Porn star Mr. Marcus lives the life you only wish you could. He has sex with beautiful women all day in exotic locations, making more money than you do in your cubicle. As a mainstream celebrity, he’s revered by men and praised by women. Hell, even your mom is probably a fan. He’s been in Booty Talk #1-669, he’s been in Karrine Steffans, and now he’s in Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Magazine. OZONE caught up with him for a candid interview to prove he’s more than just a “walking dick.”
You got a lot of attention at the club last night. Do you get approached more by guys or girls?
It seems to be everybody. Guys [approach me] because I’m a black dude making porn, so that’s a given. When women come up to me, that says something. That says that she’s a consumer. She’s a consumer because sexuality is a need. It’s just like going to buy milk. They need that shit. Porn sells because we need that shit. I can’t see it being any other way. What I wanna do with people is make them better at sex, obviously.
You seem to be one of the most well-known porn stars, even among mainstream Americans who aren’t necessarily porn aficionados. You’re kinda like the Snoop Dogg or Lil Wayne of the porn industry. How do you think you’re able to have that broader appeal?
Effort. Nothing but effort. You get into something and start in one market and blend into another market out of effort and the desire to be more than what you are. That’s really where it started. I was fuckin’, but I hated the way they treated me cause I was fuckin’. Some people treated me really bad. It would come down to [the attitude of], “You’re fuckin’, and that’s all you’re doing. You’re a walking dick.” That’s what people who never met me would say. I was doing a radio interview with a lady and they were recording it. They sent me the audio later and there was a time when my phone had got disconnected so she didn’t know it was still recording, but she was still talking. She said, “Oh, he’s just a walking dick.” I thought, there’s a lot of girls out there who wouldn’t mind having a walking dick. They know what to do with that muthafucker!
Most guys wouldn’t mind being just a “walking dick.” Why is respect so important to you?
It doesn’t really bother me. I know I’ve got more going on than that, but you wouldn’t know it til you actually sit down and talk to me.
Are you more fascinated with the sex or with the business of the porn industry?
The business, definitely. But I like the sex and I feel like I’m pretty good at it. (laughs) Being from the streets and trying to do shit differently, you learn a lot of things. You learn how corporate [sales] works. You learn about marketing and what territories and quarterly sales mean. They don’t tell you that shit if you’re a nigga that’s [just fuckin']. That’s what I’ve been learning.
Is there a difference between sex on the job and sex in your personal life?
My personal sex life is as interesting as the porno shit. (laughs) And it’s a hell of a lot more challenging. It’s a lot of creativity. There used to be a time when I thought this shit would fuck me up, but sexually I think I still learn things. I try to apply what I know and be open to learn some more. I learn about sex from every person I’m with. You do too. Everybody you fuck will teach you something. Bad things, good things, things you like, things you don’t like, things you wanna be better at, things you wanna do yourself.
What are the ingredients of a good porno?
Passion, commitment, and thoroughness. See it through, everything, even in porn.
If you could do a scene with any female celeb, who would it be and what would be the storyline?
I’ve got this thing for Regina King. She always seems to have a strong sense of self, and I like that in a woman. [In our porno], I’d be a football player trying to renew my contract. I’m kinda frustrated cause I can’t get respect. I’m hangin’ in there cause the agent I got is so dope. Regina comes over to me and says, “It’s okay, Marcus. You’re the man.” (laughs)
Looking back in American culture and seeing how much more open society has become sexually, do you think that 30, 40 years from now porn will be mainstream?
Nah. The porn industry has a certain element to it that’s like, it’s “bad.” It’s “naughty.” It’s always relegated to the back of the store. I think for that reason alone it’ll never truly have mainstream appeal. And there’s a difference in quality. Porn will never match the quality of mainstream features. There’s few people in the industry that really have the eye or determination to create the integrity that’s needed. It takes time [to create quality] and in porn it’s all about quick money.
What’s your approach to teaching your kids about sex?
You know what I’ve learned? People don’t learn about sex from their parents. Just give it up. Stop disillusioning yourself to think that you’re gonna sit there and explain and get your kids to understand about sex as a parent. It’s difficult. The things we know about sex [are things] that I guarantee our parents didn’t teach us. We kinda learned it on our own. Real shit. I think the best thing to do is inspire them to make better choices. Some chicks get with the wrong dude, and some guys get with the wrong chick.
