James Caan and Gabriel Macht Create Some Internet Porn

Admit it. You have laid awake wondering exactly who the first person who thought up the idea of putting porn on the Internet was — and kicking yourself that it wasn’t you.

A new indie comedy-drama, “Middle Men” might serve to soothe your mind on the history aspect, at least. Apparently, the first person to come up with selling porn online was an ordinary businessman, who decided the Internet was populated by nerds who might be interested in buying some adult entertainment. The downside of this generous and profitable idea was that he ended up embroiled in all kinds of drama and danger — porn starlets, Russian mobsters, international terrorists, federal agents, and con men all ended up at his door.

Actually, I am pretty sure none of that (except the bit about the Internet nerds and a businessman) is based in fact — but this movie has attracted the talent of James Caan, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel “The Spirit” Macht, Peter Stormare, and Rachael Taylor. It’s being directed by George Gallo of “Bad Boys” fame, from a script he penned with Andy Weiss of “Punk’d” fame. While the trades are listing this as a drama, its pedigree says comedy all the way — and it certainly sounds more of the Guy Ritchie school than a serious study of the porn industry.

What do you think, readers? Care to see how international terrorists can find their way into Internet pornography — or would you prefer to skip the plot and download the real thing?