. While the final 20 minutes veer into melodrama, overall this is the best of the recent spate of Australian gay teen dramas, and the nearest thing to an Antipodean Beautiful Thing.

Gayby Baby (2015)

Over three years in the making, Maya Newell’s sensitive and often very funny documentary follows four gay couples with children, and the everyday challenges they face, some of which have nothing to do with their sexuality. One of the film’s greatest achievements is showing the resilience of the kids, all of whom come across as happy and engaging, especially the sharp and observant Gus, a natural in front of the camera. As Newell, herself the daughter of same-sex parents, states: “These kids get it. We just need the rest of the world to catch on”.

The film’s strongest moments involve the scenes of tension between the children and the beliefs of the parents. Matt’s birth mother is the member of a homophobic church, and he questions her beliefs at every opportunity, while Graham, an adopted 11-year-old who can’t read, faces new challenges when his dads move to Fiji with him and encourage him to keep their sexuality a secret owing to its conservative society.