February 04, 2008 :: Exclusive Interview: Matt Woods

mattwoods.jpgIn a business where male performers are only as good as their last cum shot, Matt Woods has not only managed to succeed, he’s also one of the few to make the jump from performer to director. While stars like Michael Brandon, Chris Ward and Kristofer Weston waited until they were long in their careers to start directing, Matt Woods decided to jump behind the scenes when he was still just a twink performer. Directing films like “The Pup Grows Up,” “Straight Jeffrey’s Blond Boy Bitch,” and “Blond Boy Power Bottoms,” for Miami Studios sounds like a lot for a young star but for a driven guy like Matt it was the next logical step.

It was Matt’s drive and determination to do more than just perform that got John, owner of Miami Studios, to take notice. “I showed John a flick I did with my girlfriend,” Matt confessed in a recent interview. “He thought it was well done, so I began to fill in as director on days he was unavailable.” It would seem like a hard feat for one twink performer to direct another but according to Matt, “Directing is just another word for manager. The list of things you have to worry about is endless, besides a lot of young guys like being shot by another young guy.” Young guys that include his twin brother Mark Woods whom he’s not only directed but has also performed alongside. A daunting task for some but not for the young director.

“Truthfully neither of us thinks much about it, we never touch each other,” Matt tells about being on screen with his brother. “Besides I have the nicer ass, let him look if he wants,” he adds with a laugh. Appearing in a porn flick may not be a big deal for the Woods twins but according to Matt it’s not the same for others. “The Fisher twins get weird about it, and the Hawke twins? Ricky, the straight one, is fine with it but Randy, the gay one, that boy has issues generally with life.” Fortunately for Matt there are no issues with his twin brother Mark even when it comes to directing him. “It’s just like real life,” says Matt. “We are only minutes apart but I am physically bigger, so it’s like ‘Do it right Mark, the first time. Don’t even make me open this can of whoop ass on ya!’”

Whether it’s his brother or another performer, these days Matt is very content with just directing. “San Diego can get cold and John likes to shoot outdoors so when it comes to being naked when it’s 55 degrees while trying to keep wood or directing I would much rather direct.” Of course that doesn’t mean we won’t ever see him on screen as a performer. “I was a twink and I’m not now, however if I get my Navy 6 pack abs back I will.”

It’s exactly that Navy physique that opened the doors to a career in porn while he was still in the service. A decision that made headlines in 2006 when Matt, with the help from Miami Studios, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. Fortunately he has no regrets. “None at all. I was so close to getting out anyway that I was surprised this was even an issue. What mattered most was that Miami Studios stood behind me with money and lawyers. They knew what they did was legal, and they stood firm, rather than abandon a model to court martial and jail time.” With his Navy troubles behind him Matt is ready to concentrate all of his efforts on his future endeavors.

Having just released an Asian movie “Like White on Rice,” for his own studio, Rising Son Films, Matt already has plans for a military line called Fireworks as well as a twink bareback line. Ever the director his vision is already set in place. “All three lines will become way more fetishy, foot stuff, rimming, smoking, uniforms, etc. and story lines. Just no cheesy soundtracks laid over the guys talking.” Aside from his own ventures Matt also has hopes of doing a co-production with Treasure Island, Hot Desert Knights and would even like to do a condom flick with Chi Chi LaRue.

With so many projects on the horizon it’s a wonder Matt has any time for anything else but like any popular performer he will always have time for his fans. “My sincere thanks to the incredibly loyal and classy people who have bought my films and written such nice notes over the years.” And if you want to be one of those thankful fans make sure to let him know by dropping him a line at mattwoods@yahoo.com



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