Wilton Manors’ Jon Galt, The Meryl Streep Of Gay Porn, Talks About His First Time

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Jon Galt at Island House Key West. Photo by Tony Adams.

Gay porn stars on a busman’s holiday or underwear models being shot poolside for ad campaigns are commonplace at Island House, the luxurious Key West clothing-optional resort for gay men.

That is where I crossed paths with Wilton Manors’ hunky Jon Galt, who caught more than my eye. He’s a gay porn star (meaning he stars in gay porn and he is gay) with a brain and a way of telling you stories that actually divert your eyes from all the candy below his neck.

Why is he called the Meryl Streep of gay porn? 

“I was making videos for Catalina Studio at the time,” Galt said. “They called saying, ‘Hey, we want to pair you with a hot beefy muscular cowboy from Texas,’ so I said OK.”

When I interrupt his story to ask him if he chooses which movies to do based on who his costars will be, he says, “Yes. I do porn for fun, not because I have to. I never left my career in event management. Besides, it’s hard to make a living doing porn. For me, it’s a hobby. In the old days, you could make $1,500 for your scene, but these days the pay is much less. I made and saved enough to pay for my Harley. I did it because it’s a great confidence-builder and ego-boost. Here at Island House, I really like socializing with guys who have seen me perform. I think of them when I do a scene. It has to be convincing for them. If I don’t have a strong physical connection to a co-star, it’s really hard to fake. I’m very black-and-white that way. You’ll feel it if I like you or if I don’t. These days, I only make videos co-starring my husband.” [Galt’s husband is the equally hot Vic Rocco who was soaking up attention in a large group on the far side of the pool.]

Galt gets back to the story. “I flew down to LA for the shoot but it turned out that the ‘hot beefy Texas cowboy’ was a pudgy Czechoslovakian who spoke almost no English. The script was unusually heavy on dialogue. After five minutes, the director called me into the kitchen of the house in which we were filming and said that things weren’t working, and would I assume the role that the other guy had been flown in for. I agreed on the spot. I thought, ‘Great, I was a theater major at UCLA. I’ll finally get to use some of what I learned!’ In five minutes I had the script memorized and I delivered such a performance that the whole crew applauded and proclaimed me the Meryl Streep of gay porn. That is my reputation, I am pleased to say.”

Galt also told me the story of his first time doing porn. A masseur-friend of his had his photo on the wall – harness, jock, very Folsom Street – when a client asked who he was. The client, an owner of Titan Media, wondered if Galt might be interested in doing porn.  Galt says he didn’t believe his friend when he called with the offer. “I was living in Vancouver and Titan wanted me to come to their offices in San Francisco. Because I was going there for work, I agreed. On my last day there, I went to their address before going to the airport. They asked if they could do some photos. I agreed, thinking they meant snapshots, but they said, ‘Great! Get naked. Get hard.’ They must have liked what they saw because they ran down the hall to the boss who said he loved the pictures and could I come back next week to do a movie. I said, ‘Whoa. Let’s pump the brakes here a bit.’”

“Three times they called with offers and each time I blew them off. One was for a hardcore leather and fetish thing. I told them I wanted to put a toe in the water, not jump into the deep end. I was surprised when they called me again, saying they wanted me for their annual big budget feature.  I knew that if I turned this down they would not call again.”

The shoot was in the desert outside Palm Springs in 105-degree heat. One of Galt’s scenes was interrupted by the arrival of the police. Naked he and his costar jumped inside a van while the director worked things out with the police. They moved the shoot to a secluded yard where Galt and his costar had to stand up against a corrugated steel wall. His costar passed out from the radiating heat – which is not a good reaction during sex – and had to be revived with water from a garden hose.

Galt chose a porn name that was atypical. He says, “I wanted to keep my first name because I was afraid that if someone on the street recognized me and said ‘Hey, Chance!’ I might not answer. I have always liked Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.” The protagonist is John Galt, and the first line of the book is ‘Who is John Galt?’ Rand may have been homophobic, or more accurately, subjectivist, but I like that book.”

Galt is also called the Susan Lucci of gay porn, but he says he will save that story for the next time we meet at Island House, and then he turns to greet his patiently waiting fans.


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