Thomas Jane Traded Sex for Sandwiches

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Most of the time when celebrities give interviews promoting new projects nothing of note is revealed. Actors are extremely adept at voicing a steady stream of platitudes so as to avoid stirring up unwanted controversy. It’s one of the reasons why they come across as vacuous and dull.

However, on occasion, these normally guarded thespians throw caution to the wind and admit they used to trade sex for food while growing up homeless on the streets of Santa Monica. Like say, Thomas Jane, who implied to the LA Times this past weekend that he dabbled in male prostitution as a young man.

Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?

Sure, Tommy, I know exactly what you mean. Who among us hasn’t blown a dude for a pastrami on rye? Jane continued.

You’re a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way.

Gay sex or advanced training for a career in acting? I’m going with the latter. But were these titillating experiments educational?

Yeah, absolutely. It blew the doors off of my conventional upbringing and thinking and opened up possibilities for me that were akin to World War III. And then you actually have a choice, and I chose to be a heterosexual guy because that’s what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am.

Huhhh, huhh, huh, he said blew. Considering Jane has starred in such titles as Deep Blue Sea, Junked, Jonni Nitro, The Sweetest Thing, The Punisher, Dark Country, Hung and The Redeemer, it’s not surprising he used to engage in sweaty man-on-man action. Hey, a guy has to eat, right?

[LA Times via Vulture]