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Ron Howard reveals he once considered directing PORN movies to fund his filmmaking debut

After Ron Howard left Happy Days following an incredibly successful career as a child star and young actor, he had considered a rather extreme solutio

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After Ron Howard left Happy Days following an incredibly successful career as a child star and young actor, he had considered a rather extreme solution to get into directing: turning to porn movies.

The 69-year-old filmmaker – who made headlines for paying tribute to Cindy Williams in late January – opened up in a wide-ranging interview with Graham Bensinger, when he was asked about rumors that he was considering doing a porn movie to make the money he needed to fund his directorial debut.

The actor-turned-filmmaker admitted he did entertain the notion of turning to adult films… though the thought was quite the fleeting one.

When asked how much truth there was to the longtime rumor, Howard said, ‘Well, it’s true that it went through my mind.’

‘It endured as a serious idea for probably two and a half to three seconds,’ Howard admitted, while his brother Clint Howard also spoke about the notion.

Extreme: After Ron Howard left Happy Days following an incredibly successful career as a child star and young actor, he had considered a rather extreme solution to get into directing: turning to porn movies.

Extreme: After Ron Howard left Happy Days following an incredibly successful career as a child star and young actor, he had considered a rather extreme solution to get into directing: turning to porn movies.

Extreme: After Ron Howard left Happy Days following an incredibly successful career as a child star and young actor, he had considered a rather extreme solution to get into directing: turning to porn movies.

Interview: The 69-year-old filmmaker - who made headlines for paying tribute to Cindy Williams in late January - opened up in a wide-ranging interview with Graham Bensinger , when he was asked about rumors that he was considering doing a porn movie to make the money he needed to fund his directorial debut

Interview: The 69-year-old filmmaker - who made headlines for paying tribute to Cindy Williams in late January - opened up in a wide-ranging interview with Graham Bensinger , when he was asked about rumors that he was considering doing a porn movie to make the money he needed to fund his directorial debut

Interview: The 69-year-old filmmaker – who made headlines for paying tribute to Cindy Williams in late January – opened up in a wide-ranging interview with Graham Bensinger , when he was asked about rumors that he was considering doing a porn movie to make the money he needed to fund his directorial debut

True: When asked how much truth there was to the longtime rumor, Howard said, 'Well, it's true that it went through my mind'

True: When asked how much truth there was to the longtime rumor, Howard said, 'Well, it's true that it went through my mind'

True: When asked how much truth there was to the longtime rumor, Howard said, ‘Well, it’s true that it went through my mind’

‘Yeah, Opie Gets Laid would have probably made Ron a million dollars and he could have gone off and made a movie, but I’m glad he steered away from that because I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Opie get laid,’ Clint admitted.

The filmmaker’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard added, ‘A lot of times in life, I’ll think about the fact that my dad has a public profile that isn’t embarrassing. It’s massive. And if he had done Opie Gets Laid, I just… I wouldn’t be in this business.’

Howard had left Happy Days, one of the biggest shows on TV, after the eighth season to pursue his directing career, admitting he left because he wanted Paramount to help facilitate him making his first film while continuing on Happy Days.

‘The entire time that I was under contract and doing Happy Days, my dream was to be a filmmaker, and I felt like the clock was ticking a little bit on me,’ Howard admitted.

‘I was 26, 27 and I had been directing for a few years, and I’d lost patience with not being able to devote all my energies to making that transition and giving that it’s chance,’ Howard admitted.

‘A lot of it just came from the fact that I really wanted some guarantees from Paramount Pictures and ABC that they would allow me to direct. Not Happy Days, we had a great director, Jerry Paris,’ Howard added.

‘I wanted to direct a feature and I wanted them to facilitate that and they simply would not make any kind of guarantee,’ Howard said.

He added that if Paramount would have, ‘made those commitments, I would have done the show and made the movies.’

Clint: 'Yeah, Opie Gets Laid would have probably made Ron a million dollars and he could have gone off and made a movie, but I'm glad he steered away from that because I don't think anyone really wanted to see Opie get laid,' Clint admitted

Clint: 'Yeah, Opie Gets Laid would have probably made Ron a million dollars and he could have gone off and made a movie, but I'm glad he steered away from that because I don't think anyone really wanted to see Opie get laid,' Clint admitted

Clint: ‘Yeah, Opie Gets Laid would have probably made Ron a million dollars and he could have gone off and made a movie, but I’m glad he steered away from that because I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Opie get laid,’ Clint admitted

Daughter: The filmmaker's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard added, 'A lot of times in life, I'll think about the fact that my dad has a public profile that isn't embarrassing. It's massive. And if he had done Opie Gets Laid, I just... I wouldn't be in this business'

Daughter: The filmmaker's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard added, 'A lot of times in life, I'll think about the fact that my dad has a public profile that isn't embarrassing. It's massive. And if he had done Opie Gets Laid, I just... I wouldn't be in this business'

Daughter: The filmmaker’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard added, ‘A lot of times in life, I’ll think about the fact that my dad has a public profile that isn’t embarrassing. It’s massive. And if he had done Opie Gets Laid, I just… I wouldn’t be in this business’

‘I might not have fallen in step with Brian (Glazer), and I think that partnership has been a huge defining factor in my career as a director,’ Howard added. 

The filmmaker made his feature film debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto, which he followed with Night Shift and his breakthrough hit Splash.

Howard also opened up about his potential foray into adult entertainment in a 1999 interview with Howard Stern.

‘It was right at the time where Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat were making millions of dollars and it was the first wave of the independent film movement,’ Howard explained.

He added that he read somewhere the legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola had been a sound guy on pornos or something before he did the Godfather.’

‘Nobody was taking me seriously as a director, I could just see it. And I actually thought one day, maybe I can cash in on this thing. One time, one shot, Opie Gets Laid. Make it, you own it. What does it cost? $1,500? I wanted the money to be independent as a filmmaker,’ Howard said.

He added that he also thought about, ‘Going door-to-door for a year, get a dollar from everybody. I’ve entertained you over the years, give me a dollar. I found out later that’s illegal.

The filmmaker added that his first movie – 1977’s Grand Theft Auto – cost $600,000 and it made $6 million. 

Might not: 'I might not have fallen in step with Brian (Glazer), and I think that partnership has been a huge defining factor in my career as a director,' Howard added

Might not: 'I might not have fallen in step with Brian (Glazer), and I think that partnership has been a huge defining factor in my career as a director,' Howard added

Might not: ‘I might not have fallen in step with Brian (Glazer), and I think that partnership has been a huge defining factor in my career as a director,’ Howard added

Breakout: The filmmaker made his feature film debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto, which he followed with Night Shift and his breakthrough hit Splash

Breakout: The filmmaker made his feature film debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto, which he followed with Night Shift and his breakthrough hit Splash

Breakout: The filmmaker made his feature film debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto, which he followed with Night Shift and his breakthrough hit Splash

Hit movie: The filmmaker added that his first movie - 1977's Grand Theft Auto - cost $600,000 and it made $6 million

Hit movie: The filmmaker added that his first movie - 1977's Grand Theft Auto - cost $600,000 and it made $6 million

Hit movie: The filmmaker added that his first movie – 1977’s Grand Theft Auto – cost $600,000 and it made $6 million

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