LOS ANGELES - AVN Male Performer of the Year award-winner Tommy Gunn finally did something he's never done before to prepare for a role in a porn movie.
The celebrated star of Digital Playground's Pirates and Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge shaved off his famous goatee and mustache for Not Three’s Company XXX, due in stores March 3 from X-Play/Hustler Video.
The New Jersey tough guy was given an ultimatum of sorts by producers Jeff Mullen and Scott David, who dangled the coveted role of horny neighbor Larry Dallas in front of the buffed actor like a diamond ring in front of Carol Channing.
"We wanted Tommy Gunn to be in the movie along with Jack, Janet and Chrissy from the moment we began writing the script," said Mullen. "Although Tommy had that East Coast confidence we were looking for, he also had the goatee and mustache of a cartel leader and that was a no-no for the sleazy but lovable used car salesman Larry."
Turns out Tommy was a fan of the original series.
"I grew up with 'Three's Company' and I thought it was a funny sitcom and having been in the business so long wearing the hair and the goatee I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to try something daring. I love working with Scott and Jeff and the timing was perfect to shed the tough guy image," said Gunn.
Getting the actor to appear without facial hair was more difficult than anticipated. Mullen and David were reduced to three options: applying torture, begging, or a media smear campaign.
Tommy Gunn eventually agreed to shave his face clean when he heard a vicious rumor later denied that his Captain Stagnetti character would be killed off in the third installment of Pirates when a cruise liner collides with his 16th Century Galleon ship.
"What the fuck is a cruise ship doing in the middle of the 16th century?" Gunn muttered, pulling out a straight edge razor to trim his facial fuzz.
Gunn's Larry character gets it on with horny neighbor Lana (you jerked off to her, readers - you know you did). Gunn and Sienna West were a perfect fit for the fuck scene.
"Then why the hell am I not on the box cover?” Gunn asked.
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