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If there was one film that everyone was talking about at this year's TriBeCa Film Festival, it was "King Cobra." The critically-acclaimed feature follows the early career of Sean Paul Lockhart (played by Garrett Clayton) during his rise to stardom as the gay porn headliner Brent Corrigan. His exponential success in the industry however takes a dark turn after Lockhart falls out with the owner, director, and producer of his famous Cobra video, igniting the flames for an all-out porn turf war.
Between the explicit sex scenes, the high-profile cast -- which included James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone, and Molly Ringwald -- and the twisted plot, it was no surprise that the movie gained a lot of buzz. But more than that, the most noteworthy aspect of the film is director Justin Kelly's incredible focus into the complexities of the human mind and the extreme lengths people are willing to go in pursuit of success. Kelly flexes his writing and directing expertise in "King Cobra," making the focal point about the characters' compulsions and actions and never imparting judgement. It's an incredible, unbiased look into the human psyche.
We recently sat down with writer/director Justin Kelly and producers Jordan Yale Levine and Scott Levenson about how they made the film, reception to their feature, and more!
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