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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CBMember
CBMember

This article was very informative and I liked that both sides of the story are in it.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Answered Prayers and know that it will be like nothing else out there today.  I don't like that the drama with Jett is involved in any way because it does have a negative impact in my mind regarding the film.  I understand that there were questionable acts done on both sides of this, but the fact that a young man was publicly attacked never sat well with me.  It's time to move on and stop the mentioning of things that should remain behind the scenes. 

Cockyboys has such great success because the three visionaries behind the company work hard and really do everything they can to make the films "works of art".  I wish all parties well and I will continue to support them.

zoodlemouse13
zoodlemouse13

I think that Cockyboys is one of the more reputable studios around. They help the models to work towards careers that will get them OUT of the industry. They treat the models with caring & respect.  Jett took someone's trust and money and betrayed them.  He seems to have a pattern of using people and then crying "poor me" when he gets called out for it. I have zero respect for someone like that.  

As someone said below..."continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi" 

Visionary CEO....fascinating models...yes, wishing much continued success for Cockyboys.  (I doubt a disgruntled ex-employee who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar will slow them down!! lol)

rufus_red
rufus_red

I'm from the dance world and it's highly unlikely or unusual that someone would join a professional company, Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montreal, and then go into a school, Royal Winnipeg. Are you sure the order didn't get mixed up? What, the school paid more?

LLPR
LLPR

Look who is listening to her friend Grace Baine

thekruezer
thekruezer

Jeppe Hansen contacted me this past summer and provided more of his version of events, asking me to do a series of feature stories about him and Cockyboys and especially Jake Bass and Max Ryder, about whom he appears to have some deeply divided feelings.  I responded by publishing one article, neutral in tone, that outlined the basics of what the Village Voice has done in this article.  Interestingly, some of this VV piece appears to be based on my article from this past Summer.  Then Jeppe offered a full-on exclusive interview in which he promised to "to blow the lid off the Cockyboys scene and tell about some things that happened to me that will shock the industry".  I responded by saying that I'm a reputable reporter who's been covering the gay adult industry for 17 years who's known for fair and unbiased reporting and my presentation of unfiltered news - which means no hidden agendas, no opinions represented as facts, and no "buying in" to anyone's side. The bottom line on this VV article, Hansen, Jaxson and Cockyboys: No one is perfect.  All leaders (including CEOs) are human, and all humans make mistakes.  Now that Lucas has gone bareback in the most radical example of hypocrisy and double standards I've ever seen in the industry, my money's on the continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi.

Chug
Chug

Seems to me, that this Cockyboys dude has all these homeless looking boys working for him and shooting porn. Is he running some sort of home for wayward boys? Drugs, travel, porn, tattoos, twinks. They are "like a family". They get off the streets if they shoot their loads on camera and he makes money off it? Sounds like a pretty good deal all around. No wonder the kid wanted to get away. I feel bad for him. 

NicT
NicT

Overall a balanced and interesting read.  The notable exception here is when you touch on the recent scuffle at Lucas, but give only one side of the story.   The other version contests the assault claim and relates that the performer was upset at being pressured to perform bareback.   No idea what the truth in that mess is, but presenting both sides would have been appreciated.

sewn272bear707
sewn272bear707

@CBMember I'm sorry but I disagree. Why should the 3 be silent while being attacked? Being young is no excuse. He is old enough to know right from wrong. I see nothing wrong with defending your honour when someone tries to drag it through the mud...regardless of how old the person doing the dragging is.

CBMember
CBMember

@sewn272bear707 @CBMember I don't believe Jett was dragging anyone's name through the mud as you say. He remained quiet on the matter simply releasing a statement that he is no longer with CB and wishes them well.  JJ was the one who publicly attacked Jett and had him ostracized.  Since it looks like both sides allegedly did wrongdoing, it should have been kept private.  I guess I would like to see actual proof before public shaming happens.  That being said, I respect and admire both sides and just want to move on and enjoy the high quality work being released.

 

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