Die-Screaming interviews pornstar Ryan Driller
If you watch even a little bit of porn, you have to be familiar with Ryan Driller. He’s a two-time AVN Male Performer of the Year nominee, performed in hundreds of hardcore movies and played Superman multiple times in Axel Braun’s XXX parodies. You’ve seen him.
I recently got to ask Mr. Driller a bunch of questions and, anyway, here’s how that went…
Ryan Driller | The Die-Screaming interview
Die-Screaming: At this point, I think you’ve played Superman on screen more times than any other actor. How awesome is it to get to be The Man of Steel and has DC Comics sent you some kind of movie offers or Certificate of Achievement or anything?
Ryan Driller: It’s so awesome to get to play, and keep playing Superman; It’s been a true honor. Axel Braun and I joke about how we need to keep pushing for more Superman films and appearances so that I can surpass Robert Downey Jr. for most times playing a superhero.
As for any sort of even recognition from DC, I haven’t gotten so much as even a nod. It’s understandable, we parody the character, not portray them in their true form or storyline. Who knows, maybe someday.
How often do random dudes contact you asking how they can get into porn? What advice would you give to a guy trying to break into the industry?
I get at least 5 messages every day from guys asking how they can get into porn. Some inquire, some demand. Truth be told, it’s not really annoying that they’re doing so. I understand where they’re coming from. I give them props for going to someone in the industry.
That said, I don’t ever respond. I have no insight or help or advice to give. I can’t. Not because I don’t want to; it’s because there is no advice to give. I still don’t know how I got into the industry. How each male talent got into the industry differs. The best way to get into the industry is to figure it out on your own.
Every job and industry has its downside, but lately, there’s been a whole bunch of people screaming and yelling about how terrible the porn business is for the people who work in it. Are things in porn really that bad in your opinion?
Absolutely NOT. Like any job, you get what you make of it. Is the industry the same as it was in the early 2000s with the advent of the internet porn age? No. Is this industry cutthroat, manipulative, with an “every man for himself” mentality? Well, what job out there isn’t? For porn performers and people in the industry, it’s easy for the general public to relate to the outcries of unfortunate circumstance, complaints, and concerns, the downsides to our work environments and situations. Sex work is still a world that is shunned amongst Americans and most of the world.
So, with that, people want to hear about how I’m giving myself scoliosis, bronchitis and risking a likely STD. They want to hear how there’s no insurance available to cover myself for any medical needs that I should need. People want to hear that the porn industry is a no-mans land of outlaws and diabolical practices. The thing is, it’s not like that at all, but it’s not easy. Everyone has an opinion on every job. The porn industry is not terrible, or horrific, or anything of the sort. Complaints from certain pessimistic people resonate more than others, and they spin the world.
I know you were quick to call out Chelsea Handler for her recent comments about Trump being “Pro-Pornstar”. Why do you think so many people like her are so quick to try and equate pornstars as being some kind of villains?
Like I just said, the general public does not accept porn people, and sex workers to be Respectable, Upstanding, All American people; so we’re easy targets. With all the fight against Trump and everyone looking for anything they can to discredit him and any salacious story they can get against him, the Stormy Daniels controversy is a perfect bullet in so many people’s eyes.
I fully understood why Judd Apatow said and worded his tweet the way he did. Fortunately, Mr. Apatow rescinded his comment to clarify what he meant by it. I’ll stand by his altered message and his apology, because he didn’t have to do so, and he did address it, as such, back to a Porn Performer.
I should have said pro cheating on his wife who just had a baby with porn stars. I see how it came across wrong. Sorry. https://t.co/KxTC9mShkQ
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 13, 2018
Chelsea is just not that bright, to begin with.
What Mr. Apatow and Chelsea were going for, was a message that the whole country, especially the conservatives, could and would get behind. Associating with a sex worker is not a respectable or well-received action. Having a public affair with one is even more so a terrible taboo.
So, when you can easily rally the country by shining a light on the indiscretions and especially the sexual assault and harassment accusations, particularly during the current climate with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements (all of which really came to charge after trump’s “grabbed her by the pussy” leaked recordings), then you grab at all the extreme highlights you can.
How many women came forward with accusations against trump? How many of them were affairs? Why is it that Stormy’s stick’s so strong and makes headlines every day?
Trump offered $10,000 to another pornstar at the same event he met Stormy at and had grabbed her and kissed her without her consent. Why aren’t we still talking about her? Because Trump has done that to so many people? Because he didn’t have the affair with her? Or, is it because it’s Porn Star Stormy Daniels who trump had an affair with?
When you’re pleading your case, do you not go for making it as indisputable as possible? Absolutely, most of America likens sex workers with sexual assaulters and the lowest of the population.
Now, like I said, Mr. Apatow corrected himself. I’ve always known him to be friendly and respectful of the industry. He’s hired porn stars for principle characters in his movies (Stormy Daniels was in The 40-year-Old Virgin and Katie Morgan was part of the main cast of Zack and Miri Make a Porno) he had projects that related to porn in the not terrible light. So, when he means to slam trump for cheating on his wife, who had just given birth to his son, Apatow he didn’t mean that we in the industry were the monsters that the 140 (or 280 now) character limit funneled us into.
