After years of making his living dancing on New York City’s bar tops, go-go legend Matthew Camp is making his foray into film acting in a very unique way.
In a new interview with the UK’s Gay Times, Camp says his only acting experience comes from a short-lived stage acting career as a child in San Francisco, but that didn’t stop him from jumping at the chance to stretch his acting muscle again as an adult. Once he was approached by Were the World Mine filmmakers about playing himself in a new lost-footage style docudrama inspired by him, the decision was easy.
Months later, Getting Go: The Go Doc Project became a reality. Also starring Tanner Cohen, the film follows the story of a boy who makes contact with his idol and muse, an accomplished go-go boy, in order to film him and become a part of his everyday life. But this is Hollywood, so they obviously wind up falling in love.
Though his character “Go” was inspired directly by his dancing alter-ego, Camp says he’s actually pretty different from what most believe him to be behind closed doors — he’s quite reserved, completely monogamous, an artist, a perfumer, and nothing like what you’d assume a New York City bar star to be.
“What you see in Getting Go is a rough representation of me,” he says. “I mean, I do run around shirtless all the time, Go and I are both not afraid of a lot of things, and we danced in our underwear, so we’re both confident. But I wouldn’t have handled most of the situations in the same way Go did. I’m not as sexual as him… I don’t go on a lot of dates, I’m very reclusive, hanging out at my house. Go-go dancing was very much a job for me and after I’d perform, I’d leave right away rather than hang out at the club.”
Now 30, Camp reveals that he began go-go dancing when he...