Answered Prayers: The Actor

Featuring Levi Karter, Levi Michaels, Liam Riley & Tayte Hanson

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Released: 02/11/2015 Categorized Under: Body Hair, Mini-Series, Specials & Goodies!, No Ink Featuring: Levi Karter, Levi Michaels, Liam Riley & Tayte Hanson

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Director's Note from Jake Jaxson: My "gay" education happened at the base of a long wooden bar, in the Bourbon Pub, the iconic gay bar in New Orleans, perfectly situated on the corner of Bourbon Street and Saint Ann. While sipping a gin and tonic, it was the perfect spot to watch the rows of television screens playing the videos of the day -- Liza, RuPaul, Boy George, and Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" (YIKES! LOL) -- but one night, I saw something that forever changed me.

There was a man who looked like something out of a Baroque space-age movie singing opera. It was Claus Nomi, singing "The Cold Song", from Purcell's "King Arthur." I had never seen anything like it. I was transfixed, confused, jealous, joyful, and sad all at once. I wanted to dress like him. Sing like him. Command attention like him. At that moment, I wanted to be HIM. Me, a hunting, fishing, conservative white boy, felt the need to transform and become more than what I was at that moment.

After that night, I read and devoured everything I could about Claus -- and this is before there was the Internet. I would sit in the Tulane Library and look up magazines and newspapers to read as much as I could about homo punk rockers, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and all the goings-on of NYC nightlife, absorbing it all and day dreaming about "what it would be like."

CUT TO: Finally making it to NYC and living in the city I once only dreamed about... and then came the reality check. Living and surviving in New York was not as fabulous and glamorous as I day dreamed. In fact, I was met by the overwhelming sense of collective consciousness, everyone being powered by fear and survival.

And it is that same energy that filled this project. Fear and survival.

Many of you know that this project was born from a breakdown with Jett Black, something that upset me greatly at the time. But now as the hands of time ticked by and have passed, I've worked to understand my upset and anger and I now have a greater understanding and gratitude toward what happened. This project has been a blessing to me and many who were a part of making it. And I have come to understand and realize that Jett was doing what we all do every day -- trying to survive at a time when fear clouded his mind. Fear and survival -- it makes us both weak and strong.

As I was preparing to shoot The Actor, I went back to my original transformation inspiration, Claus Nomi, and watching on YouTube that performance I had seen 20 years before. Tears streamed down my eyes as I reconnected to the same feeling I did so long ago. But in that moment, I could do what I could not then -- Google and Wikipedia my inspirational force. And then I read this...

"In the last several months of his life, Nomi changed his focus to operatic pieces; to fit, he adopted a Baroque era operatic outfit complete with full collar as his typical on-stage attire in this time frame. The collar helped cover the outbreaks of Kaposi's sarcoma forming on his neck, one of the numerous AIDS-related diseases Nomi developed toward the end of his life."

Fear and survival.

Like so many artists and creative beings, Nomi, facing death, would not allow his failing body to limit him. In fact, he transformed once again, pushing the limits of himself, creating something so inspiring and beautiful. An inspiration once again, at a new time when I'm able to fully understand and pay respect.

Today, I work with an amazing group of people -- all from many walks of life and situations. Many of whom I love and work with have at one time faced struggles I can not imagine. I often question how they have survived.

Fear and survival.

And now, as I complete this creative journey, I am forever grateful to the 16 amazing young men who acted in these films, in working together, they all shared with me and allowed me to at times connect to the fear they often face, battle, and use to survive. It is in their journey that I have come to realize that how we face our fears is how we survive. Face your fears in the light of day and you can see what's ahead. Face your fears in the dark and you will see nothing.

Thank you for allowing my indulgences and I love you all.

Always,

Jake Jaxson

Scene Description: Jake Jaxson's wildly erotic morality play ANSWERED PRAYERS comes to its grand conclusion in this final installment, The Actor. Equal parts mysterious, sexy, thought-provoking, and satisfying, the series introduces us to one final human archetype after the Banker, the Healer, the Bully, the Lamb, and the Redeemer for one thrilling finale.

