Your movie The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol - in a few words, what is it about?
It's about a man who wants nothing more in life then to be famous. But
he looses everything and sadly realizes what he did have only after it's
weird as this may sound given the outrageousness of The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol's plot: How much of the film was
based on your own personal experiences?
True story. I
actually fell a sleep with a penis pump on. I woke up with a blood clot on
the head of my penis. So I popped it with a sewing needle. Had a shot of
JD and went back to bed. And hoped for the best in the morning.
Other sources of
inspiration when writing The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol?
When I started
writing the screen play I came across Tokyo Gore Police on Netflix. After
that movie I swore to myself that if I wasn't going to do something as
crazy as that movie I won't do anything at all. I loved that movie, huge
inspiration for me.
You just have to
talk about your co-writer, co-producer, co-star and wife Karen Sartorio
(formerly Gia Paloma) for a bit, and what was your collaboration like? And
how did you two first meet anyways?
She's my wife, I'm a
lucky man. We first met in Vegas at a party. Funny thing is we never
approached each other. We just looked at each other from across the room
and smiled. A year later we met again and she just happened to be friends
with my boss.
A lot of the writing went like this, Aramis: "So I'm
then going to turn a chair over and let it go up my ass because I'm
nervous." - Karen: "Yuck why, that's really gay." - I couldn't
agree more. It's a keeper.
How did the movie
come into being in the first place - and concerning the episodic structure
of your film, were its seperate segments all initially intended for The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol or did some of them start life as
Attack of the Staph Spider
I made a short called Attack of the
Staph Spider. It played at the 2009 Backseat Film Festival and won
Disgusting Movie Award. Karen said why stop with a short, keep it going.
The movie took three years to shoot. It was done in segments. I didn't
really have a choice. But having that time to go back and fourth really
made me realize the message I wanted make.
How would you describe your
directorial approach to your film?
I knew my limitation's
and made the best of everything I did and appreciated that I was actually
making a movie. I was really fucking happy! I had amazing talent and crew
that followed me every step of the way.
Tom Devlin prepares Mia Tyler
I think to describe The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol's humour as over-the-top would be a
bit of an understatement.So how would you describe your film's brand of
Vomit inducing humor.
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol doesn't exactly shy away from
excessive violence and gore. What can you tell us about your movie's
special effects, and was there ever a line you refused to cross?
Devlin of 1313FX gave me the gore I wanted and made it all work better
than I could have imagined with the budget I could afford. There was only
one scene I didn't get to do what I wanted, only because the actress
needed to leave and gave me an hour window to wrap everything up with her.
The scene still worked beautifully. I really got to do everything I wanted
except that one gag. I'll just have to use it in another movie.
few words about Aramis Sartorio, the actor?
He has no
shame, tons of emotion and will be the first to make an ass of himself if
it makes you smile.
What can you
tell us about the rest of your cast and crew, and about the on-set
atmosphere when filming The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol?
rocked. Nobody ever complained. It was jokes all day and night long as we
got work done. A lot of reviews mention how much fun it must have been on
set. They're right, it was.
What can you
tell us about audience and critical reception of The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol so far?
They love it
and respect it. Even the sites that trash-talk about how it offended them
still say you'll never see anything like it. To me that's a compliment.
Caleb Emerson, Aramis Sartorio
written about The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol it "might not be a perfect
movie ... but exactly because of that, it's the perfect party movie! It
probably should be sold with beer attached to it." A comment you can
at all live with?
Your comment confirmed our idea to add a
drinking game in the movie. Thanks!
You have recently also starred in Frankie
in Blunderland by The
Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol-co star Caleb Emerson, which shares
quite a bit of cast and crew with your movie[Caleb
Emerson interview - click here]. So what can you tell us
about that one?
Caleb Emerson edited my movie and I owe him
the world. Amazing man and friend. When he was going to start Frankie
in Blunderland, he
asked me if I wanted to star in it. I said yes instantly. He shot Frankie
in Blunderland in
between shooting mine. So it worked out perfect.
Any future projects you'd like to talk
I'm writing a spin-off of the character Skanky the
movie. But it's too early for the other projects to be announced right now.
Of course, to many people Aramis Sartorio is
better known as pornstar Tommy Pistol. So how did you get into porn in the
first place, your career highlights ... and how come your film does kill
off your pornstar alter ego?
A friend introduced me to
Joanna Angel, she gave me my first break. I loved doing the Repenatrator.
This past Halloween we did a live show in Chicago. Was very happy about
All during your porn
career, you have been in a disproportionally high number of porn parodies
of horror movies. Any explanation for this, and how much fun are they to
make, actually? And is horror a genre you can at all relate to?
around the right friends who make these insane movie. Always a ton of fun.
We all love horror movies. This year we should begin finally shooting Evil
Head (Evil Dead-parody).
before you entered porn, you did standup comedy. What can you tell us
about that aspect of your career, and does it at all influence your work
as an actor and screenwriter?
I did standup only a handful of times. But I did sketch comedy for 11 years with the troop called
Cheese Theater. Just about everything I learned was from doing that. The
get up and go attitude was exactly how I learned. My cofindence grew from
doing that. If it wasn't for that period in my life I'm pretty sure I
wouldn't have the skills or be where I am today.
filmmakers, even pornstars who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
I love the Marx Brothers as comedians, Jean Claude Van
Damme as an actor, Dan
O'Bannon as a director and Rocco Siffredi.
Return of the Living
Dead, Jaws, The Shining.
... and of course, films you really
Dream a Little Dream 2! What a let down!
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
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