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A Visit To Flemish Porn Star Philippe Delvaux

by Martin Maassen in Media & entertainment , 13 juli 2011


He is 21, starred in about fifty porn movies and is a regular Belgian boy dressed in a gray T-shirt and faded jeans, except when he’s on the set of course. Philippe Delvaux (his real name is kept a secret) is famous with gays not really into hairy legs and black leather, but prefer an angelic, sometimes sultry, other times questioning or confident blue glance. But unfortunately the world of porn is not just soaked in glamour, Jacuzzis, expensive sports cars and huge amounts of money.

There are downsides to it as well: queer envy, deceit and even physical violence are part and parcel of pornographic fame. Philippe has seen it all: “I seem young but I’ve been through a lot.” Gay News went to Antwerp to get his story.


We meet at the large square in front of the city’s theater under the ornamental canopy. A friendly, almost shy handshake. Let’s find a quiet spot first. After all, it took us six months to make an appointment. A nasty experience in our gay paradise of Amsterdam gave the whole thing more urgency.

A few weeks before the interview Philippe sent me a police report and a photo of his battered face. Through the bloody surface I could just make out his blue eyes. A few jealous gay guys who thought he was getting too much attention in Amsterdam’s nightlife had beaten him up. Now, I couldn’t see any trace of damage. “Otherwise we would Photoshop it away.” Wink. The Flemish ice was broken.

“Still puzzling,” says Philippe, taking a sip of an orange juice at an outside table at the river Schelde, “how negatively some guys responded on internet to the whole episode. They suggest it’s all a publicity stunt. Like ‘he’s not making any movies anymore so needs some attention.’ Well, I can think of better ways of getting in the news, and besides, I’m working on a new movie anyway. But people have a certain image of you, while they don’t know you at all. They think you’re arrogant. But when I go out in the real world I only get positive reactions. You stand out and they look at you, but I often ignore that. I’ve pulled up a wall recently. I prefer to go to straight places because then I can just have a drink with my friends.”

Going out straight or not, the gay scene in the inner city of Antwerp is quite visible. Up to six times during our short walk I hear him say “that’s another one,” usually followed by a look from the other that could cause serious neck cramps. But to be fair, Philippe is not keeping his eyes to himself either. He enjoys all the attention. When a slightly colored guy halts Philippe on the street they exchange phone numbers. “Well, I change numbers every six months and most phone calls I simply don’t pick up.”

“You know, I got into this business by accident. You could say I hardly noticed it myself. It’s not something I wanted. I was sixteen and was holidaying in Spain with my mum and dad. My sister and I were playing with a camera. I was taking photos of her and she of me. We posted them on MySpace and the next thing I knew a producer from America wanted me to come over for a photo shoot. I had lost interest in school by then already. Did I want to graduate to end up in a shop for seven euros an hour? It was an easy choice.

I quit school when I was seventeen and took off to the States by myself. I had appointments with model agencies and photographers in Miami. We did some shots in underwear and clothing. But I just had a tourist visa for three months and I could do the real modeling stuff with the right papers only. Some agencies lost interest because they thought I was too short. A model should be at least 1.85 meters, they thought. And I’m 1.78 meter. So I should buy myself some high heels.”

The woman, who was a sort of manager of Philippe, got into an accident and from that moment the American adventure spiraled down. The idea of playing “an adopted European boy coming to America” vanished. All dreams of nightclubs, Hollywood and beaches with palm trees disappeared. Philippe was pressed to pay 10,000 euros for his flight back.



“There I was, a 17-year old boy with a contract of his parents that said I was allowed to work, but without any money...”Philippe, gained an experience but lost an illusion, flew back to Belgium. His decision took shape: he wanted to become a porn actor. But before he could make that dream come through some water had to flow through the Schelde.

“I had gotten used to luxury in America. Nice cars, Jacuzzis, special people, plush rugs. In Belgium I was used to walk on threadbare rugs. After my American experience Belgium was like a little village, a ghost town. All shops close at night while in the States everything stays open all the time. I fell into a depression; I did nothing for a full year, except for a photo shoot every now and then for fun. In Brussels or in Amsterdam.


But my American experience helped me making my final choice. I remember sitting in the plane to Belgium and I saw people loading luggage. I decided I’d never do such work. I’d rather work as a porn model. So after I got home I searched the Internet for studios. I sent some nude photos I took with my webcam. Straight away I got replies from studios that wanted to work with me. I have to add I’d never gone into porn if my parents’ business hadn’t gone bust. Because of that I really have to take care of myself from my eighteenth.”

Philippe’s first big assignment comes from Eurocreme, an English produces of gay porn. He flies to London for his first porn movies. “Indieboyz 5 Spunk’d” was released as the first Philippe Delvaux movie, soon followed by “Hung Ladz.”

“It was a dream come true to work there. You get into a studio and you see all these handsome guys, also the ones at the computers! The first night we had a luxury dinner with the boss and the producer of Eurocreme Europe. I hit on the chief of Eurocreme America. I thought he was straight, but we ended up in a hotel room. The next day the producer was ticked off because he was afraid I wouldn’t be able to deliver after that date. But it all worked out. I wasn’t nervous at all, a little excited rather. I thought it was all very exciting.

The Eurocreme chief asked me if I wanted to work exclusively for him. They knew I was also in contact with a studio in Prague. So I cancelled that. Shame of the plane ticket... Eurocreme treated me really well. We often ate in chic restaurants. All of that changed however when I refused to sign the exclusive contract because I had accepted an offer from America. No more luxury dinners, they gave me ten pounds a day for food and their attitude changed completely. All of a sudden I was a ‘diva’ and asked too much money for the movies. The love affair had ended for both sides.”

Philippe still wins the HustlaBall Award for Eurocreme at the Gay Pride of Berlin. He can’t be there in person but sends in a video. In the years after he tapes some fifty movies in Germany, London, Prague, Italy and America. (“In Europe it’s all very simple. A little room, two or three people on the set. In America everything is on a much bigger scale. Beautiful studios, a lot of people on the set, right up to a make up assistant.”)

From October 2010 things slow down a little. The porn industry is also hit by the economic crisis and internet’s unlimited possibilities also take effect. Many studios get in trouble.

Philippe considers starting his own studio. “The idea took shape when I met a guy who bought a lot of calendars I was featured on. He said he wanted to start something up and promised me a steady wage, a house and my own agency. It all fell through, he turned out an imposter who was driving around in a Porsche but couldn’t be trusted. I argued with him about an ugly model I didn’t want in our movies. He disagreed and decided to drop everything. But he had all my contracts so now I’m trying to sue him for damages.

I recently started working with a lawyer who checks all my contracts and he will also prosecute the imposters. I’m a little gullible and many people have taken advantage of that.”



Nowadays Philippe makes his money by performing at parties and there are new movies in production. His latest project is to launch a Philippe Delvaux perfume, the realization of which he’s “ninety to ninety-five percent sure.”
It’s going to be an exclusively gay perfume. “The photo shoots have been done. We’re working on some samples so that it will be a good fragrance. It will be a combination of woody and aqua scents. Very fresh because I’m not into sweet.”

Philippe’s eyes show a glint when he talks of this new challenge.
The perfume will hit the market. And what in five years?
“I don’t really think about that. I’m getting older of course, in a few years it will all be over. I really don’t know what I want to do. Everything will work out in the end, as long as I can live and have fun. As long as I have friends and my family is healthy. I just want to be happy and don’t worry too much, and don’t have problems. Then my family is happy too.”

Photo's Marc Drofmans



 







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