Johnny Hazzard Branches Out

Johnny Hazzard Branches Out

Fenuxe: Welcome to Atlanta and thank you for sitting down with Fenuxe for an interview.  How is our city treating you so far?

Johnny Hazzard: I like Atlanta and Southern boys are always very friendly.

Fenuxe: Do you have a proclivity toward Southern boys?

Johnny Hazzard: I’m starting to. They’re just nice, well mannered, and the accent helps too.

Fenuxe: Are you currently single, dating, partnered, married?

Johnny Hazzard: I’m single.  I was just talking to a buddy of mine about that.  With my traveling and what I’ve done [dating] just doesn’t fit right now.  I’m a hard sell.

Fenuxe: What do you look for in Mr. Right?

Johnny Hazzard: Confidence and security are what I look for most.  Sense of humor and being relaxed too.

Fenuxe: So you just got off of a plane, right?  Are you working on any projects abroad?

Johnny Hazzard: I came here straight from London.  I’m doing some work with Boy George.  He is kind of re-entering the music world.  He’s writing for a new drag troupe called the Supreme Fabulettes. I’ve been in their music videos and I’ve just been signed on to do a couple of their stage shows with them in London’s West End. So he’s writing the music for them and directing the videos.  I don’t think he is directing the stage play. I think William Baker is actually signed on to do that.  That’s a pretty big name so we’re all very excited about it.

Fenuxe: So how will you be involved in the shows?

Johnny Hazzard: The Supreme Fabulettes have just been signed on to do eight shows and I’ve been signed on to do two of them.  They’re writing a part for me.  So I’m expanding my acting ability to live performance/stagework, which I’m really excited about.  This will be a whole new experience for me.

Fenuxe: Do you ever get typecast when going out for roles?

Johnny Hazzard: I tend to be typecast as the bad boy.

Fenuxe: Is that how you see yourself?

Johnny Hazzard: No, I’m like a little puppy.  I just sweet and just like to run around and get dirty and get my tummy rubbed.

Fenuxe: How did you get started in the film industry?

Johnny Hazzard: I literally just woke up one morning and decided to give it a shot.  I knew a guy who was in the business at the time.  I sent him some photos and it literally happened overnight.  I was living in Boston and I was just bored.  I wanted to do something different for a change.

Fenuxe: Did you see yourself becoming one of the top performers of all time?

Johnny Hazzard: I didn’t see a career out of it. I thought it would be a one or two time deal.

Fenuxe: On film it seems that you’re very comfortable in your own skin and not afraid of baring it all for the camera. Does that accurately describe you or is that part of the show?

Johnny Hazzard: Yeah, for the most part I’m pretty confident.  I’m still not that comfortable.  It’s all an act.  Most of these guys are not that comfortable with themselves to be honest with you.  It’s human nature.

Fenuxe: Do you consider yourself a very sexual person or is that part of the Johnny Hazzard persona?

Johnny Hazzard: I wouldn’t say it is that separated.  I think it’s kind of one and the same.

Fenuxe: So viewers are getting a fairly realistic experience of Johnny Hazzard in the bedroom?

Johnny Hazzard: Correct.

Fenuxe: Are you still creating films?

Johnny Hazzard: I’m not really shooting anymore.  Just for now I’m just taking a break and trying to launch this [T-shirt line].

Fenuxe: You did several films with ChiChi LaRue.  What was it like to work with her?

Johnny Hazzard: It was so easy.  It has been so long and we had a relationship.  It was really easy.  I was really lucky to get hooked up with those guys.

Fenuxe: You started your career in gay porn in April of 2003 before actors were required to use condoms.  Do you think this was a positive change?

Johnny Hazzard: It is responsible.  ChiChi LaRue was very militant about having a very safe set.

Fenuxe: As our community continues to march toward equality and fight prejudice and discrimination have you witnessed any changes since you first got into the business?

Johnny Hazzard: Oh yeah, totally!  Being in gay porn is so not taboo anymore.  It used to have a huge stigma attached to it.  Back then [there was a stigma that it was a] drug fueled industry, sex crazed, and attention seeking.  Which, to some degree, is still true. The public doesn’t look at it as a negative thing anymore.  It’s a much easier thing to swallow now … no pun intended!

Fenuxe: Tonight you’re at Boy Next Door as part of your U.S. tour for RUFF RIDERS eco-friendly T-shirt line.  How is the campaign going?

