"It just seemed too real"
I think he's super hot, but some of his vids I've found pretty disturbing too. I saw one on myvid with James and my favorite straight actor, Bruce Venture, that was basically simulated gang rape. I couldn't get into it. I know that we see this type of thing all the time in gay porn too, but it just seemed too real with a female actor...
Anonymous, The Data Lounge, May 2013
"A natural sadist"
... there are actually two James Deens.
The 'real' Deen is the man who is very, very, good at making the sadistic violent porn that is produced for straight men, who make up the overwhelming bulk of porn consumers (i.e., the people who actually buy the stuff which drives the market)... Deen is known throughout the industry as a natural sadist who takes genuine delight in inflicting as much physical and psychological pain on his female co-stars as he can get away with. A few, such as Andy San Dimas, have spoken out about this, but the small handful of established male porn stars are far more valuable and powerful within the industry than the endless stream of of girls who come through the valley, so most are silent about it.