Ron Jeremy Spotted Nodding Off at the Directors Guild Awards

"I've gone for 10 years," says the legendary adult film star, who wanted to meet Kenneth Lonergan for a 'Manchester by the Sea' parody project.
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Even with names like Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Nolan and Kerry Washington in the crowd, it was Ron Jeremy that turned quite a few heads at the DGA Awards, held Nov. 4 inside the Beverly Hilton. But the adult film star shrugged off the attention when reached by The Hollywood Reporter, saying he's a veteran attendee.

"I've gone to the DGA Awards for 10 years; my event partner is always John Clark. He's in the DGA and he gets the tickets and we go see the show," Jeremy explains, name-checking Clark, who was married to actress Lynn Redgrave.

In addition to posing for plenty of photos with eager guests, Jeremy was a man on a mission on Saturday night. He wanted to meet nominated filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan because Jeremy is involved with the annual Oscars parody event called The Toscars, launched in 2008 by the organization Brits in L.A. Teams of industry pros have three weeks to make parody films of the films nominated for the best picture Oscar.

“I'm working on the parody for Manchester by the Sea called Manchester by the Canal, and I wanted to tell him that. Sometimes directors get a kick out of it," he says. "I saw him from a distance but I don't know if he noticed me." (Jeremy notes that he worked with Manchester star Casey Affleck's older brother, Ben Affleck, in a cameo part on the latter's 2000 film Reindeer Games playing "Prisoner #1," credited as Ron Hyatt.)

It wasn’t Lonergan, but someone did notice that Jeremy dozed off a couple times during the show. The actor admits it’s possible. "I've been going nonstop," he explains of recent appearances at adult conventions and events, including last month’s Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas. "I was absolutely, 100 percent dead [tired]. I need more sleep."

Still, Jeremy says he loved every minute of the show, even if he did catch some Z's. "The DGA Awards are special because it's kind of like a shared, collaborative award. No director would be that gauche to say, 'It was all me.' The directors always pay homage to their staff, and it makes the DGA a special award. It's kinda nice."

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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