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Monday, October 31, 2011

The Colby Keller Interview

Photos and Text by Gabe Ayala

As his blog, The Big Shoe Diaries, puts it, it’s “Colby like cheese, Keller like Helen.” But anyone who has caught a film starring the furry gentleman that is Colby Keller has no trouble remembering his name. He started out making videos for SeanCody.com a decade ago, and he’s still going strong—these days you’ll find him in projects by various studios, including porn giants Falcon and Raging Stallion. Keller’s reputation in the industry and among his loyal fans may not be what you’d expect from an in-demand porn actor, because in addition to being well-equipped and hunky as hell—the obvious prerequisites for starring in adult films—he’s also undeniably genuine and quite the intellectual. Gabe Ayala recently sat down with Keller, and the two discussed everything from social networking and personal misconceptions to romantic relationships and Keller’s favorite adult video.

Prior to this interview, I was on the phone with a friend—also in the industry—and while he hadn’t met you, he’d heard that you were nice. There are worse things to be called, but ideally what trait or characteristic would you most like associated with you? Which do you feel would be the most honest?
‘Nice’ is a compliment you pay someone when you don’t have anything interesting to say about them, so I must not be doing something right. How about earnest, compelling, erudite or HOT! Why not, I am a porn star, right? Earnest is the most honest.

What would you say is the biggest misconception about you?
That just because I do porn, I can’t handle a big conversation as easily as I handle a big cock.

While we met under strenuous circumstances, given Twitter and a mutual friend, we were able to connect in a positive manner. How do you feel the immediacy of social networking tools has changed the industry? Would you say it’s for the better or that it has killed some of the mystery?
The day-to-day professional and personal dramas of conventional movie stars have been forced on society by one-way media for decades, and frankly I find a lot of their dramas quite drab. Social networking lets the audience decide what they think is interesting, fun and sexy in a much more direct and dynamic way.

You have a rather endearing relationship with your fans. How would you describe it? Do you feel any obligation when making career decisions?
Well, I’m no ‘Mother Monster,’ but I know I benefit immensely from the dialogue I have with my fans. I get insanely excited every time a fan sends along some Colby art, or a Colby doppelgänger photo or an I See Penis. The multiplicty of perspective makes me smile with the biggest colons and end parenthesis marks I can imagine. My biggest obligation is to be as true to myself as I can, and to have my fans help me out with that makes me think of them more as friends than fans—so maybe Facebook ‘friending’ isn’t that far off.

You’ve been in porn for a decade now and have remained compelling to fellow bloggers, fans and fellow bloggers who happen to be fans. How do you feel about that?
Immensely fortunate and humbled.

What do you think it is that helps to keep you relevant?
A high-fiber diet, curiosity and plenty of sleep. Not kidding.

While curiosity and money tend to be factors in porn beginnings, what was the breaking-in process like for you? Did you seek it out or were you sought out and ‘discovered’?
'Breaking in?’ Am I a mule? [Laughs] I sought it out with a combination of curiosity and economic need. I was very fortunate to work with the great folks at Sean Cody.

Do you have an end date in mind for the porn chapter of your life? How will you know when to walk away?
I think at this point, porn is multiple chapters. I will either walk away graciously when the time is right or hold on with a vice-like grip ‘til I’m forcefully ripped away and kicked to the curb. I haven’t decided yet.

You frequently feature other men on your blog. Are the fresh faces mainly submissions? If so, how do you sift through them? What pops out to you?
I find them; I have a sexuality too, ya know. But feel free to send submissions to bigshoediaries@gmail.com.

Aside from being an actor and a writer, you’re also an artist. Did you study fine arts at university?
Yes. Although my B.A. is in Anthropology, I got an M.F.A. in sculpture and painting from MICA, the alma mater of both Jeff Koons and John Waters.

What mediums do you work in? Do you favor one over another?
I’m pickier with men than I am with my mediums. I keep my fingers in every pot.

What inspires your work? Do you lean more towards the conceptual or the aesthetic side of the spectrum?

It’s hard to pull those two things apart—just like me and a nice piece of tail. I’m inspired by line, shape, color and value.

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?
Piles of dirt—I’m drawing them—and if that doesn’t impress you, they’re big, like me.

What was little Colby like? Did you have a favorite toy?
He was very shy. He liked to draw.

Romantic relationships—how you feel about them?
The more the merrier.

What do you look for in a partner aside from the requisite good looks?
Generosity of spirit, smarts and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.

Without embarrassing anyone else, what is the most comical thing that you’ve encountered on set?

Is it funny when the Magnum XXL doesn’t fit?

In the last 10 years, has anyone stuck out in a more favorable manner than the rest—cast, crew or companies?
I’ve had a lot of great experiences with casts and crew—it would be too hard to pick.

What is your favorite porn?
Debbie Does Dallas—it’s a classic.

While storybooks and fairytales are just that, if you could write one to live out what would it be?   
There already is a fairytale—it’s the Keller Family Origin Myth. I won’t go into too many specifics, but it involves Napoleon Bonaparte, the discovery of Strontium (Sr), Sandra Bullock’s first orgasm, the castration of Osiris and cilantro.

Is there anything you’d like to convey to the public?
I would now like to announce my candidacy for President of the United States in 2012.

Keep up with Colby Keller through his blog at bigshoediaries.blogspot.com.

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