Since you’re a pretty recognizable porn star, does it make it harder or easier to hook up with normal women?
Girls are horny as fuck and they don’t care if you’re a porn star or not. You just better be good at it. (laughs)
You mentioned in another interview that you’ve given your wife STDs. How prevalent is that in the porn industry?
It’s prevalent with people who are just getting into the business and have never had an STD test. They catch a lot of things because normal people are not getting tested, and when they finally do get tested they probably are positive. That’s why diseases are so prevalent. Sexual diseases are rampant, to be honest with you. We’re human beings and we don’t listen [to the warnings]. So when I gave it to her, yeah, that was a mistake. That was a strike [against me]. So I just try not to do it again.
Do you think it’s safer to fuck a porn star or a regular person?
I would say it’s safer to fuck a porn star, but I’m biased. We get tested monthly.
Wasn’t there an HIV scare not too long ago?
Yeah, Darren James. It’s unfortunate. When he tested HIV positive it was public [knowledge]. His name and picture was all over the media. Another dude [before that] had faked his test. He was HIV positive and continued to work [in the porn industry] and infected a bunch of people. The media was nowhere around when that happened.
How long do you see yourself being in the porn industry? Do you plan on moving behind the scenes or doing different things?
I hope to do better things. I don’t wanna just do porn. Change is good, but growing is even better. I’m a different person than I was a couple years ago. I’ve got a lot more control and give things a lot more thought. I’ve got a lot more commitment.
And you’ve got your clothing line coming out too, right?
Daddy Inc. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy. That’s my clothing line. The goal is to get it in stores, and I’ve just realized how possible that is. People were telling me that in the beginning and I was like, “Yeah, right.” This is just something I’m developing as I go, but yeah, just recently the opportunity came to actually put it in stores. I’ve gotta tighten up a few things and get my logo trademarked so I can make it official.
T-Pain came through your AVN afterparty last night. Are there any other rappers you’ve become cool with? Are you thinking of branching off into Hip Hop?
I’m not gonna be a rapper. I could probably rap my ass off if I wanted to, but I peep game. I appreciate them cause I’ve always been a big fan of Hip Hop.
Do you get drunk or high to loosen up to do a scene?
How do you bring out that passion that you need to do the scene?
Imagination. We’ve all got it and we all use it differently. The way we dress is imagination and the way you think about somebody is your imagination, so why not use it when you’re fuckin’ them?
Do you ever get carried away? Does your imagination run wild in everyday life at the grocery store or something and you just come up with a crazy fantasy?
I’m having one right now.
I’m afraid to ask.
Right. (laughs) You don’t wanna know.
Is there a sense of – you can never go back to normal life? Do you ever regret getting into the business for that reason?
Yeah, I’ve realized that within the last year or so. I couldn’t just go get a normal job. Things have started to change. People know who I am now, and I have no clue who they are. Literally, I’ll be in Buttfuck, Egypt, in the desert, and I pull up to the gas station and a dude is like, “Aren’t you..?” It’s crazy.
Well, you could shave the goatee off.
Yeah, I already know. Shave the goatee off, take the hat off, put on some glasses, and you’re damn right. Mr. Marcus is gone.
What goes on behind the scenes of a porn video set? Have you ever seen something go down that shocked you, or are you to the point where nothing could surprise you?
Nothin’ but debauchery. I mean, I’m not numb. People say and do the craziest shit. It’s all love. I just realize how unique we are by what they do. People have fetishes. I can’t tell you how many fetishes niggas have tried to include me in, and I was like, â€œNah, I’m good.â€ I’ve got my own [fetishes]. I’m solid. I see how they do. Freakaholics!
Since OZONE is a rap magazine, what would you say are some good rap songs to put you in the mood?
Well, to put me in the mood it’s gotta be R&B. But if I had to choose rap, the perfect soundtrack for a porno would be N.W.A all the way. Anything with Eazy E in it would fit. One of the best fucks I ever had was listening to Janet Jackson, the last album she did. It was phenomenal. We just turned it on and by the time we were done the CD was over. I like Ne-Yo, too. I’m glad he came along. I love R&B. I grew up listening to Ready For The World and Guy, and catching the tail end of Marvin Gaye’s career. I was split between total gangsta shit like N.W.A and DJ Quik, all those West Coast artists, and the jheri-curl Ready For The World, New Edition R&B side. All in the same package. That’s pretty much who I am; I’m both.
