CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Performer Lexington Steele has re-teamed with Jules Jordan Video for Lex the Impaler 3, the first new volume in the series since 2002.
"Impaler 1 and 2 have been so good for everybody in terms of my popularity, in terms of Jules' popularity, and at no point had we decided to not collaborate again on volume three," Steele told AVN. "The combination of Jules' videography and my performance skills have created some of the most valuable pornography shot in the history of pornography, so for the fans out there, we decided to do it again. The impact should be great for both of us."
Although Lex the Impaler 3 is a JJV release, Steele sees the collaboration as a good cross-promotion for his own company, Mercenary Pictures.
"There's not a lot of new stuff with Lexington Steele outside of Mercenary," he said, "and this gives a chance for people that maybe have not come across Mercenary, but are very strong fans of Jules Jordan, to see that I'm still doing stuff today, and they can make available to themselves all of the Mercenary new stuff. So it works out pretty well. Jules and I have always been good friends, and it was one of those things like, 'Hey, let's get together and do another one, why not?' Like I said, we've done some very historic things, and we look to do it again with number three."
Mercenary should also enjoy some extra notice by way of new book "Money Shot: The Wild Nights and Lonely Days Inside the Black Porn Industry," written by Lawrence C. Ross Jr. and released this fall through Thunder's Mouth Press.
"Money Shot" focuses a good share of its attention on Steele, whose activities over the course of a year serve as the book's narrative thread.
"I met [Ross] at one of the AVN Awards shows, I believe it was AVN 2006," Steele said. "We met on several occasions over more than a year, actually, and we were able to display what happens when a person is moving from performer/director into ownership and distribution. It wasn't completely about me ... it covers the gamut of ethnic performers in the business."
Other performers covered in "Money Shot" include Sean Michaels, Sinnamon Love and Sledge Hammer.
The arc Steele travels in the book — from the forefront of the scenes to behind them — begs the question of how much more time he does plan to spend on camera.
"I still enjoy doing scenes," Steele said. "I enjoy running my company more. I tend to spend more time in executive and administrative roles than in performance roles. But I would say I might perform for the camera for maybe another year. 2008 may be my last year in front of the camera. After I finish 2008, then I'll see whether I still feel like performing. I wouldn't say that I'm going to be a 15-year guy."
A release date has not yet been announced for Lex the Impaler 3. "Money Shot" can be purchased at Amazon.com and other retailers.