Interview with Bill Margold!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 by M. Dickinson
1) How long have you been in the industry? How did you get started? Have you had fun in the industry?
I have been involved in The Adult Entertainment Industry since the fall of 1971. I began as a writer and evolved in a multi-faceted participant ranging from actor (approx. 400 hardcore scenes in over 250 productions) to agent to activist as well as a scriptwriter and director plus creative coordinator and publicity manager for a number of companies and organizations. My response to the word “Fun” is “my whole career has been a vacation.” I am currently considered to be the X-Rated Industry’s Historian, but since I performed as well as took notes, I prefer to be called “The Practorian.” I have a monthly series in SWANK called “Those Were The Lays.” And I write a weekly column (Cinema Seen) wherein I review mainstream films but also manage to tell my life story at the same time for THE LAXPRESS, an alternative publication based in Hollywood, California.
2) Are you concerned with the rights of the adult industry to make and produce movies/web clips?
I have never been a believer in “rights” but rather I consider being in the Adult Industry “a privilege”…and it must not be taken for granted and must be fought for 25 hours a day. I have never hidden behind The First Amendment or wrapped myself in The American Flag.
3) Could you talk about what it is actually like on a set, as far as having ID, signing model releases, having an AIM test, etc? Have you seen or heard of anyone in the legitimate adult industry knowingly using minors in films or the web?
I think that people who blather around the word “pornography” are as clueless as they are uncool. I am proud to be part of The Adult Entertainment Industry and I stress the word “adult.” In fact I’d like to raise the age of entrance in X to 21 years old for all performers, thus eliminating even the slightest concept of “kiddie porn.”
4) Do you ever get offended by shows like South Park or Family Guy? What do you think about shows/writing that offends people?
It takes an awful lot to offend me. My favorite show on TV is “The Simpsons.”
5) What do you think about some of the stuff that pushes the limit in the adult industry, stuff like Max Hardcore, Kink.com, JM Productions?
The odds finally caught up with Max Hardcore and apparently with Rob Black and perhaps one day with the likes of JM Productions. They were and are mean-spirited tragedies waiting to happen as they defy the sensibilities of society and shatter the souls of those whom they subject to scenes that promote misery and degradation way beyond anything remotely associated with entertainment…or erotica. Back before the making of Explicit Adult Materials became legal in California (1988)…I unlocked quite a few zippers of the mind, but once we were Hal Freeman won his case…I figured that it was time to practice a little “common-sense-sorship.”
6) Have you ever been asked to do a scene or something on film that you thought was crazy and wondered if it was offensive/legal? What was it? Did you do the scene or the act anyway?
I have never been involved in any production where a performer got hurt or was subjected to anything that she (or he) didn’t fully consent to.
7) Why do you think America has such a fascination with sex and with regulating sex?
America’s fascination with sex stems from it still thinking that it is “naughty.” Many years ago, I said “If you cut a tit off you get an R-rating. If you kiss a tit you’ll get an X.”
8) A lot of people in the industry have told me that most the people in the industry don’t care about protecting free speech, or really about anyone other than themselves and their money. Do you think this is true? Do you think a lot of the people that are new to the industry care or have any concern about free speech and protecting the right to make movies?
Most people in X babble a good game about Free Speech while hoping that all of their competitors go out of business. My stance is “there’s no dollar sign in the word cause.” I believe that The Adult Entertainment Industry provides a masturbatory catharsis for the masses and to that extent I’ve never seen an adult production jump down from the shelf, run down the street and drag somebody home and force them to watch it. We provide a keyhole and the viewer willingly drops down to take a look, Remember…”In a society that is drug-infested, violence wracked and polluted by chemical greed…no one has ever died from an overdose of Pornography.”
9) What is the craziest thing you have done/or scene you’ve been in on camera?
I am notorious from creating eccentric scenes such as working with a couple of cooked chickens in 1981’s “Intimate Lessons” or inventing “The Margold Shot” (consuming my own ejaculation off of a co-star) back in 1979. My favorite role is that of Harry Baulls in “The Disco Dolls in Hot Skin”…a 3-D Xer that has been playing the midnight circuit since 1978.
Beyond anything that I have ever created…my greatest image is that of the ladies raising the American flag which I conceptualized in 1991 for the
Adult Video Association (which became The Free Speech Coalition a few years later).
10) Have you been involved with trying to change people’s opinions about the industry?
I have no intention of resting on laurels as that would only result in getting thorns in my ass. I would like very much to continue to live up to one of my mottos: “There is no future if in the present we fail to pay homage to the past.”
Thanks for the chance to join your “revolution.”
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