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Richard Mann Interview: From Swinger to Porn Superstar

For Richard Mann, being your true authentic self is key to success as a pornstar. He’s been living out that philosophy ever since he first joined the industry over a decade and a half ago. Go behind the scenes with Mann in this new interview, exclusive to the Adult Empire Blog!

Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get into porn?

Well, I was born and raised in San Francisco California . . . raised as a only child. Great childhood. Currently, I live a simple life with my wife.

I got into porn through swinging. I was in a bad marriage for like 16 years and starting swinging to get the kind of sex I wanted. I got real popular among single ladies and couples. When the marriage broke up, one of the husbands said he knew someone who knew someone in porn and that he could tell him about me if I wanted. I said yes but really brushed it off. That was until I got a call from Brandon Iron and West Coast Productions. I went to Socal, did a rotten shoot for Brandon and kicked ass at West Coast Productions. Later that same person said he knew someone who knew someone who knew Shane Diesel. I blew that one off as well until Shane called me and said he mentioned me to his boss and that the boss wanted me to come down and do a few shoots and if the shoots worked out, he’d offer me a year contract. I went down, did three shoots and was offered a contract, which lasted three years.

Do you remember the first time you ever encountered porn?

Yes and no. When I was young, my parents owned a few rental properties. One of the properties had become vacant and we had to go get it ready to be rented out. I was put in charge of cleaning up the garage. In it, I found a stack of Penthouse mags about two feet high, all in perfect condition, among a filthy, greasy garage. I stashed them in the trunk, took them home, cut out all the nude pics, got a binder and made my own porno mag. Later my grandfather found where I hid it in the basement. He gave it back to me and told me I need to hide it better or grandmother would find it.

How would you characterize your personal approach to porn (as both a performer and director)?

My goal is to always please the woman I’m working with and to perform and give the fans what they want, hardcore porn. As far as directing, I like to tell the talent what I’m looking for and let them give it to me the best way they can. No scripts, all adlib so it flows better. I also want it filmed right so in most cases I film it myself, although I am surrounded by great cameramen.

Is there a movie or scene you consider a particularly good introduction to your brand?

I wish I could say one but most of my scenes are along those lines with is fast pace/hardcore.

What genres do you particularly enjoy shooting?

I really love doing it all. Although people associate me more with interracial, I love shooting all races of women. All that matters to me is that the scene is fire.

Take us through the casting process for a Richard Mann Productions movie.

Well, the first thing I do is look through her social media to see what work she has done and to try and gauge what type of personality she has. A lot of people say they “pornstars” these days yet you can’t see any of their work anywhere. And I don’t wanna work with anyone who is a asshole. I want people to show up in a good mood, treat others good, and know how to fuck.

What’s the biggest key to generating onscreen chemistry with your many co-stars?

I’d say it’s to just be yourself. No matter who you are, just be you. Don’t try and be a jock if you are a nerd, and vice versa. Just be you, great other with respect and it will be good.

You are, of course, known to fans and co-stars for being notably well endowed! What are the biggest upsides and downsides of a genetic gift like that?

Biggest is I get to make good money, be my own business man, and the freedom, and I get to bed some of the nastiest sluts on the planet. Downside? I honestly can’t think of one. Sorry!

Porn is notorious for its many labels and categories. Are there any labels that you find limiting, or that you wish would go away? In contrast, are there some that you fully embrace?

Only thing I wish to go away is the categories themselves. Fucking is fucking. For example, I’d love to be able to put on a DVD mixed races and sizes etc. I can but it’s still frowned upon.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the industry since your career began?

I’d say porn going from only companies can do it to anyone being able to do it. When the internet came along, it changed the porn game. Porn is a very DIY industry these days, although a lot of talent are stuck in the past as far as thinking that if you don’t shoot mainstream, you are not a pornstar. What the internet also did was free porn, which makes it harder for the DIYer to earn.

What’s the most difficult thing about being a male pornstar in the business today?

Finding female talent that are on the DIY way of thinking.

Have there been any stars, new or old, who you’ve particularly admired or looked up to as role models?

I admire anyone who can get in and do this work, especially men. It’s not easy for a guy to get wood and keep it when on set with a lot of different people. Any guy that can do that is my hero. And women who are shameless and proud to be doing what they are doing, proud of their bodies and sexual skill.

Most male pornstars are frequently asked, “How do I become a pornstar?” How do you usually respond to such inquiries?

I tell them to pick up a camera, find a chick, shoot it, and post it to sell. Most don’t like that answer because it’s not the answer they are looking for. They want me to say ‘Hey, come on in, I got the top chick in porn for you to shoot and you gonna be a big star and make a million bucks.” That’s what they want me to say. Being it’s not the answer they wanna hear, they dismiss it and ask another.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not on set?

Love watching movies, smoking plenty weed, and hacking.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021 and beyond?

To keep on doing porn and to expand. I want to buy companies.

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