- Lex, how did you get started in the adult
I went to Syracuse University. I graduated in 1993. From '93 until
'98 I was a Wall Street Stock Broker. With one of the firms I
worked for, my office was located on the 36th floor of the World
Trade Center. If I hadn't gotten into porn and stayed in high
finance I would have been in those towers on September 11th.
In 1997 I started doing some regular mainstream modeling. Some
folks suggested I get involved with adult modeling so by March of
1998 I was in Los Angeles working in adult film. I completely gave
up finance because I said to myself, "Damn, I've always
wanted to do porno, and I can always fall back onto corporate
America." I went out to LA with enough money to sustain
myself for three months and the plan that, if I made it, great, if
not, I'd return to the Wall [Wall Street]. Things worked out!
- I'll say! Your many awards in the industry
include two-time winner of the AVN [Adult Video News] Male Performer
of the Year. What's the best part about being an adult entertainer?
I get to work with a huge number of beautiful women who are
between the ages of 18 and 22.
- (laughing) You got it made man!
Oh, yeah! I get to travel: I've literally been on 5 of the 7
continents. I've had women from all over the world, from Brazil to
Tokyo. You name it. When I do leave the industry, I'll take the
memories of the traveling with me. Those are the times I am able
to bond and get comfortable with the people I work with. That's
important because when that cameraman or director is shooting you
in a sex scene, you are at the utmost level of comfort and you can
do what you have to do in front of them in front on the camera.
- Has it ever been uncomfortable having sex on
Yes. I got my feet wet in New York prior to coming to LA. The big
difference between New York & LA for me was the volume of
work. In New York I was shooting one or two scenes a month. To do
one scene and to do it well, you think you're the man. But once
you move to the major leagues in Los Angeles, it's every single
day you have to prove your metal.
In NY, we always shot at the Waldorf Astoria and I always knew
the cameraman and the director: the only variable was the girl. In
LA, every single day it's a different girl, different director and
location, different variables. These are things that can really
throw some salt in your game.
- Sounds like a lot of pressure. What's the
worst part of being an adult entertainer?
The worst part is the risk to your life. Let's be frank. Everyone
is PCR-DNA tested every thirty days. But you are still rolling the
dice on a regular basis. How do I know that on any given day my
test will come back a "license to thrill" or a death
But Aids isn't the only problem in the business. Most of the
action is shot bareback [without condoms] and STDs are rampant.
I've been in this business 4 years; if I don't know what herpes
looks like, I don't know what the back of my hand looks like. I
don't have it, but, man, there have been several situations where
I have looked at a girl, said, "I don't know what THAT
is," and refused to do a scene. I was in Budapest, Hungary,
doing a scene on a golf course. The director and producer have
this girl, and her ass looks like it was on fire! I wasn't going
there for anything! I told them get another girl or put me on a
plane back to the States. I keep a watchful eye over my body.
Because of my job I have to consistently monitor my body.
- You've built a great physique. What are your
I work out 6 days a week. I focus a lot on cardio. I start with 2
miles on the treadmill. I'm not jogging- I'm doing a 7 & 1/2
minute mile. I do a lot of abdominal movements. Abs are the most
important muscle group in adult film next to one's dick. The
reason being is there are a number of positions wherein I'm able
to move my hips in a certain way and for a certain amount of time
because my abs are so strong. The ability for me to thrust my hips
with rapidity is based on the strength of my abs.
- What kind of exercises do you do for your
I do a lot of crunches, lots of hanging leg lifts. There's a
vertical crunch machine I really like. I train my obliques with
side-bends, grasping a 45-pound plate in either hand. I switch my
exercises up and never do more than 3 ab exercises on any given
- What about the rest of your body? Do you
prefer free weights or machines?
I focus a lot on curls and work with dumbbells. In the industry I
am able to do a lot of things other guys cannot do because I do
work out all the time. For example, if I take a woman into a
reverse cowgirl position [woman riding on top of man, facing his
feet] and I decide to stand up-that's tough to do! Most of these
women weigh anywhere from 100 to 125 pounds. When I curl I use the
Olympic bar with a 45 pound plate on each side. This way I am able
to curl women on camera and into various positions. My workouts
allow me to hold positions for 3 to 5 minutes compared to some
out-of-shape guy who can only hold a position for 30 seconds. That
gives the director a lot of great footage.
- A lot of the male actors in the industry look
I'm in the gym religiously at 7:30 every single morning. I wear a
skully, a nylon jacket over a sweat suit, sometimes with a vinyl
suit over that. I'm attempting to raise my body temperature to an
abnormally high rate.
- To burn fat?
Partly, but mainly because I will not experience a melt-down in
any circumstance on camera because of the lighting of a set.
People have to understand that on a set there are 4 or 5 big
lights and these things make you sweat. Many guys start to sweat
and they start to break down on camera and that can lead to loss
of an erection, which in my business is something to be avoided at
- I never even thought about that, man!
