The film is broken into vignettes, each starring a different closeted character — a banker, an anti-gay crusader, an actor — unknowingly influenced by two more metaphysical characters, like the little devil on one shoulder and the little angel on the other. Basically, Jaxson says, "It's a highly sexualized morality play." The film will be released in installments on the CockyBoys website starting November 22.

"The worst thing in the world would be to force someone to have sex on camera."

It sounds like a bizarre premise for a pornographic film — absurd, even — but it's just the kind of ambitious arthouse erotica that drew Hansen to CockyBoys at the start of this year.

Jeppe (pronounced yep-peh) Hansen bears the dimples and sun-dappled, hay-bale-blond hair of a '90s child star. Most kid actors outgrow their adorableness when puberty hits, but on his 23rd birthday in mid July, Hansen retained a sparkling aura of innocence even as he explained the details of his new career in gay porn.

Jeppe Hansen lost his place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School when the school learned of his side career as adult film star Jett Black.
Bogdan Stanga
Jeppe Hansen lost his place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School when the school learned of his side career as adult film star Jett Black.
In five short years, Jake Jaxson's particular brand of arthouse erotica has propelled CockyBoys to the top its industry.
Santiago Felipe
In five short years, Jake Jaxson's particular brand of arthouse erotica has propelled CockyBoys to the top its industry.

Up until January, when he'd signed a one-year contract with CockyBoys, Hansen had believed he'd be a dancer when he grew up. He moved out of his parents' house at age 15 to pursue a professional ballet career full-time. He was on track, too: He danced for the Queen of Denmark with Copenhagen's Ballet at Tivoli Gardens and joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal before enrolling with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in fall 2012.

At about the same time, Hansen became interested in doing adult film. He studied Jaxson's oeuvre, which, he said, "really spoke to me." He reached out to the director with questions about his work: "I wanted to pick his brain and know what was going on in there."

When Hansen expressed his interest in getting into the industry, he said, Jaxson cautioned him against it. "He had a huge understanding for what I did and that I really wanted to protect my career as a ballet dancer, and many times said, 'You know what? You shouldn't do it,'" Hansen recalled. "We had some great talks about that, but at that point I thought — and still do — I thought it was really important to make some artistic choices for myself."

He dove in, registering social media accounts and a website in the name of his new persona, Jett Black.

He saw an affinity between ballet and his adult film work. "Developing myself sexually really gave me something as a ballet dancer — people had noticed it, without knowing, of course," something he said had become apparent even to his instructors.

But in March, a fellow student alerted the ballet company's artistic director to Hansen's side career and the Royal Winnipeg summarily expelled him.

The story didn't break until early July, when the Canadian Broadcasting Company aired a report about Hansen's dismissal. Two days later it was international news, picked up by outlets from Los Angeles to London, Germany, and Hansen's native Denmark.

It's easy to see why the press flocked to him: Hansen is a made-to-order mascot for the industry. Speaking to reporters, including this one, following his dismissal from the ballet, he highlighted the absurdity of stigmatizing adult film while ignoring the inherent sexuality of his other career.

Take a piece like Nijinsky's 1912 Afternoon of the Faun, for example: "The faun himself — the only male character in that ballet — masturbates with a veil from one of the nymphs," Hansen said. "I mean, ballet is extremely sexual and very physical, and you could never split it up, you could never take it out, regardless of how highbrow you want to make ballet."

Of course, he never got the chance to make that case to administrators at the school. The artistic director called Hansen to her office and asked him to sign a paper saying he was leaving of his own accord. "It wasn't really a conversation. It was basically being told, 'You have to sign this paper for the sake of the school,'" he said.

After he packed and departed under the supervision of campus security, his classmates were given a sanitized version of events, told only that he and the administration had different views on the direction he was taking.

Hansen had been attending the Royal Winnipeg school on a scholarship, and he lost his apartment, his income — everything but his contract with Jaxson. The director put him up in his own Williamsburg apartment. He advanced him money for living expenses and gave him work at the office, teaching him how to manage CockyBoys' web affiliates, sites that send traffic to the main site in order to expand the company's reach.

In July, Hansen spoke glowingly of Jaxson, his partners, and the other performers at CockyBoys, the "little dysfunctional family" that took him in.

"We hang out together as a group of friends, almost like brothers," he said. "We know each other really well. We're almost in the same age range, all of us, so we're just having a lot of fun together, and we go for dinners together and we do whatever we want together.

"Of course, [some] people get along better than other people, that's how it always will be."

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