Superstar director says he will no longer film anyone under the age of 21
Axel Braun has announced that he is now requiring any pornstars that appear in his movies to be at least twenty-one years old. In a recent interview, Braun explained that he has never felt comfortable having teenagers and twenty year olds perform sex scenes in his movies, as he thinks that most of them aren’t prepared to handle the consequences of being a pornstar. Braun says that the new policy will be put into place immediately for all films in which he is involved.
In an interview given to AVN, Axel Braun revealed why he was requiring all of the performers appearing in his porn films to be at least twenty-one years old, saying…
If the law says you are not old enough to handle alcohol responsibly, then you are probably not ready to make a career decision that will have such strong repercussions on the rest of your life. After 23 years in the business I have come to strongly believe that an 18-year-old fresh out of high school has a completely different perspective on life than he or she will have three years later, and I just want to allow them enough time to make a more informed, mature decision. This may not be a popular choice, but it is a personal one, and it is what my conscience tells me to do. I simply don’t feel comfortable anymore shooting talent under 21.
Braun went on to say that he has never felt anyone under twenty-one should be appearing in porn movies, but that he was just now in a position professionally where he’s able to put such a policy in place. For those that aren’t aware, Axel Braun is one of the most successful directors in the porn industry and has made a name for himself by directing and producing some of the biggest budget porn parodies of all time, including Star Wars XXX, The Dark Knight Rises XXX, and Superman vs Spider-Man XXX.
Expanding on his comments above, Axel Braun made it clear that while he strongly believed no one under the age of twenty-one should be appearing in porn, this is more of a personal decision as opposed to a crusade to make the rest of the adult industry follow suit…
I have always believed in the power of learning, and I am convinced that before jumping into a line of work that has such a short span with such long-term repercussions, kids should have a chance to consider pursuing a higher education.
I’m not trying to change the industry. Do I wish this was an all-around policy? Absolutely. Do I have a political agenda? Not at all. I’m just doing what I think is right. The percentage of talent who start performing at 18 and are out of the industry by the time they turn 21 is staggering. Those are the ones who are not cut out for porn, and who could very well spend the rest of their lives regretting their choice.
It’s absolutely unlikely that the porn industry as a whole will put similar age requirements in place. The biggest reason for that, obviously, is because the teenage porn niche is both extremely popular and extremely lucrative. Additionally, there is no shortage of eighteen and nineteen year olds who are willing to perform sex scenes on camera in exchange for the money and potential fame associated with doing so. So as long as there are people willing to pay for teenage porn, there will be teenagers in porn.
Which isn’t automatically a “bad thing”. While they are young, eighteen, nineteen, and twenty year olds are also legal adults who can make all sorts of life changing decisions. They can join the military, get married, and buy cigarettes. Additionally, an argument can be made that if people younger than twenty-one can purchase porn, they should also be allowed – if they so choose – to perform in porn.
That being said, I respect what Axel Braun is doing here. With the state of the porn industry these days, I think that someone willing to raise the bar on the ethics involved with making adult movies should be welcomed. Not many, if any, others will follow Axel Braun on this and that’s okay. Braun is doing what he thinks is right for the industry and right for the talent who perform in that industry, and I don’t think anyone can say that’s anything other than admirable.
What do you think?