I'm a pro at this. I have to think about these things.
- Where do you train?
24-hour fitness in Northridge. Actually North Hills, California.
- There are some people who would say that all
pornography is violence towards women. What's your take on that?
There are certain productions that do cater to that and aim to
degrade and denigrate womanhood. There is a market for that and
these people are supplying that market. But that's not what I do.
What I do is sex. I work with Anabolic and Diabolic Video. Their
videos are not about degrading women. We're shooting the act of
sexual intercourse; it's not about brutalizing women. It is about
having sex with that woman in ways that the common man cannot. A
lot of guys watch me because they feel uncomfortable doing some of
the stuff I do on camera to his wife or girlfriend. I satisfy a
need these men have. I remember the Friday nights at home alone,
without female companionship. Make no mistake: I make movies for
men to masturbate to. I understand that.
- We thank you Lex!
Granted, if couples like it -- that's great! I fully understand
that, when I'm working, gentlemen out there are superimposing
themselves upon me, into the scene, so that they can enjoy the
scene. They live vicariously through me. Some guys watch
basketball. They can't be Michael Jordan, but they can watch his
games. You can't be Lexington Steele, but you can watch his
movies. On top of that, I have fans that look for me. I had my
favorite male stars when I was younger. I wouldn't rent a movie
unless a particular male actor was in it. Today I am that guy for
many men. I owe it to them to get my ass in the gym so that I
don't look slack in my movies.
- In bodybuilding the guys at the top do well,
but the guys at the bottom often have a rough time making a living.
Is it the same for male actors in heterosexual adult films?
I've been earning over 6 figures for 2 out of the 4 years I've
been in the business. But I'm lucky. There are maybe 4 or 5 guys
who make similar money in the business.
There are guys who make decent money because in porn you've got
guys who are established. They're working 3 or 4 scenes a week at
about $500 a scene. That's good money compared to the general
household income in the United States. All things considered
though, it's fast money. Fast money is easy-come, easy-go. So
these porn stars may not be living the sustained lives with strong
foundations that people earning similar money in quote-unquote
"legitimate" jobs are. I'll be honest with you man:
there is rampant drug use in this game!
- You mean recreational drug use?
Like you wouldn't believe. The tolerance for this is disgusting.
It's despicable how you can see a girl come into this business and
3 months later she's lost weight, her tits are deflated, her ass
is gone. I've seen guys in this business lose it all because of
drugs. My take is this: if you know a certain drug is going to
fuck up your livelihood, why do it?
- Right. Stay away from it!
Exactly. But this is a business that attracts people who are weak
minded. Take weak-minded people, fast money and the opportunity to
abuse recreational drugs and you've got a terrible combination.
People don't remember that there is life after porno.
- Your physique is your livelihood now.
I consider myself a pro athlete. I'm paid because of my body.
- Are you a religious man and if so, are there
any contradictions between being a religious man and being a porn
Yes, I am religious. I am Christian: Baptist. I grew up in as
close to a Cosby-show lifestyle as you can get. Doing porno, on a
repeated basis, I am committing adultery; I'm not married, so I'm
fornicating for a living; I'm paid to have sex, which means what?
I'm prostituting by definition. These are things I have to reckon
with with my God on a daily basis. I knowingly do these things.
My decision to do porno has forced me to take my religion
within: because of my job I am stronger in my relationship with
God, because now I take God with me everywhere I go; if I don't,
I'll fail! I didn't know that god blessed me with an abnormally
large penis that allows me to make porno. But I feel blessed. I
believe I am blessed because I am meant to please one woman for
the rest of our lives together. True, I haven't met her yet.
- Well, there's still time for that.
I believe that these things are happening, that my life is as it
is, because there is meaning and a plan and the outcome is that I
will be a better man for it and am thus blessed.
- Does your family know what you do?
Yes. My father passed in '99. My mom knows what I do. For a long
time I felt she didn't really understand the magnitude of what I
was doing. My first year or two, she thought I was doing HBO,
Cinemax, risqué-type T&A "porn." Emmanuelle type
I had to sit her down, Thanksgiving, 2000, and explain to her
that I'm not the guy you see at 11 o'clock on Cinemax. I'm the guy
that people go into the bookstore where people are told not to go
on the bad side of town. I'm that guy on that tape that the guy in
the trench coat wants to rent.
- How is your mom dealing with it?
She supports me. Her main concerns are that I don't get anyone
pregnant or get Aids. She appreciates the fact that I am open with
her. As I put it to her at the time, "I'm not a bad guy; I'm
the guy who does the things that are spoken of in hushed
tones." My position as adult icon does not necessarily lend
me mass public respect, but it is a position in which I know
people enjoy what I do. Do you know how good it feels when a guy
comes up to me and says, "My wife and I conceived our baby
after watching one of your films"?