Johnny Hazzard: RUFF RIDERS has been around for a while and I’ve known these guys since I was 21.  So that’s … just … two years ago?  RUFF RIDERS is a line of T-shirts primarily.  We’re hip with a comical side.  Kind of rough around the edges … but all gooey inside.  This is for their green line and it’s organic cotton, soy-based ink and is more environmentally sound and friendly.

Fenuxe: What made you want to do an eco-friendly line of clothing?

Johnny Hazzard: I’ve always been an environmentalist.  I don’t flush the toilet.  I don’t let the water run and all that junk.  I was talking to these guys and told them that they need a green line.  Everyone has a green or organic line of something.

Fenuxe: Beyond being eco-friendly, what else made you want to align with RUFF RIDERS for this special T-shirt line?

Johnny Hazzard: RUFF RIDERS is part of a larger company called Live Free Be Strong.  Live Free Be Strong is a non-profit anti-bullying organization that RUFF RIDERS has adopted.  It is separate, but we’re all kind of one and the same.   We do a lot of work for start-up anti-bullying foundations.  You know, mom and pop anti-bullying foundations.  We’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for them.

Fenuxe: So how did your passion for environmentalism and anti-bullying turn into the RUFF RIDERS T-shirts?

Johnny Hazzard: I love to sew.  I am ridiculously domestic.  The RUFF RIDERS T-shirts are absolutely a natural progression of all of my passions.  I’ve been doing stuff like this since I was a kid.  You know, I learned to tie-dye when I was 12.  My mother taught me how to sew.  One of my earliest memories is just hanging out with her in her sewing room.

Fenuxe: Would you call yourself a momma’s boy?

Johnny Hazzard: I would! Not in a negative way though.  My mother doesn’t rule my life.  We’re a team and I would do anything for her.

Fenuxe: What challenges have you faced in this new venture?

Johnny Hazzard: People have been really supportive.  They’re happy to see me do it and I’ve been doing stuff like this for a number of years.  The challenge is always getting it off the ground in a big, successful way.  It’s always been me doing everything, literally, me doing the shirts.  So it’s exhausting.  [While touring] most club owners are still thinking I’m going to come here and take my shirt off and do autographs. They fail to realize I’m selling a T-shirt.  It kind of defeats the purpose if I come in a do the whole porn star bit.  It’s just a matter of trying to get their focus.  I can’t fault them for thinking that because it’s what I did for so many years.  But it’s a matter of channeling their focus now.

Fenuxe: Even with the RUFF RIDERS campaign you seem to be transitioning your career toward modeling.  How is that going?

Johnny Hazzard: It’s going along really well.  [My work] has been received so well out there and we’re trying to get more of a fan base out here as well.  It’s really new.  The response these past couple of months has been really impressive.

Fenuxe: On your Twitter account description you wrote: “I’ve had a great ride as one of the top gay porn performers of all time.  My journey now is about a re-invention & the ride has only begun; keep up if you can.”  So where do you see yourself going in this new journey?

Johnny Hazzard:  RUFF RIDERS is one just dimension, just one facet.  I want to expand this into more apparel type stuff.  I want to get into jewelry.  I’m really good with my hands.  Who knows where that might lead? This whole thing with Boy George is coming about, more acting.  It’s always changing. Things are just always coming up.  Maybe I’ll be a sculpter. Maybe I’ll get a radio show.  Who knows?  Something is going to happen.  It came from Johnny Hazzard, porn guy, it’s going to go somewhere else.  I just can’t really tell you what that is going to be just yet. 

Fenuxe: Are you working on any films?

Johnny Hazzard: I’m shooting an indie film back in LA in March and I’m being cast as the rebellious, long-lost brother.  He is trying to connect with his brother after coming back and is wrestling with his inner demons.  I’m very excited to do this one.  My own relationship with my brother is like the script, so it will be fun.

Fenuxe: Speaking of family, how supportive has your family been of your many endeavors?

Johnny Hazzard: My family has always been very supportive and everything.  It is always nice to have them have your back.  You know?  Not having to hide anything.  It’s just all out there.  My mother has a scrapbook of my covers and interviews.  She’s really supportive.

Fenuxe: Tell us about your body art.

Johnny Hazzard: I got my first [tattoo] when I was 12.  Me and my friends, we were a crazy crew, so we did it ourselves.  This one on my right shoulder was designed by a buddy of mine in Fort Lauderdale and is my most expensive piece.  I’ve actually seen three guys with it.  At first I didn’t like it … but imitation is the … whatever they say!  They were all excited to show me so I was about to be like “you suck” but after a while, whatever.  I should have trademarked it a long time ago.

 

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