François Sagat and other models in Kick underwear

Porn Free: François Sagat Talks Porn, Film & Fashion

Being an international gay porn icon with the body of a pumped-up French God might seem like the dream job, but for François Sagat it comes with complications. As his first two forays into independent film come to GAZE in Dublin, Shane McNamara wonders if he’ll ever really be able to break free of the fluffers

 

This article originally appeared in GCN Issue 260, August 2011.

According to Brian Mills, one of the three directors of Titan Media, the largest gay porn company in the US, François Sagat is the most famous gay porn star in the world today.

Yet, he has not made a porn movie since 2007 and although he might make noises now and then about a return to the industry, instead he seems to be trying to break into the mainstream.

It may seem like a natural move for the man with the tattooed scalp – in his native France he’s a household name – but there are big hurdles in the way, not the least of which is his self-sculpted body.

 

François Sagat on the cover of GCN

 

Le Petit François

Born in 1979 to Slovakian parents in the town of Cognac in the southwest of France, Sagat is on record saying he was a skinny and feminine child. “I looked like a little girl until I was 12 or 13 years old.

“There was a lot of teasing because you could see I was a little bit different. So, they said, ‘That’s the faggot’. Maybe it’s good because it makes you stronger. It made me who I am.”

His parents’ separation when he was 11 also had a big part to play. “My father was not really into being my father,” he told Out magazine in December. “He was not really into affection with me.”

The underlying feeling Sagat seems to have been left with is a sense of uncertainty. In the Out Interview he voiced it several times, saying that before he started working out at the age of 25, he “didn’t know if I had this power or not.”

Then, when talking about whether his foray into the non-porn film industry would be successful he said, “We don’t know if I have the real power or not.”

It’s a question that seems to underline everything he’s done since leaving school. Much time in his formative years was spent drawing pictures of his childhood idol, Darryl Hannah – “I was obsessed with the films, Splash and Blade Runner, so I was always drawing mermaids and crazy blonde girls.”

 

Fashion

The natural progression when he left school was to go to art college. He chose fashion as his degree and after graduating worked for the stars in the Parisian fashion houses, ending up drawing for Thierry Mugler. The industry didn’t suit him.

“I was more the shadow of myself than really myself,” he told fashion guru Filep Motwary in 2008.

“Someone not really ready to work in this industry with all these sophisticated people. I was somebody who was young and shy, whose life was kind of cool but not really structured.

“There was a lot of insecurity about my future and money, a lack of energy to completely express myself. Let’s say I was a person under construction.”

Click below to keep reading and find out how Sagat went from skinny to French God when he turned 25.

François Sagat will be making a special guest appearance over the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend at Sweatbox on Friday 28 October 2016.

 

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One comment on “Porn Free: François Sagat Talks Porn, Film & Fashion”

  1. I hope that François enjoyed his time in Ireland and that he will visit us again soon – it just proves that given his background, there is more to life than just sex & porn and that even porn stars are human beings too – he sounds like a really nice guy in this interview xxx

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