The Actor (Tayte Hanson) is a struggling thespian dealing with the ups and downs of becoming a working actor when he inexplicably gets caught in the throes of an ancient family battle made worse by The Lamb (Levi Michaels), a once gifted orphan boy who saw the demise of both Jinks and Moloch. Now equipped with their otherworldly powers, he has escaped his first death and become and made flesh. However, The Lamb is aging rapidly with his powers limited to that of his aging body. While powerful, his mind is still provoked by fear and madness, and he finds his strength and comfort by provoking and consuming the fears of man. The Bully (Chris Harder) returns as one of his victims, himself filled with fear and shame as he faces continued upset for his hypocritical double life, and The Actor is set to be next. But not before Puck (Levi Karter), the son of Jinks, has a chance to stop him.

Using slick and subtle powers of his own, Puck connects to the better nature of The Actor while The Lamb seeks to harvest him for the all-consuming fear that lay beneath. However, The Lamb's confounding ways are unexpectedly tried and tested, and as a result, the balance of the light and the dark brings both an end and a new beginning.

Answered Prayers Collector's Edition DVD Now Available!

Get the Answered Prayers DVD at our partner retailer TLAGay.com! Just like the series, the Answered Prayers collector's edition 3-disc DVD has been a long time in the making. Beautifully designed and stuffed not just with the entire AP series on disc – The Banker, The Healer, The Bully, The Lamb I & II, The Redeemer, and The Actor – this DVD set brings you plenty of other goodies too: a classic blooper reel, bonus scenes, The Making of Answered Prayers documentary and an Answered Prayers booklet with your very own set of character trading cards and stickers!

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UTA on 02/12/2015 How does one move on from such brilliance? Amazing. Matthias on 02/12/2015 This is simply brilliant! No more words necessary. WLGP on 02/12/2015 Bitter Sweet. Is sad to see such a great series come to an end but what a fabulous note to end it on. Beautiful performances and such an amazing story very well told. Bravo!!! JustMe on 02/12/2015 Stunning. Exquisite. Genius. Thank you. Vince on 02/12/2015 Hard to know where to begin. This was an incredible scene (movie, episode? Not sure what to call it.) It was very well done throughout. I could go on and on about several aspects, but would mostly like to focus on the incredible performance by Levi Michaels. He was brilliant from the first moment he awakens. In the beginning of his encounter with Tayte he shows more fear and vulnerability than one would ever expect in this type of film. I could almost see each layer of fear drop away in each expression. His surrender to Tayte was a delight to watch as he moved from fear and suspicion to questioning and final acceptance. I could almost feel him going deep inside himself. The way he kept focus on Tayte in the final stage of their love making spoke volumes. His anger and sense of betrayal in the final scene was understandable. It brings me to my one disappointment in the film. His character seemed to be simply tossed aside at the end resulting in a bit of disappointment for me. Not sure what to think of that. That being said. Please realize what a treasure you have in Levi Michaels. He is a terrific performer who is far underutilized. Bring him back for more and more. I think he could carry an entire film like Answered Prayers as the lead. E on 02/13/2015 Ommmmffffffggggggg Tayte and Levi my two favorite! Finally they did a scene together avidmiked on 02/13/2015 Such mad fire of genius in this! Levi Michaels and Tayte Hanson were stunning in their performance and sexual artistry. I want to see more of Levi Michaels (as well as Tayte Hanson). I hope Cockyboys will continue to produce films with this sort of magical erotic imagination and sexual passion. SP88 on 02/13/2015 Good Lord, there's not enough words to express the brilliance....... Tayte was stunning in every aspect....and Levi Michaels was amazing to watch. The emotions his face conveyed had me mesmerized. The combo of Tayte and Levi was a match made in heaven. Congratulations to JJ, RJ and Benny, the whole cockyboys team that made this deserves all the praise there is to give.......Bravo Russ on 02/13/2015 OMG! I loved Claus Nomi! I thought I was the only one. One of our early losses to AIDS. Show More Comments


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Featuring: Jake Bass, Ricky Roman, Chris Harder, Diesel Washington, Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, Levi Karter, Max Ryder, Frankie Valentine, Max Carter, Duncan Black, Jasper Robinson, Dean Monroe, Levi Michaels, Tayte Hanson & Liam Riley

From acclaimed director Jake Jaxson, Answered Prayers is a profoundly layered seven-part morality play that goes where no other film in the adult industry has gone before -- The Banker, The Healer, The Bully, The Ascension of the Lamb, The Assumption of the Lamb, The Redeemer, and The Actor.

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