One of my childhood heroes, Zalman King, has passed away. Mr King was a director/producer who gave us such memorable classics as Two Moon Junction and the Kim Basinger flick 9½ Weeks. The majority of his work was generally soft erotica (and as a young lad, this was, of course, essential viewing), and many a furtive screening of Two Moon Junction (starring hottie Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson) gave me a reason to …. ahem… love cinema. The Mickey Rourke/Carre Otis flick Wild Orchid, which was initially rated X in the US due to some graphic sex scenes (it was trimmed to bring it down to an R rating, because at the time the NC17 rating had not been created) was a bomb, although the controversy surrounding the steamy on-set affair between the two leads led to it being a mild success.
Mickey Rourke would go on to appear alongside Kim Basinger in the steamy erotic drama, 9½ Weeks, with King producing the film over director Adrian Lyne. This film was a commercial success, and remains King’s most popular work.
Mr King passed away from cancer on February 3rd, aged 69.