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“Simon Zealotes”

Posting this because it’s Easter Sunday and for the extremely unlikely porn connection…

This showstopper from Norman Jewison’s 1973 adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar features Paul Thomas — a male porn star from the so-called Golden Age of porn. Blink and you’ll miss him in this number, but his character actually has a name. (You can see him in the background when Simon sings, “Keep them yelling their devotion…”) He plays the Apostle Peter.

Paul Thomas was one of the few male performers from the ’70s and ’80s who was actually — dare I say it? — sexually attractive. Before getting into porn he parlayed his good looks into some mainstream acting roles, which included a lead role in the flower-powered musical Hair.

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