NBC: James Deen Eyed for Hollywood Role

Jan 23, 2012 12:00 PM PST

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In what may turn out to be a porn role reversal of sorts, male performer James Deen could be adult’s next mainstream crossover star.

NBC Washington reported that Hollywood scribe Bret Easton Ellis, who penned the cult hit “American Psycho,” tweeted that he wanted Deen in his next Paul Schrader-directed small budget noir film.

Schrader is a writer/director best known for major films including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,”  “American Gigolo,” and more.

"James Deen is my first choice to play Christian or Ryan in LA noir micro budget Paul Schrader movie I'm writing. Nudity and acting a must...," Bret Easton Ellis tweeted through the Hollywood blog, The Playlist.

Deen's appeal is his boy-next-door looks and intense on-screen sexuality, unlike most of the typical buffed and ready male porn stars. The combination has made him a fan favorite amongst a host of female porn watchers.

The star confirmed the possibility and told XBIZ, “This is a very exciting opportunity. Not much has been discussed yet. I have been emailing back and forth with Ellis about the movie and honestly I would be thrilled just to sit down and meet the man even if I don't end up attached to the project.”

If cast, this would be Deen’s first role in a mainstream movie.

“When I was a child I was approached for a few acting projects but I never proceeded because my dream has always been porn, and mainstream seems like a bit of a distraction. I am excited about this project mainly because it is Ellis and I hope I get to run naked down a hallway holding a chainsaw [‘American Psycho’ reference],” he said.

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