Reel Rumble: Is Sasha Grey a Legitimate Actress or a Lucky Porn Star?

Friday, January 7 by

We don’t always agree on the happenings in the entertainment community, and we like to make our beefs public. Is known porn star Sasha Grey destined for genuine Hollywood stardom, or will she never escape the shadow of her own uncanny gag reflexes. Fight!

Legitimate Actress

Just because Sasha Grey stems from seedy entertainment beginnings doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be taken seriously as a respectable actress. Sometimes we can’t believe what goes in her mouth, so it’s not so crazy to assume we can’t accept what comes out of it I am of course referring to dialogue, not fluids, strap-ons, etc. One of the industry’s most respected directors, Steven Soderbergh, took a chance on Grey for his film The Girlfriend Experience. If an Academy Award winning filmmaker has faith in her potential, why shouldn’t we?

Sasha Grey has balls, metaphorically speaking, and ambition, two traits that can get one very far in Tinsel Town. She took on a role in a legitimate film when everyone else screamed his or her doubts from the rooftop of some debaucherous warehouse in the San Fernando Valley. Some might say it wasn’t the biggest stretch playing a high-class escort when you’ve made your career as an adult film actress, but porn doesn’t involve any acting beyond moans of ecstasy.  Hell, our wives and girlfriends can take on that role, and your inability to accept that they have duped you only further proves the ease of the task.  Nothing of what Grey learned in porn would help her on Soderbergh’s set, except maybe a come hither stare and cheating her less bruised side to the camera. She dedicated herself to the challenge of genuine acting, and considering she had no “classical” training, succeeded with flying colors.

Just last season on “Entourage,” Sasha played herself. Again, not a huge stretch, but not as easy as you might think. It’s not like that show is busting at the seams with Julliard graduates either. If you can believe the wigger talk of Turtle, then swallowing Sasha’s often stilted delivery shouldn’t be a problem. Let’s also not forget her fearlessness in showcasing her shaggy private parts. If she only accepted 70s based projects from now on it might not hurt her career. That was a bold move, and one I applauded her for. Sure, she’s probably more comfortable nude than with clothes on, but at least she isn’t some self-important actress only willing to show her goods if the characterization or plot development truly call for it, or if the paycheck’s big enough. Let’s not kid ourselves. Just because an actress doesn’t get penetrated on screen doesn’t mean she’s not taking a whore’s approach. At least Sasha takes full responsibility for her actions.

Finally, there’s Sylvester Stallone. He got the name “The Italian Stallion” for a reason. His first acting gig was on a low budget porn that exploited his involvement after he hit it big. Stallone couldn’t be more successful now. He’ll never be considered a consummate actor, but he’s one hell of a movie star. With more time and opportunities, the same could happen for Sasha. She mastered one niche of entertainment, and I’m sure that didn’t happen over night. She worked like a champ until she could take on or in almost anything without a quiver of hesitation. If she applies the same tenacity to a legitimate acting career, we could see her nominated for a Golden Globe in a few short years. The Hollywood Foreign Press loves a good cum rags to riches story.

Lucky Porn Star

A lot of people seem to think that Sasha Grey has crossed over to the mainstream and attained the status of legitimate actress. A lot of people think Barack Obama is a Muslim (switch out the word “Muslim” with “good president,” if it makes you feel better). In short, a lot of people are stupid, and it doesn‘t matter what they think. Despite the fact that Grey has appeared in a few high-profile mainstream projects, she is, and always will be, nothing more than a lucky porn star.

Granted, there’s nothing wrong with being a lucky porn star. After all, we make our own luck. The fact that Grey has attained this level of notoriety is impressive, and she deserves credit for her determination. But at the end of the day, if this girl hadn’t drank milk out of another girl‘s asshole (literally, I‘ve seen it), we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Grey’s only real mainstream achievements have been her role in The Girlfriend Experience, which isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill mainstream film, and a reoccurring part on “Entourage,” a show geared toward young men with Downs Syndrome. For The Girlfriend Experience, she played the part of a prostitute (a rose by any other name), and for “Entourage,” she played a fictionalized version of herself. How challenging could those roles have been for a porn star? Basically, they were extended cameos. It’s not as if she landed a role playing Eleanor Roosevelt (although her hardcore scene with Bree Olsen is eerily reminiscent of the former First Lady). And despite her relative familiarity with the parts, critical reception of her performances was mixed, which doesn’t bode well for her landing non-sex related roles in the future.

Granted, many mainstream actresses (and actors, for that matter) have far less talent than Grey. And like Grey, I suspect that many people in the film industry have gotten where they are by sticking weird things in their asses. But unlike Grey, video of Brett Ratner and McG getting tag teamed by a group of coked-up studio executives is not available On Demand…yet. Maybe it’s unfair that Grey is being punished for her blatantly honest whoring while others do it behind the scenes without retribution. But out of all the injustices in this world, the double standard faced by pornographers has to be on the bottom of the list.

Let’s put it another way. Michael Jordon starred in Space Jam. Do people remember him as an actor? No. They remember him as a great athlete who did a few movies. O.J. Simpson appeared in several films, most notably, The Naked Gun trilogy. But O.J. Simpson is not remembered as an actor or an athlete. He’s remembered as a homicidal maniac. Why? Because there are some things that people will never forget, no matter what you go on to achieve. Hardcore pornography is one of those things. Sasha Grey could go on to win five Oscars in a row, but she’ll always be remembered as the girl who sucked five dicks in a row. End of story.

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COMMENTS

  1. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Nick Carter

    I celebrate her entire body of work. Well, I haven’t seem the Girlfriend Experience yet. But I did see a short clip of Sasha on the internet where her sister went to get food for a Jewish soup that she was making, leaving Sasha and her boyfriend home alone for a little while. That was a very wonderful clip.


  2. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Brian Huntington

    Well, technically she’s a “real” actress and a porn star, she just sucks at both. (see what I did there?)


  3. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Mike

    Not sure “wigger” is a solid word to be using in an article


  4. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Yckamboy

    ohhhh ahh aaaaaa……..


  5. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Jake

    Why should it be a bad thing that people will remember her for being a PS? She doesn’t feel ashamed by her first career, you make it seem like we should put a scarlet letter on her. It’s 2011, who cares, let her do her thing and see where she goes. All you seem to do on screen junkies is hate on her, so maybe this is personal for you…?


  6. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Dfaslk

    Sorry, but … lucky porn star wins in a slam dunk. The girl is quite intelligent, but anyone with a shred of discernment can detect the distinct absence of a soul when Sasha Grey speaks.


  7. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    Suhel95

    hello how r u ? nice album