HARDEST (WORKING) MAN IN SHOWBIZ
have to love Ron Jeremy. Despite being short, fat and hairy, he's
not only become the biggest name in porn and kept a career going
for over two decades, but by sheer force of personality, he's
even made it as something a mainstream celebrity. Even in Britain,
where porn stars are still generally treated as pariahs by the
media, Ron has made his way onto chat shows (he memorably duetted
with Mo Mowlam MP in a surreal musical moment on the Frank
Skinner Show) and reality shows – his stint on
Channel 5's The Farm did him no harm at all.
And now he has his autobiography in print, still something of
a rare occurrence for porn stars – other than Linda Lovelace's
dubious memoirs, only Jenna Jameson and Jerry Butler (who's fuck
and tell Raw Talent remains a benchmark in career
sabotage) spring immediately to mind as authors of note.
Ron's book is much as you'd expect. It's cheery, anecdotal, full
of name-dropping (if Ron has met anyone even vaguely
famous, you can be sure he'll mention it) and rude. He somehow
manages to make fairly graphic on-set and swinger club stories
seem cheeky, rather than sleazy – although full of sexual
stories, this doesn't feel like a salacious book at all.
Clearly, it's not great literature, but it's fun to read, and
is chopped into short, snappy chapters that you can dip in and
out of. I read it in one afternoon sitting, and my opinion of
'the hedgehog' was considerably raised. I still don't want to
have to see him naked, but I'm glad he’s out there flying
the porno flag.
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