Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A correction regarding the state of Ron Jeremy's career

In the course of yet another post about Moby's "We Are All Made of Stars" video, I said the following:

While JC Chasez was certainly of current interest, others such as Kato Kaelin and Gary Coleman were more famous for past accomplishments, and significant portions of the MTV audience probably didn't know who Ron Jeremy was; as DeFresno put it in her post, "Ron Jeremy is hardly a household name among fifteen-year-olds of today." Well, let's hope not.

This post elicited a comment from someone identified as "3bproducer":

Actually a lot of teens know who Ron Jeremy is. Be sure to check out his first mainstream starring role in the new movie, "Beaches, Buns and Bikinis." Ron easily steps into a similar role played by comedian Morey Amsterdam in the 1960's "Beach Party." Ron portrays a wise beach sage who owns the coolest hotdog stand on the beach and dispenses love advice to the young.

(Insert foot-long hotdog joke here.)

The commenter, who is presumably either Matt Jenkins or Charles Stanley, provided a link to the movie's website, http://www.beachesbunsbikinis.com/. The site includes a synopsis of the movie:

In this epic tale set in an industrial wasteland, the sights and sounds of music and metal heads moshing beach side emanate as CRAB SHACK SAMMIE, self-proclaimed king of the beach, announces it to be another perfect day. Crab Shack Sammie gets one of his employees to wear a new hot dog costume to help promote his hot dog stand. He knows the hot dog is a beachin' good luck charm whose presence will bring love and posterity to the beach. Arriving late to the beach party, CASPAR discovers he has lost his one true love, RUBY, to his nemesis LITTLE BIG MIKE. An unknown thief steals the magical hot dog suit resulting in bad luck descending on the beach. Afflicted by this bad luck, Caspar realizes he must act quickly to get his girl back and recover the hotdog suit so good fortune will return to the beach.

I don't know enough about movies to know if the comparison to the Funicello-Avalon beach movies (Morey Amsterdam played a supporting role) is appropriate, but the one clip that I watched on the website is certainly evocative of that innocent time.

Speaking of innocence, I ended up looking at Ron Jeremy's blog, which includes a post written after the death of Gary Coleman. While both Jeremy and Coleman appeared in Moby's aforementioned video (although they appeared in separate segments), it turns out that they worked together at other times, including the Weakest Link and the Surreal Life. Jeremy had this to say about Coleman:

“Getting to know Coleman wasn’t easy,” Ron Jeremy told AVN. “Gary was very serious sometimes. … If he didn’t know you, he’d say hi and just keep walking. … He didn’t want to spend a lot of time with people he didn’t know.”

Underneath that shy exterior was a playful soul. “He loved toys,” Ron Jeremy said. “He didn’t experience a real childhood,” he added, as explanation for why Coleman found such satisfaction in such pursuits as playing with model trains.

And unlike the Moby video, in which they appeared separately, Jeremy and Coleman appeared together in Kid Rock's "Cowboy" video (beginning at the 2:30 mark; embedding disabled by request).
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