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Active Duty: Mark Simpson, Details, & the 82nd Airborne

Details scribe Mark Simpson is a natural according to Fleshbot (link NSFW). The writer penned an article in the most recent issue of the magazine detailing producer Dink Flamingo and his video business with soldiers in the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, seven of whom were charged with appearing in Flamingo's gay porn videos. Two have recently pleaded guilty in exchange for plea deals and been sentenced and discharged from the armed forces.

While observing Flamingo film a scene with two of the paratroopers, Simpson was persuaded to join in on the action. The result ended up in Flamingo's film Call of Duty, which Fleshbot easily tracked down via a description on the film's box:

"'Call of Duty' is an interesting video in that it starts out as a video between Kane and his longtime military buddy Jack. During this shoot I allowed a journalist (who must remain anonymous) to sit in on the filming. I'm not su(r)e if it was my sly soothing ways or the pretty ass on Kane and the hot ass on Jack, but eventually our writer get written into the scene and all hell breaks loose."

While Fleshbot has a screen cap from the video in question (link NSFW), what they didn't have was a transcript of the article, which coincidentally I read last night. I've transcribed an excerpt in which the writer Simpson details how he was persuaded to live what he was researching. Doesn't sound like it took much arm-bending:

I asked him how he solicited the talent. "Well, mostly these days it's word of mouth. But in the good old days I would go up to them wherever I found them, including Wal-Mart, and say, 'Have you ever thought about modeling? You have a wonderful face,' and hand them my card." Would he target only men who were by themselves? "Nope. Often I go for the best-looking one in a group. He's usualy the leader, and if you get him, then the others come along too. Plus, you're flattering a guy by approaching him in front of his friends and telling him how good-looking he is." I meekly suggested that to many people it might seem like a very brave thing to do, soliciting a trained killer like that in broad supermarket light, often in front of the guy's buddies. "It's not brave," countered Dink. "You know what it's called, honey child?" he purred, suddenly slipping out of his low, businesslike voice into his Mae West-meets-Truman Capote drawl, cupping his budding man-breasts. "H'mmm? I'll tell you what it's called! It's called lack!...of!....sense!"

But Dink said he had never had an ugly reaction to his pick-up attempts. He is a very charming, persuasive man. Like the military, Dink knows that where guys are concerned the most persuasive thing of all is camaraderie, something I experienced firsthand when he invited me to observe him shoot a movie that night.


As I sat on the sofa watching Jason and Carl perform while I hid behind my notebook, Dink started suggesting, first in jokey fashion, then more seriously, that I join in. "Just for ten minutes or so. It would be great for your story."

I laughed it off— "Oh, I couldn't, I'm English, after all." But soon the guys too started egging me on.

"C'mon, man," Jason implored, like someone inviting you to arm wrestle or to a drinking competition. "Show us your uncut English cock!"

And almost before you could say "God save the queen!" I was stripping down to my foreskin.

Some might assume that I did this because I was unprofessionally aroused by the prospect of joining two naked paratroopers in bed. But regarding this occasion, they'd be wrong. I wasn't turned on. I was terrified. That's the nature of a dare, however: To not join in would have felt....unmanly.

We went through the gay-porn "foreplay" repertoire in almost every Rubik's Cube possibility. But it felt more like horseplay than gay sex. It occurred to me that Dink may have set me up, even coached the guys to entrap me.

"This is very brave of you Mark," he cooed at me as I climbed on the bed.

"It's not brave," I replied. "It's called lack!...of!...sense!"

Lack of sense? In-depth research? Immersing yourself in the story? Whatever you want to call it, I hope Simpson prepared himself for the fallout Dink Flamingo's powers of persuasion have wrought.

Mark Simpson's Active Duty [fleshbot] (NSFW)

82nd Airborne in Gay Porn Scandal [tr]
Seven 82nd Airborne Soldiers Charged in Gay Porn Case [tr]

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  1. Talk about sacrifice for your art! Brave guy. This is why I love Details.

    Posted by: Mitch | May 3, 2006 10:40:28 AM

  2. How funny - I read this in Details yesterday and thought to myself that I hoped Andy would comment on this story. This is one of many reasons I have come to visit this site everyday. thanks.

    Posted by: Hoya86 | May 3, 2006 11:11:55 AM

  3. Man is that video smoking hot, I mean it burns up the tv set. That man has it going on more ways then one.

    Posted by: Butch | May 3, 2006 11:19:18 AM

  4. I read the story, and found it wild that the guys are more or less married with children and don't identify themselves as "gay"; they just need the money and feel safe doing this with a close buddy as opposed to a stranger. Amazingly honest; I wish all the people of the world look at sex that way.


