The title of this tome alone will either titillate or repulse people, which is exactly the same way that people think about Ron Jeremy himself. They are either fascinated (some would say morbidly so) or repelled by the man who has come to be known as the “Hedgehog.” Obviously, a man who has been in over 1,700 pornography films and slept with over 4,000 women will have that effect on people - not to mention his rather large member. But Jeremy is here to set the record straight and give audiences a deeper understanding of the man behind the penis. is a brilliant exposition of Mussolini’s Italy that deserves a place of honor on every history addict’s bookshelf.
From his humble beginnings as young Jewish Ron Hyatt of Queens to his latest exploits in porn, film, and television, Jeremy has lived an interesting life, to say the least. While his goal was (and still is) to become a legitimate actor, his knack for being in the right place at the right time has led him down a career path that has made him an icon for over 30 years, two or three times the lifespan of most people who star in pornography. Through all of this he claims, he’s done without the use of legal or illegal drugs, including Viagra.
This straight-shooting star has rubbed elbows with many in Hollywood, and just in case readers do not believe him, he includes some twenty pages of pictures of him with various celebrities to prove it. In fact, Jeremy spends just as much time talking about rubbing elbows with the stars as he does about his life in the porn business. He talks about his relationship with Sam Kinison before his death as well as hanging out with Jim Carey before he was a big star. He discusses stars who were enthralled with him and those who would snub him. He also ruminates on his continued attempts to break into mainstream films. To many people’s surprise, he’s had roles in dozens of films. Very few know that he also has been working as a comedian for years, too.
While Jeremy spends a good deal of time explaining the ins and outs (pardon the pun) of the industry, he also sketches some history of it in relation to his experience. When talking about John Holmes, Larry Flynt, the Meese Commission, or the devolving “quality” of pornographic films, Jeremy provides keen insight into a world many readers have never known. It’s this expertise that has lent him weight in the mainstream film industry as a consultant for films looking to authentically depict the pornography industry (e.g. Boogie Nights).
Much of his book is anecdotal, and while each chapter looks to prove a point, the stories and jokes prove longer-lasting than the themes. What does show through is a desire to be accepted, even liked. Many times throughout the book, one can feel Jeremy looking for approval—whether it be from readers or from the Hollywood clique of which he longs to be a part. He wants people to approve of what he’s done with his life.
While definitely not reading for the easily offended, it certainly is an entertaining book. Jeremy’s stories and words give insight into a man, an industry, and an untold history that all prove greatly intriguing in a society where 50 million people consume pornography in some way.