There’s an entire generation that learned you don’t have to be talented, smart or respected; just drunk enough to fuck your way to the top and backstab anyone that doesn’t cow tow instantly. Thanks for leading that example, @chelseahandler you Moral Warrior.
— Ryan Driller (@ryandriller) February 12, 2018
Chelsea Handler, on the other hand, is all too easily manipulated, and too quick to jump and bark with the likes of those she feels she should follow. Chelsea, who has been one of the biggest spearheads of the Free The Nipple campaign, after her own Instagram posts were taken down, and she was punished for tasteful pics that happened to feature the nude form. Chelsea, who has shared with the world her own sexuality and history in her books, standup, and talk show, has always made sex, and women’s sexuality, a seemingly positive message and stance. Granted, she admits that she fucked the president of E! for her show and career to flourish beyond the bit parts and stalemate that her career was at. Chelsea had always stood up for those who were sex-positive, for women’s, gay, everyone’s rights.
But, she saw one of her role models make a comment, and she ran with it, knowing that the conservatives and that middle America would totally rally behind her in reprimand trump and his actions. Problem is, she totally discredited herself, publicly, in doing so.
How are we to take seriously Chelsea and Jessica Biel’s sex-positive Tryst network, opening the discussion and removing the stigmas that are associated with publicly discussing sex, and our bodies and sexuality, when she admonishes sex workers so quickly to too-easily rally the population? What does she really believe? That people who openly discuss and enact their sexuality are degenerates and illegitimate? Or does she actually stand behind us, as she has gone on her own crusades against slut-shaming and sex positivity, feminist campaigns and the like?
I can’t totally fault her though like I said, Chelsea is kind of an idiot and easily manipulated. I know personally people that she’s had under her employment, that have seen those in her camps use Chelsea, easily, to get what they wanted. Chelsea fired and let of her “teams” and “assistants” after others got in her ear and spun stories and coerced Chelsea into replacing those positions with others from their agency.
A particular agency in Hollywood is notorious for training their roster to become assassins, going in on sets and teams, and getting the other positions fired to be replaced with their own. A wardrobe stylist goes in, gets in the client’s ear, and has the makeup artist, the hair stylist, etc removed, and then their own brought in, monopolizing that production. Even at the cost of team members that were very personally close to the client. Chelsea was used as such in this fashion.
I know comedians that worked for her, and were close to her, and had jobs lined up, happily, with her, until someone else came in, got in her ear, and overnight she tried to ruin their career, despite going above and beyond as a friend or family member to that person not even 48 hours before.
Is she that wishy-washy? Is she that conniving? Or does she just blindly follow those around her that speak with conviction and authority, thinking that’s the way she needs to go.
You do a fair amount of work that requires some dramatic acting. Have you taken any kind of acting classes or does that kind of thing just come naturally for you?
Admittedly, I have not. I did have an opportunity a few years back to join Bernard Hiller at his International Master [Acting] Class out in Ischia, Italy during the Ischia Film Festival. I got to spend two weeks with Bernard and his students from all over the world, and meeting the likes of Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Trudie Styler (Filth, Moon), Samuel L Jackson, Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby), and getting to pick their brains on methods, experiences, learnings and the like.
I had the pleasure of performing a scene (my scene partner and I did the cafe/coffee scene from Silver Linings Playbook). But, I can’t say that there was any training or schooling there, just a bit of discussion and a lot of team-building, and psychological development and delving.
The only “training” that I’ve had, has been on set. The directors that I work with that are willing to guide me where I need it and to let me bring the character that I interpreted from their script. I do want to take more classes and better myself as an actor, but whatever I have brought, so far, has been under the guidance of my production teams.
When you’re not running around dressed as Superman or making porn movies, what do you do in your spare time?
To be honest I think I’m a bit boring. I hike with my dogs, hang out with friends, cook, eat, travel, watch movies, and try to experience the world around me. I try to learn how the world works, by being involved in it where I can. I don’t get too much spare time thought.
Considering all that you’ve already achieved over the span of your career, do you have any professional goals in front of you that you haven’t already conquered?
Professionally, I do want to win an AVN. I mean, who doesn’t. I know that it doesn’t actually mean anything, professionally, but it is nice to be recognized as such for your work. I have been active and working in the industry for 10 years now, and couldn’t be happier with all that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. I checked off so many goals and ambitions in getting the role of Superman, in working steadily, in being recognized as a reliable and respectable performer. I’ve thought about trying my go behind the camera, again. We’ll see if I decide to give that a shot.
I do want to do mainstream acting. I know that will come with a battle, but I’m going to give it my all and to do what I can.
Any new movies of yours that you’d recommend people checking out?
My biggest problem is that many of the titles that I work on are shot under a different name then when they’re released. I post everything as I see it come out and I’m alerted to. Check out the Wicked, Naughty America, Sssh, Nubiles, PornPros, PureTaboo, Brazzers, Digital Playground, Penthouse and so many other sites (you pay for) to see the best version of what’s coming out and is out.
Definitely keep an eye out on my Instagram and Twitter profiles (both are @ryandriller) to see what’s coming, too. Some big news and surprises coming soon!