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Eva Angelina and Marco Banderas take a bite outta porn

Gram Ponante
As actors and vessels for our art, we are taught to act with the part of the body that has the most to gain. In the case of Eva Angelina and Marco Banderas, who recently shot a scene for his upcoming website, the motivation was all in the teeth.

As you know, I don't like most kinds of fish, unless they are battered beyond recognition. Once my girlfriend's mother served me salmon and I ate the whole thing, because I was of the impression it was important to them.

Because I am America's Beloved Porn Journalist, it was with the same kind of reluctant resolve that I asked Marco Banderas the following question:

"How many times have you come in one day for a movie?"

"Six times," he said, "in one day, for one movie."

"Jesus Christ," I said.

Just the work that would have been required to put together six different partners, what with all the weeping, imprecations, and offers of rides home, would have exhausted me after four.

Banderas and Angelina were at Assassin Studios in Chatsworth for this shoot, the first of two Banderas would film that day (the second scene was with Lela Star). He is building content for his website launch, and Angelina was first on the agenda.

This is exactly how my mother would sit on the couch and hold a cigarette. Seeing Eva Angelina do it, I heroically suppressed a brain aneurysm and continued with my work, emotionally scarred.

Banderas' Newcastle-born wife, Lisa DeMarco, was shooting behind the scenes footage. At first I didn't know she was an adult performer; I just thought I was coveting my neighbor's wife, but she said she had recently returned to performing after more than a year away.

"I told Derek (Hay, owner of agency L.A. Direct Models) that I wouldn't do anal for him, so I have him interracial instead," she said.

This is similar to when I substitute a garbanzo bean and butter mixture for pate de fois gras in my nationally syndicated cooking show, "Dining with America's Beloved Porn Journalist", I noted.

Newcastle is also the birthplace of Taylor Wane. I imagined the two future pornstresses learning about love in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall.

I watched still photographer Gordon "Nippy" Liu work. It was as if, to get the perfect shot, he needed to become one with Banderas.

Assassin's studio (co-owner: Tommy Gunn) is in a long row of low, small warehouses that are primarily used for light manufacturing. Prime Time Uncensored is a few doors down, as is a place that lubes drill bits. What I'm saying is that pornographers are just like you and me.

Imagine, then, a building that with a different owner might be used to rebuild motorcycle engines and you have a good idea where today's porn is being made. There was a little makeup area, an office, a makeshift shower, a bathroom, a reception area, and the studio where Banderas and Angelina filmed their scene, which was also accessible by a huge garage door.

Instead of the garage door, we saw a framed Robert Doisneau print ("that guy isn't me, but we have the same haircut," said Banderas), a couch, and a potted plant.

When Banderas shoots enough scenes, he will launch his site, MarcoBanderasxxx.com. The tentative launch date is in September. But right now he cannot get the immediate positive reinforcement we artists crave, and must labor without the glory.

Previously: Lettuce from our readers re: AVN 2007; Pharaoh Porn; Jesse Jane: Image

See also: Assassin Pictures

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