Hanheld Hunks

Hanheld Hunks

Two Maverick Men reinvent gay porn stardom.

Forty-eight hours after arriving in L.A., the Maverick Men are getting ready to make a fan’s dream come true – by having sex with him. In the two years since they first began uploading their home videos to XTube, the Boston-based couple has changed the way that we think about porn stars (and made a lot of men very happy in the process.)

Cole and Hunter didn’t set out to become sexual celebrities (shagerati?) but 25,000 rabid fans can be hard to ignore.  Originally, Cole Maverick and Hunter (the guys behind Maverick Men) started posting their homemade porn to XTube simply for the thrill of it. But by the time their videos had been viewed more than 100 million times, they had unintentionally become one of gay porn’s hottest properties.

“We absolutely did not start out thinking we were going to become porn stars,” says Cole. “We were kind of shocked. We were just doing it for fun.”

The first videos were shot with a handheld camera and posted without much editing, but even then it was about more than just two hot men having sex. Cole and Hunter also used their camera to document their relationship. In between the sex, they took the camera on vacations, introduced their friends, and filmed anniversaries and birthdays. The more of their lives that they shared, the more of a response they were getting from their fans.

“Fans loved the sexual stuff,” says Hunter, “but they were also into the fact that we were in love.”

Those same fans made them the most popular couple on Xtube and the site soon approached the couple about selling their videos. Before long, Manhunt’s OLB Media (the company behind On the Hunt) was approaching them about building their own site.

“If we were going to start our own website, we wanted to make sure that we would be totally in control,” says Cole. “We were approached by several studios, but they had their own ideas and agendas. And I’m not really crazy about studio porn or the way they shoot it. Maverick Men is about doing it the way we want, and the guys at Manhunt were very open to that idea.”

A big part of Cole and Hunter’s success has come from their willingness to engage with their fans, but “social networking” doesn’t even begin to cover the kind of interaction that they now have with those fans.

“It’s a dialogue,” says Hunter – which is a incredible understatement. The supporting cast for Maverick Men’s videos is drawn almost entirely from the fan base – and the couple doesn’t pay any of them to appear. The fans do it for the fun of it, and there’s no shortage of volunteers. In porn, however, things are rarely as easy as they look.

“We’d like to preserve the idea that we just meet these people off the street, and that there’s a spontaneity to it,” explains Hunter. “But in reality, we’re continually in conversation with these guys. It’s a multi-month process.”

“People email us every day on Manhunt,” says Cole. “But sometimes they don’t even have a headshot. And if they won’t even show their face on Manhunt, you’re probably not for us.”

Cole and Hunter have eclectic tastes when it comes to men, but the duo does have some ground rules. The guys who appear with them must be bottoms (Hunter and Cole are both primarily tops), they must be willing to appear on camera (the couple’s relationship is open, but only when it’s on camera) and they must get tested for HIV.

“We like to get everyone tested across the board,” says Cole. “It’s a common misconception that we only shoot condom-less porn, but in reality, when we don’t have time to get the testing done, we use condoms. I think it’s a responsibility issue. You should know your HIV status. We are not haphazardly fucking guys without condoms.”

Since launching the site, Hunter and Cole have since been able to quit their day jobs and have managed to turn their sex lives into a source of income.

“We work on the site every day,” Cole says. “We wake up in the morning and start checking messages. We post four blog updates a week and do three video updates a month.”

The initial success of Maverick Men was unexpected, but the amount of hard work that’s required to keep the site going has come as an equal surprise. But for these two self-described “regular guys”, too much is never enough. Porn’s new power couple is already working on their second book (Maverick Men: The True Story Behind The Videos was published in 2010) and they’re now expanding their website to include a section with partner videos sent in by real-life couples like themselves.

“We’re busy boys,” Cole says, as he concludes our interview with one final understatement.

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