Celebs Love Cameras

Daily News (New York)
Sports Final Edition Section: News; Pg. 6
November 16, 2003, Sunday LENGTH: 656 wordsBYLINE: BY TRACY CONNOR DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Celebs Love Cameras – IT’S XXX-ACTLY THAT

It’s not enough for some celebrities to make love to the camera at work – they have to do it in the bedroom, too. Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is just the latest straight-to-video star to have her privates made public.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, Rob Lowe and even the ’80s girl group The Go-Gos are some of the other famous stars who’ve been filmed in X-rated romps that provided more cheap thrills than a vibrating bed at an airport motel.

Hilton is said to be mortified that everyone can now view her sexcapades with producer Rick Salomon on the Internet, but experts told the Daily News that’s exactly why she and others go to the videotape in the first place.

“Part of what makes sex sexy is risk,” said Dan Savage, author of a syndicated sex column. “The riskier it is, the sexier it is. “If you know you’re being taped, you have sex differently – more enthusiastically – than if you weren’t,” said Barbara Keesling, a human sexuality professor and author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Girl Sex.”

It’s not as if Hilton can claim she didn’t know there’s a market for the boudoir films of the rich and famous. After all, Anderson is as well-known for her explicit home movie with Motley Crue rocker Lee as for her role on “Baywatch.” When a purloined copy of that tape surfaced in 1997 – courtesy of a cyber-pornographer – it practically spawned a cottage industry.

No sooner had Anderson and Lee sued the distributor than a tape of Anderson and an ex-lover, Poison frontman Bret Michaels, popped up.

Not to be outdone, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil sold his own one-hour video with porn star Janine to the same smut peddler a few months later.

Some psychologists believe the main impulse behind the sex tape phenomenon is narcissism.

“A lot of times people are so into themselves, they want to have a visual recording of what they’re doing,” said Stanley Teitelbaum, a Manhattan psychologist. “They want to bask in the glow of what was going on.”Ava Cadell, a sex therapist based in Los Angeles, agrees.

“It’s no coincidence that all the celebrities who tape themselves just happen to have perfect bodies,” she said. “They want people to see them, to see how sexy they are. They want people to say, ‘Wow, she’s hot.'” In the Hilton video, a naked Paris jockeys with her partner for, er, face time.

At one point, Salomon asks her which one is on the monitor. Hilton thrusts herself before the lens and declares: “Me!” She gleefully takes direction from Salomon, who coaxes her to climb on top of him and face forward so “they can see how pretty you are.”

Sexologists point out that millions of ordinary Americans preserve their posteriors for posterity – but there’s little risk of exposure for most of them.

R. Kelly, on the other hand, was slapped with child porn charges last year based on a video purporting to show the R&B raunchmeister urinating on a 14-year-old girl.

Lowe landed in trouble in 1988 for taping a 16-year-old girl in his hotel room during the Democratic National Convention. He had to perform community service and saw his career stalled for years.

Go-Gos singer Belinda Carlisle still cringes when she sees footage of her and her bandmates taking advantage of a male groupie. And honeymoon shots of Tonya Harding and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly didn’t exactly add luster to the ice skater’s image. Even Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, who sells his videos on his Web site, sounds sheepish talking about his eight-month foray into amateur porn in 2001.

“There was a lack of love in my life. I was finished with Duran Duran. I left England and moved to Los Angeles,” he said. “It was like entertainment, and I knew there were people out there who would be interested.” Hilton stands to make some money from her flick – if she can figure out who to sue. In the meantime, Savage urges her to take heart.