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LOS ANGELES—It could be the very definition of a "slow news day": The top story (with photo) on the Los Angeles Times website this morning was the "breaking news" that Anabolic Video, on September 16, 2001 [sic*] (Why does that month strike a chord in our memory? Think, think, think!), shot part of The Gangbang Girl 32 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where, according to the Times' helpful little file-combers, "the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass."
Talk about great acts to follow! And to think, all Anabolic had to do was dress a bunch of porn guys up in football jerseys (sporting the Anabolic logo, natch!) and let them have their way with Gauge, Olivia Saint and Kimberly Franklin!
"The Anabolic football team isn’t all that impressive and their coach is concerned that his players are fags," wrote reviewer Roger T. Pipe of the movie's plot. "They need to prove their manhood and what better way to do that than to gang bang a cheerleader. (And rubbing their dicks together inside of that girl sure shows their manliness.)"
But apparently, up until that night in September, 2001 (what is it about that month???), nobody had ever had sex on the Coliseum grounds or in its locker rooms, which according to the Times' story is "jointly run by the city, county and state, which owns the land." And in fact, the Trojans had played there a week before the Anabolic shoot and again two weeks afterwards. (There's no mention in the story, however, about whether the team was forced to have its physician treat the players for "porn cooties.")
Of course, "A spokesman for the California attorney general's office said Tuesday that he did not know if it is illegal to film pornography on state property," and "Agencies such as the California Department of Parks and Recreation prohibit porn shoots on properties they control."
Yeah, right! Actually, throughout the '80s and '90s, and even into the early 2000s, it wasn't uncommon for an adult production company to get permission to film movies on state beaches, and AVN itself has covered shoots at Zuma Beach and Paradise Cove, not to mention at several spots in the Angeles National Forest and the Mojave National Preserve. The filmmakers were, of course, careful to use stage flats and other blocking materials to shield nudity and sexual activity from public eyes, but that's only common courtesy.
Moreover, Anabolic, which owner Christopher Alexander said had gotten permission to use the Coliseum through a mainstream location company, was known for filming The Gangbang Girl in (shall we say) unique places. Longtime readers will remember the dust-up when Anabolic filmed #20 at a Harley-Davidson dealership, but other locations have included a junkyard, a wild animal compound and a few more out-of-the-way spots.
As the Times rightly points out, "Gaining access to the locked stadium and firing up the field lights typically requires the approval of a high-ranking manager, according to people familiar with Coliseum operations"—so who'll get the blame? Why not the guy (Patrick Lynch) who pled guilty for taking $385K in kickbacks from a stadium contractor, or his predecessor (Todd DeStefano) who, along with four other guys, has pled not guilty to charges of bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy?
"That's disgusting," The Times reported Lynch's attorney, Tony Capozzola, as saying of the porn shoot. "He would never allow that."
Boy, those attorneys sure do have a sense of humor, don't they?
Unable to get comments from Alexander, what forms the bulk of the Times' story is an interview with one of the "gangbangers," porn legend Mr. Marcus, who recalls seeing "a clearly marked Sheriff's Department helicopter" circling overhead, while Alexander himself remembers two of them watching the sex taking place on the playing field.
"There's going to be, like, this intercom saying, 'Hey, this is the … Sheriff's Department, you guys must cease'," Mr. Marcus remembered thinking. "But none of that came. They just circled, like they were trying to see what was going on."
But according to the Times, "The performer had no apologies for people who might be angry that the movie may have tarnished the Coliseum."
Yeah; imagine how sad the Coliseum must feel that somebody spilled semen on its nice, clean astroturf! Please, please, don't cry in your beer, LA Coliseum!
Like we said: Slow news day.
*UPDATE: In response to a request from AVN, Anabolic Video owner Christopher Alexander issued the following statement via email:
Anabolic Video Productions has always set the standard when it comes to doing big shoots in a big way!
On Friday evening, September 14, 2001, Anabolic shot adult actress Kimberly Franklin dressed as an Anabolic cheerleader (with 12 "football players" as her co-stars). Suffice it to say that Kimberley does EVERYTHING that she can to get her team "up for the big game," so she does an incendiary (or disgusting, depending on your point of view) scene on the 30-yard line of the LA Coliseum football field! It was an incredible scene, with incredible talent, in an incredible location!
We almost canceled the scene because of 9-11, out of respect for those who had lost their lives in the Twin Towers. However, after learning from the location manager that since he'd already paid for and booked that date, we had a choice of "use it or lose it," we went forward with the production. The scene can be viewed at anabolic.com.
Like any shoot, there are always obstacles to overcome. I remember arriving at the location late in the afternoon only to find that the field had not yet been chalked as we had been told that it would be. So we started capturing some shots that we might use while a couple of Production Assistants ran off in search of chalk for us to mark off at least part of the field with.
As the night wore on, we noticed a couple of LAPD helicopters observing from above. We figured that with the heightened security at that time, they were probably wondering why the Coliseum lights were on well into the night until they saw that it was obviously a movie production with a huge jib and a pretty good-sized cast and crew. Of course, if they saw Kimberley in action, I'm sure that they were happy to be the guys with the birds-eye view that night.
In the 10+ years since that production, I still have some of the guys from that production come up to me and say, "Wow, I still can't believe that we shot in the Coliseum." As far as I knew at the time, everything was 100% completely legit. Apparently, now it seems that the talent aren't the only ones amazed that we shot at the Coliseum.