Performer Frank Towers, occasionally known on the straight side as Ted Hunter and on the gay side as Mark Slade, has just directed and produced his first release, Nasty Tales.
“There’s a ghost story in it,” Towers told AVN.com. “Lena Ramone plays a dead hippie girl from 1969 who died in a hotel room, and she haunts the motel room and has sex with certain people that stay overnight at the motel room so it’s got hot sex and a storyline and I think people will really enjoy it.”
The cast of the production also includes Alana Evans, Olivia O’Lovely, Cherry Poppins, Nancy Vee, Brett Michaels and Towers.
Towers, working as Slade, had a notable straight career and was contracted to gay production company Studio 2000 for a short period of time. He has performed in gay and bisexual productions but his first love is the work he has done in straight productions.
“I didn’t think that by doing the gay movies that I would be blackballed for years and it hurts,” Towers said. “People think that I am bi or gay and that AIDS is being spread on the gay side and it’s not. Gay shoots are safer than the straight ones with condoms being mandatory. When I was with Studio 2000, I never worked with anyone HIV positive and everyone I worked with was tested. I was always a top and used condoms….I just want to come back and redeem myself in the straight industry. I’m a decent guy…. I’d worked for people for six years on the straight side that would hire me probably once every two weeks. I worked for all the major companies. I worked for Vivid. I worked for VCA and some producers wouldn’t return my phone calls.”
Towers also says that he is completely heterosexual.
“This is all I can say. Sometimes girls do girls in the industry, that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily into girls; they did it for the money or other reasons to experience it or maybe they found out they’re not into the girls through the camera, and they got a check out of it. Not every girl is totally into women in this industry, and I know that. Some of them have told me that they just do it for the money. I was paid a lot to do it and I did the same thing,” Towers said.
While he says he is greatly supported by Rob Black, Tom Byron, Mitchell Spinelli and Ren Savant who hire him on a pretty regular basis, Towers feels that some of his fellow performers aren’t totally as supportive as they could be.
“I felt like they could do more, maybe, but I realize that I’m their competition as they are mine. I understand why they would never say nah or hey for me. Maybe they just don’t want to say anything, and I understand that. They have their own career. I just want a second chance from some of the producers.”
Towers welcomes calls about hiring him as talent or distributing his directorial debut. He can be reached at 530-200-1494.