- It must make you feel great. You told your
mom you weren't the guy seen on cable and, indeed, you aren't. Is
there racism in the adult movie industry?
Here's the breakdown: porno on cable is the next big thing. There
are areas in the country where you can't do mail-order porn, it's
a violation of state lines to mail it. Therefore the importance of
porn's access to cable networks in those areas is amplified
exponentially. So, if you're in a state where you can't get porno
at a video store, you can get it on cable.
Cable recognizes this and they also recognize that there are
areas in the United States where people won't subscribe to the
cable or pay-per-view if it features a black man having sex with a
white woman. The subscriber refuses to watch that on cable; the
cable operator doesn't purchase that movie from the distributor;
the distributor tells the movie company, "We're not going to
buy that;" the producer and director say, "We're not
going to hire Lexington" because they can't sell that film.
Yet I'm a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) actor and I have 75% of
the spoken dialog in the largest, most popular adult movie
produced in the year 2000. The film is Westside and it is gaining
fame internationally as a B-movie. The year before that I'm
performer of the year and take home the "Best Anal Sex
Scene" award. So, outta 15,000 releases, I'm deemed the best
performer in the business and I haven't done a dialog feature
production since Westside? Tony, if I was white I'd be on the
cover of every box from VCA, Wicked, Vivid, Adam & Eve, Metro
and Sin City [major big-budget porn companies]-but as it is, these
companies are opting for a policy of segregation by not
challenging the distributors.
- On your web-site you say you've also received
a lot of flack from fellow African-Americans who consider you
"a sell-out, an Uncle Tom and a Clarence Thomas." Why?
There is a crabs in a barrel mentality that the people in this
business operate by. I have been successful in this industry
because of what is between my legs but also because of what is
between my ears. My career has really accelerated in the last 4
years. There are people jealous of that. There are people jealous
because I won't work for peanuts. I won't work for $300. That
said, if I feel like I didn't earn my $800-$1,000 per scene, I
will discount my earnings. That's why directors in the industry
I am a black man but my degree of intimidation isn't very high.
I end up doing a lot of interracial scenes. Is it my fault these
companies are hiring me? No. You've got to see some of these guys
showing up for an audition: 40 in hand [alcoholic beverage],
sandals, button-down plaid shirt looking like they're about to
whip out a 9mm. In this industry, my work isn't based on black or
white but green [dollars]. If I'm going to make more money working
with a girl who looks like Britney Spears versus one who looks
like Janet Jackson, I'm going with the greener pasture. I opt for
the larger dollars because each time I perform I roll the dice as
far as my health is concerned.
- Let's talk about your diet and Liquid RX.
Everyone has room for improvement, and mine is when it comes to
diet. In the morning I take a couple Xenadrine and a Ripped Force
Fruit Punch. Then I'm working, so I don't have any appetite until
7 o'clock that night. For dinner I'll eat some chicken, fish,
rice, vegetables. When I eat, I eat clean and healthy. I stay away
from bread. Sometimes I go overboard and eat Chinese Food.
One of the supplements I use is Tribulus [Tribulus Terrestris].
It increases my penis' sensitivity. It makes you feel like you
have no skin on your penis!
Liquid RX is a sexual multi-vitamin in a tonic form [www.LiquidSteele.com].
It's not a magic pill; it's no sexual steroid. This product
contains hundreds of times the percentage of the daily recommended
allowance of the nutrients that are necessary for peak sexual
performance: zinc, ginseng, yohimbe, etc. But these are safe
levels. I think Liquid RX is as safe as creatine. It's important
to me as a sexual athlete that all these things are natural
substances. When I leave this game I want my body to be as healthy
as it was when I entered.
- Imagine it's one day in the future and you're
a father. Your son or daughter comes to you and says, "Dad, I
want to be a pornographic movie star." What would your reaction
In no way would I recommend this job to my best-friend, let alone
my children. Every day in this business you must decide to risk
your life. When I came into this business in '98, 5 women were
infected with HIV from one guy. It was a scary time. I would
positively forbid my daughter from working in this industry. There
is a measure of self-respect a sex performer gives away every
single time he or she is on camera. I wouldn't want anyone so
close to me to give away anything so important and valuable. When
I have kids I will instruct them that their bodies are temples,
and I don't want anyone walking up into and defiling their
- Is being a porn star rough on your romantic
Very much so. You know a lot of women who recognize me from my
films want to be with me. But my thing is, Hey, I do porno. Why do
these women who aren't involved in the business want to have sex
with me? Why do they want to knowingly risk their lives? I'm not
attracted to those women.
- How much longer do you have left in the
Can't say, but I will say this: when I retire I'm going out at the
top of my game. I stay on top by staying in the gym. I shit you
not, my workouts have given me a five year discount off my age:
I'm 30 years old looking like I'm 24 or 25.