April 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM ET
Porn star James Deen tells TODAY.com “it’s been a wild ride” since news broke on Monday that he had filmed an adult movie with "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham.
Abraham recently lashed out at Deen for telling TMZ on Tuesday that the plan was for the porn film to be shot professionally and then be passed off as a leaked sex tape.
"What happened was that the company doing the movie came to me and said, 'We want you for this,'" he told TODAY.com. "I tried to tell them that I'm probably the worst person to choose for this because people are going to recognize me. Even if you try to obscure my face, people still know me and are going to know it's James Deen in the movie with her. I said this two weeks ago when we were in the booking process."
Deen told us that eventually, the company commissioning the film (which he declined to name) realized that he would be recognized as a professional porn star, so they tried to get him to pretend he was actually dating Abraham so that the movie could eventually be leaked as a personal sex tape.
"They wanted to send us out on a date and then call the tabloids to come," he said. "I said absolutely not. I'm not going to pretend to be dating somebody. I'm a big believer in honesty and I don't like weird media ploys, it's just not my style. I told them that I am not a prostitute and I'm not going to go on fake dates with people for the tabloids. This was not going to be able to be leaked as a weird, boyfriend/girlfriend sort of thing.
"If you're going to make a celebrity sex tape and try to pass it off as an amateur home video, you don't hire a well-known porn star!” Deen said. “You hire, like, some random dude."
The media became aware that something was going on when the two were photographed together coming out of her hotel on the way to the movie set.
Regarding Abraham's statement to TODAY.com that she wouldn't sell the video for less than a couple of million dollars, Deen told us it makes no sense.
"I don't understand the whole, 'I'm going to sell it for $2 million thing, because somebody, the company that paid us to do it, already owns it."
Although Deen had never heard of Abraham or "Teen Mom" before he signed on to star in the movie with her, he does think she's well-known enough for the film to be a great success.
"It sucks that the company's marketing strategy, and her marketing strategy, didn't go as planned, but honestly, I think it worked out better this way, as far as my perspective goes," he told us. "This whole thing definitely created some buzz. I can tell you that the movie's amazing in my opinion. The whole idea of doing a sex tape is to get famous, get press, Kim Kardashian-style, right?"
Deen said that the company that paid him and Abraham to make the video has asked him not to reveal anything that's in the movie, and he wouldn't comment on if the movie would be "Teen Mom"- themed.
"I'm trying to be respectful of Farrah and her wishes, and despite what she said, I didn’t let the cat out of the bag," he said. "I can lie about it now and try to keep it confidential, but eventually the porno will come out, so it's just prolonging the inevitable. It does bother me that she got so offended, because I have no desire to say anything that’s disrespectful or violate her boundaries."
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