    Posted by: Rad | May 3, 2006 11:30:23 AM

  5. Art? Seriously? It's porn. The man screwed around for money.

    Posted by: CJ | May 3, 2006 11:50:52 AM

  6. Hah. I bought this issue of Details just to read that article, though I haven't had time to yet. This just gives me incentive to get around to it faster!

    Posted by: dnash | May 3, 2006 12:09:21 PM

  7. Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Posted by: André | May 3, 2006 1:00:22 PM

  8. CJ - i don't think mitch was referring to the porn when he said "art." he was referring to the art/craft of writing the article, and participating in the porn was the "sacrifice" made for the betterment of that "art."

    Posted by: j-vass | May 3, 2006 2:17:38 PM

  9. Dear Mr Towle

    Would you have done the same if you were in his position?

    Posted by: honey child | May 3, 2006 4:22:12 PM

  10. Mr Towle: I am in the military and I am torn on this. I don't care that my fellow soldiers go out and do porn (to each his own, right?) But when they use their uniform and Army identity as the subject of their porn... well it's unacceptable.

    My question is, do you think they grasped the full scope of the consequences that might follow getting caught? I mean, did this Mr Flamingo lead them to think that there was no way they could be caught? He HAD to of known the danger he was putting these men in. It's just so hard to believe everyone involved thought that they were immune from danger!

    Thanks and good article.

    Posted by: Brandon | May 3, 2006 8:29:35 PM

  11. Blah, Blah, Blah... blah...BLAH!!! You say "potato"... I say whatever the hell I want.
    Love Dink's site, and LOVE Andy's site! Love that requires diff. kind of lightning... but love after all!

    Posted by: Remi | May 3, 2006 11:00:14 PM

  12. omgz where is the torrent?!!

    Posted by: nacberry | May 4, 2006 3:04:02 AM

  13. Brandon, with all due respect, the men themselves have to take responsibility for their own actions. Nobody mislead them into doing anything they didn't want to do. I would think, and expect, someone who is in the military to have somewhat of a least enough to know that what they were doing was against military rules and that they risked being caught. I think anyone who could be so reckless best not be in the military, especially in a time of war.

    Posted by: Patrick | May 4, 2006 9:06:46 AM

  14. Be careful, you might hurt our soliders feelings and then they will lose their concentration and then the enemey will kill them all and then they'll come over here and kill us.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 4, 2006 8:02:55 PM

  15. No, by all means... they are the ones at fault here. It was their decision to do this and to take profit off of their uniform and the Army, is unacceptable.

    What I was wondering was more about this "Dink" guy. Mark Simpson has met him, been behind the scenes, and thus able to offer a unique insight. Is he a scumbag? Was he clear with these guys that they were coming on the site at their own risk? -- that's what I was wondering.

    By all means, throw the book at these guys. A recent article mentioned Mullen showed up to the court martial late, in a borrowed uniform with a combat patch he DID NOT earn, flipping the cameras off, preformed one of these videos the day after his wife gave birth, etc... Losers.

    Posted by: brandon | May 4, 2006 10:54:24 PM

  16. I ran into those guys once. they have their heads on straight. (no pun intended) but I feel what happens in their lives after hours should stay private. I have been living a double life being gay and in the military for over 6 years and a lot of soldiers know I am gay and their ok with it. the ARMY just got scared.

    You cant pick and choose what soldiers to throw the book at, yes I agree anyone who does something like this knows the risks. but you have to admit when was the last time you saw something like this on the news with 2 female soldiers. My previous tour in Iraq in '03 there were gay pride flags in the females tents with pictures of the two making-out, yet nothing came of it, and now my second tour I am still seeing the same thing.

    Posted by: SGT K | May 28, 2006 1:55:25 PM

  17. I love the Active Duty flicks + really wish Simpson hadn't gone + blabbed the specific details of which guys were modeling for the site. It might not be a popular opinion, but I couldn't care less that they did the scenes + represented themselves as military. As long as they do what they're supposed to in the field, their sexual escapades are their business (and that of the fans who love watching them). ;)

    Posted by: Fredo Troy | Oct 28, 2007 4:06:03 PM

  18. @ SGT K: If you read the piece you'll see that Simpson didn't 'blab the specific details of which guys were modelling for the site' and goes out of his way to preserve identities.

    He also didn't publish his story - researched two years before the scandal - until after the scandal broke.

    Posted by: Steve Smith | Aug 24, 2008 8:33:29 AM

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  20. I wonder what the majority would do in that situation? Nice reading, thx.

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