Thomas Jane: I Wasn’t a Real-Life Prostitute

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In October, the Los Angeles Times published an interview with Hung actor Thomas Jane in which he seemed to imply that he experimented sexually when he was a teenager. He was quoted as saying, "You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?" In response to a follow-up question, he reportedly said, "Being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity."

Jane now contends that he was misquoted. He tells, "In the interviews that I did, I never said I was a prostitute. I was talking about my [early] time in Hollywood: I said that I’d had a sexually adventurous time and I was trying to relate that to how I play a prostitute on TV -- trying to relate my experience to my character’s experience -- and well, people heard what they wanted to hear. Things fly around."

Jane played a prostitute in Hung, an HBO comedy that was cancelled earlier this week.

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