Filmmaker Sean Baker says when he decided to make a feature about someone from the adult film industry, Texas quickly rose to the top of the list of potential locations.
“It happens to be that adult film stars, if you look at the demographic breakdown, they come primarily from Ohio, Texas or Florida,” Baker said.
He settled on the Gulf Coast after a visit to the area.
“Red Rocket” opens in theaters on Friday, December 10 and starts showing in Texas on December 17. The film is set in Texas City but was also shot around Galveston and Beaumont. Oil refineries provide the backdrop and locals, including first-time actress Brittney Rodriguez, help make up the cast.
“Before [I] jumped into the Sean Baker film, I was a refinery worker,” Rodriguez said. “I did scaffolds and I did installation in the refineries.”
Baker has worked with non-actors as collaborators in previous productions including “Tangerine” and “The Florida Project”.
“He’d be like, ‘well, what would you say, how would you say it?’” Rodriguez said. “So a few different things I was able to kind of just, ‘man, I’d say like this.’”