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Francois Sagat, Gay Porn Star And Actor, To Give Master Class At Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD) In NYC

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First Posted: 11/17/11 12:07 PM ET Updated: 11/17/11 12:07 PM ET

It's not every day a famous gay porn star offers a master class at one of New York City's esteemed museums. But that's exactly what will take place on Saturday, November 19, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).

French porn star and actor Francois Sagat will lead a "a rare and intimate master class," which will include insights into "his personal career experiences [and] his approaches and processes in tackling each [of his roles]." The class is part of MAD's retrospective entitled "Francois Sagat: The New Leading Man,"

Sagat, who is famous for his massive muscles (among... ahem... other parts) and a distinctive full-scalp tattoo, gained a loyal following thanks to his immensely popular porn films. But in recent years he's branched out into mainstream film, including a role in director Bruce La Bruce's "LA Zombie."

In addition to acting, Sagat has cozied up to the fashion world and was chosen by designer Bernard Wilhelm to model his first ever collection during Paris Fashion week.

MAD will also feature other Sagat-themed events including a showing of the "Sagat: The Documentary," which makes its U.S. premiere on Friday and on Saturday "Man At Bath," a film directed by Christophe Honore which was originally conceived as a short and was sponsored by the Theatre de Gennevilliers and commissioned by fellow director Olivier Assayas.

In a recent interview with Out magazine, which also featured the actor in a racy photo portfolio shot by Terry Richardson earlier this year, Sagat says that though others in porn have often tried to break ties with the industry to legitimize their other careers, that isn't something he's worried about.

"I don’t think [my involvement in porn films will lessen]," he said. "There's some stuff that I'm not gonna do in the future because of that and I'm aware of that and it's fine. I'm very careful of what I'm doing and the way I'm doing it, and if it's porn I’m always very careful and picky about it."

For a full listing of MAD's Sagat retrospective, including times, dates, and tickets, visit MAD's website.

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