Do you think the attitude towards porn in the black community is different than in the white community?
Hell yeah. Blacks in the industry just want respect. They wanna be acknowledged. It’s funny because within the industry it’s kinda like a middle-of-the-road type love. Within the industry, racism is prevalent. But outside the business, my direct connect is with other blacks. The support doesn’t really come from the white cats. It surprised me at the AVNs that a big burly white dude came up and said, “Yo, I love you, man.” That shows the reach. The support for black porn and black performers is strong, but we didn’t get that support from the industry. It comes from an even better place outside the industry. At the AVNs, the same white guys will win [awards] over and over again. When Lexington Steele won [Performer of the Year] three times in a row, that was rare as fuck.
How are the AVN winners selected?
The editors of the [AVN] magazine and the film reviewers select the winners; the people who watch movies all year long. Companies submit their product to be reviewed and they whittle it down. Then, somewhere along the line, politics definitely plays a part. That’s where the racism comes in.
So there’s actually people who review porn for a living? I’m sure some of our readers would like to apply for that job.
A friend of mine has a [business] card that says, “Will watch porn for food.” (laughs)
The guys in the office – who came up with half of these interview questions, by the way – have put together a list of your female porn counterparts so you can rate their skills.
I don’t know if rating female [porn stars] is my thing.
You don’t want to say anything bad about them and then have to fuck them?
I’ve done that before. It’s a foot-in-my-mouth thing. But it’s genuine; they’ve all got something. If the guys in the OZONE office know who they are, they’ve done their job already. It’s not really about whether I rated them or not. They’re standouts already, definitely. It’s all about preference. Some of the girls I wouldn’t necessarily make a beeline for [in real life] but if it’s in a work environment, I’m gonna make sure I’m connected. I’m gonna find something [about them] to connect with.
What porn star would you make a beeline for in real life?
I got little fetishes. I like brunettes. I like Sophia Santi. She’s sexy. I like Jenaveve Jolie. A real porn fan will know exactly who they are. They’re not big [names] so not everybody knows who they are, but they’re so fuckable. They want to [fuck], and that alone is why you make that beeline.
Do you ever develop feelings for your co-stars?
Sophia Santi. I had feelings for her and still do. A lot of the girls I do. Once I establish a relationship it’s usually on solid ground, so I know I can build on that. In our industry we go right to the sex, and the crazy thing is that most [women] know more about me than I know about them. So I have to develop some kind of connection to build on.
So you’re learning about each other afterwards. You have sex and then it’s like, “What was your name again?”
Yeah, it’s all backwards. “So, what does your mom do for a living?”
Do you have to put in a lot of time at the gym to keep up your physique?
I work out a couple times a week. It’s a lifestyle. You have to incorporate it into your life, and you do it without thinking. I realize now that I actually feel better after I work out. I feel better about the day and a lot of things.
It’s easy to see why a guy would want to have sex for a living, but for females, often the assumption is that they must have been abused or raped or had something bad happen to make them want to be a porn star or stripper or prostitute. Do you think that’s accurate?
No. Sometimes it’s just misguided [ambition]. They’re lost and they don’t know. They come into the business thinking it’s gonna be one thing, and finding out something different. For some of them it’s a traveling course. If you looked into the history of [some of them] you’d probably find abuse, but there are also people who are abused that don’t get into the porno business.
Maybe this is a gay question, but who are some rappers that you think would make good porn stars? Like, if you started your own production company, who would you want to hire?
Well, as far as R&B, obviously Ray J. Maybe Too Short. Too Short is a freak. He’d be good. DJ Quik would be pimp too. Tupac definitely woulda been a great porn star.
Those would be some incredible post-humous DVD sales.
Right. If the Tupac sex tape emerged right now it’d kill the game. (laughs) Oh my God.
The internet has obviously hurt the music industry. Do you think it’s helped or hurt the porn industry more? It’s obviously made porn more accessible to the mainstream, but is it hurting DVD sales?
