Plunging us balls deep into the world of porn, director Lucas Heyne‘s Mope is hitting all the streaming platforms this week. The film stars David Arquette, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Max Adler, and Kelly Sry in this dark comedy. What’s a Mope? The term refers to a low-level, wannabe porn actor. They’re the lowest of the low, hanging around sets and taking on menial jobs with aspirations of becoming huge stars. In this tragic true story, Stephen Clancy Hill and Herbert Wong, respectively known by their porn alter egos Steve Driver and Tom Dong, were two such mopes—real-life best friends attempting to live the impossible dream, but the blurred line between reality and delusion ultimately sent them both tumbling down a path of destruction.
Dante James says that one-thing worth noting is the film’s “balls” (no pun intended) in not backing away from the subject matter, “Porn is always a tricky subject matter to tackle in “mainstream” movies, and Lucas Heyne does a phenomenal job of not “winking at the camera” and just shooting the movie straight up and honest…this is ultimately a story about friendship, and two guys chasing their dream to be stars.” Mope deserves multiple viewing.
Mope premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and comes out on streaming June 16 on all major platforms and we’ve got a poster.