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Hollywood star reveals homeless past

 
November 8th 2011
 

 

Thomas Jane, the actor and current star of HBO series Hung, has revealed for the first time that he worked as prostitute while he was homeless in his late teens.

Jane, 42, who has also starred in films such as Deep Blue Sea and The Punisher, lived in his car when he first moved to Hollywood at the age of 18 to pursue his acting career. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said that during this period he worked as a prostitute for both male and female clients at a time when he was experimenting with his sexuality.

“Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual favours,” he said. “You know, when I was a kid out here in LA, I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”

Jane said his experiences on the streets had moulded his character, and made a key development to his development as both a person and an actor.

“You’re a lot more open to experimentation as a young man,” he said. “And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. It blew the doors off of my conventional upbringing and thinking and opened up possibilities for me that were akin to World War III.”

 
 
 

November 2011

 

Contents

The Basement

New squatting law

Behaviour out of control at Cambridge hostel

Unemployed pushed to back of housing queue

Strike action still threatened at Centrepoint

Homeless campers evicted from Ipswich graveyard

Growing demand for food hand-outs

Homeless man accused of murder cover-up

It beggars belief

Hollywood star reveals homeless past

Australian city sweeps homelessness under the carpet

Street Shield 25: Morning on the steps of St Anon

Street Shield 25: Morning on the steps of St Anon

Homeless charities: Don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t risk rough sleeping

Homes reserved for armed forces

Churches pile on the pressure over homelessness targets

Perfect storm brews for homelessness

Plan to reclaim empty homes gets a boost

Coventry City homeless charity?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s ?Ǭ£1 million appeal

Street superstars to shine on the silver screen

Narthex to open foodbank

Can you sing? No? Well come along anyway!

 

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