It’s “piracy” in music terms, but with porn, there were websites that would rip the scenes and post them up for free so cats didn’t have to buy the movies. People like free shit on the internet - isn’t that a revelation? The way they’re trying to stop it is by encoding it and giving them more value for their money. Something Larry Flynt said at the AVNs is that the quality has to step up. If the movies were quality from beginning to end, they’ll be able to make money.
Larry Flynt and Joe Francis asked for a $5 billion dollar bailout. I think the intent was sarcastic, but what do you think? Does the porn industry need a bailout?
Yeah, we can use that five billion fuckin’ dollars. We know just what to do with it. The same thing everybody else does â€“ spend it on sex. We’ll have an AIG-style retreat and make it a big party.
When you started out, did you think this would become your career?
Nah, I didn’t think it was a career. They were like,”Do you wanna come have sex with this girl?” I’m like, “I’m on my way. Where do I need to go?” (laughs)
Before you started getting paid for sex were you secretly taping your exploits?
That’s one thing I remember about Justin [Slayer] that caught my attention. Before he entered the business he was making his own private movies. He’d go to swinger parties and just have sex and film it. Fuck it. I wasn’t that way, but I think more people are doing that now. The cameras got smaller and muthafuckers got freakier. I remember my boy, when he first got his own place, the first thing he did was set up a camera inside the closet on a tripod with the door cracked just a little. He showed me the whole thing. I thought that was crazy.
Did Superhead live up to her name? Was it the best head you’ve ever had, or is she overrated?
I’d have to say she’s overrated. It was just the way [our scene] was captured. We shot it and it wasn’t the complete scene, it was totally busted. But they decided to put it out anyway. She likes to suck dick; she really does. But she does it because she’s out to prove something; prove her [reputation]. That’s what happened.
Do you think there’s a difference between porn stars, strippers, hookers – the whole adult genre? And do you have more or less respect for those professions?
Porn stars are the best hoes in the world because they like to fuck, they will fuck, and they like to do it for the camera. They’re into the upkeep; the makeup, the hair, the wardrobe, the whole presentation is to fuck.
Since you’re married -
That’s right, I am. Fuck. I forget sometimes.
…Is your wife allowed to do her thing on the side too or is it one-sided?
It’s not one-sided. But it’s not encouraged. (laughs) I don’t stop her from doing anything she wants to do. I encourage her to do anything she wants. That’s the rule. You can go wherever you want and stay out however late you want, but don’t bring shit home. We have that mutual respect and we have that same respect at the house. When we’re home, it’s our home.
Have you had any bad sex experiences?
A whole bunch of ‘em. One girl had an odor. But you fuck her anyways, cause the odor goes away eventually. (laughs) That happened pretty early on [in my career] and it was for a movie. That’s when I knew it was all about the upkeep.
We’ve seen women like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian become famous just because they had a sex tape. Do you think the obsession is the fact that it’s more authentic than a staged porno?
I think it’s just part of the fantasy. [Men] already have the fantasy and now it’s completed. The dick and the pussy. It’s all about the dick and the pussy. (laughs)
Do you have any advice for amateur celebrity porn stars and how they can make their next tape bigger and better?
To be real with you, I thought Ray J did a pretty good job. He didn’t have nobody but him filming. I’ve been there, done that. Kim was just there. That’s a great fuck though. I know it’s a great fuck cause you just fuck away, and she looks good. Yeah, man. I was rooting for him.
So women really don’t have to do anything for it to be a great fuck.
Yeah. You know that. Most women are just happy to get a [guy with a] hard-on that lasts longer than five minutes who puts in work. It’s funny when I fuck a girl and she fucks me back. I feel like that’s the way she was trained; somebody taught her that. “Move your hips, fuck me back, throw it on me, go hard, swallow it,” all that talk and all that encouragement sticks with you through your partners. So, how are you sexually? What’s your thing?
Trying to flip the interview on me, huh?
Do you like sex?
Of course. Who doesn’t?
Alright. How do you like your sex?
Wouldn’t you like to know.
Yeah, I would. You remind me of someone I know that’s very sexual. What makes you wanna fuck somebody?
Right, the verbal sparring. (laughs) //