Every year around this time, Raging Stallion delivers its splashy holiday blockbuster to the world. Whatever big-budget release it is, it usually ends up winning accolades and a slew of awards. This year is no different (although, there aren't really any legit awards left to win, are there?). The Woods, from director Tony Dimarco, has received a lot of attention from fans and from within the industry, especially for its cryptic marketing campaign, which focuses on the mysterious and possibly alien-infested trees referred to in the title.
Besides the usual hot gay sex, the film boasts an A-list cast, some of whom are exclusives for the San Francisco-based studio. Rising star Jimmy Fanz is one of the box cover models of the two-part smash, and he recently phoned up GayDemon to share his hairy tale. For his scene, Fanz got to go fishing (and more!) with superstar Zeb Atlas (below), and he still remembers the day of the shoot. "It was chilly!" says the 21-year-old from his home in Florida. "Of course I was nervous to work with a porn legend. Zeb is a huge guy, and he made me look small. But that type of big muscular guy is just my type."
Headlining a major release is just the latest accomplishment for Miami native Fanz, who says he has long been interested in the industry. "I always wanted to do porn," he says. "But I had no idea how to do it. Then some friends from high school started doing it. They told me I should give it a try too."
More questioning reveals that the "friends" were female, and that Fanz debated whether to go into the straight side of the business. "Sure, you could say I'm bi," he adds. "I'm gay, I'm straight. Some days I wake up and I want to get fucked. Other days I wake up and I want to fuck. It just depends how I feel in that moment."
Fanz says that he decided to go the gay route because "I wanted the fans, the limelight. Gay porn stars get a lot more attention, and who doesn't like that?"
Part of the spotlight has focused on Fanz for his alluring (though still rare in the industry) furry chest. "I love my body hair," he says with pride. "I've been hairy since I was 13. One online studio wanted me to shave it off, but I refused. I don't see it as a big deal."
But it all worked out for Fanz, who is Jewish and French. He ended up signing an exclusive deal with RSS and has no regrets. "They are a blast to work with," he says. "The studio does great quality movies, and they treat me well." And they have even matched him with the perfect co-star: Donny Wright. "I think that is my favorite scene so far. Plus, I enjoy bottoming more. I think I give more energy as a bottom." Well, casting two hairy guys together, how can you lose!?
In light of his tender age, Fanz doesn't have a clear vision of his future. "I like what I'm doing, but who knows?" he says. "Maybe I'll sell real estate or do something else. I would like to work with Jake Genesis, though."
Follow him on Twitter @JimmyFanz. And for more on The Woods, which also stars Paddy O'Brian, Landon Conrad, D.O., Jesse Santana, Tom Wolfe and Trenton Ducati, visit RagingStallion.com.