That there is machinery in place that would have you believe that “Joey Buttafuoco: Caught on Tape was not staged is one thing, but that Buttafuoco and his wife, Evanka, told me to my face that it was not staged left me sad.
The story goes that the couple was filmed by robot webcams without their knowledge and then the tape was “discovered” and released to the fanfare of lawsuits, when in fact it was all planned and there was a cameraman there.
This is distinct from the Amy Fisher tape, in which both participants play for the camera. Why people united by the same incident 16 years ago chose to acknowledge their tapes so differently is interesting.
But the Buttafuocos were very nice and the tape itself is filled with tender moments between a married couple who think enough of their parts to film them. Whether or not you feel the same way, whether or not you think “celebrity” makes people worth watching having sex, and whether or not a good backstory justifies watching a but-for-the-”I love you”s unremarkable porn tape is the context behind porn’s unhealthy obsession with D-list celebs.