Written By: Mick Sandoval
Jason Dottley was 4-years old when Madonna’s “Crazy For You” first premiered. The Sordid Lives actor-turned-singer didn’t discover the song until he heard it on the second CD he ever owned, Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection.
He remembers being immediately drawn to it. “The lyrics speak to my own obsessive nature when I like someone,” he reveals.
Now, 30-years after the release of Madonna’s original, Dottley has teamed with Dee Martello (aka DJ Twisted Dee) to recreate the classic as a modern dance floor groove.
His version takes the song about compulsive fixation to a whole new level. Musically, it is moodier than the original, and darker, with incredible touches of EDM magic provided by Martello. Where Dottley really adds his own personal and twisted flare is in the music video. “Madonna’s video was basically clips from the film,” he explains. “It opened the door for me to interpret the song in a totally new light.”
“I have done some crazy things in the name of love,” he continues. “Getting married was by far the craziest.”
Jason Dottley was married to Del Shores (the director of Sordid Lives) in 2003. As one of the first gay Hollywood couples to marry, the pair quickly became the poster boys of the gay marriage movement. Their divorce in 2011 caused shockwaves through the gay community.
Dottley says the relationship was similar to that of the two lovers in Vision Quest, the movie that first introduced “Crazy For You.” Most significantly, the twenty-year age difference in both couples. In the film, the woman realizes that if she truly loves her young lover, she cannot stand in the way of his future.
“I wish my ex-husband could have been so enlightened,” says Dottley. “I reached a point in my marriage where I could no longer see my own life even five days in front of me. For a dreamer, that was a near-death experience. It became clear that my only hope to shine as brightly as I could was on my own.”
He says he never felt freer than the day he walked away from the marriage.
Today, Dottley is a new man, ready for new adventures and a new, exciting love. He’s not taking life as seriously as he used to, as depicted in his new video for “Crazy For You.”
Teaming with director Wes Rolan, Dottley’s “Crazy For You” pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Shot in black and white, it depicts Dottley stalking a guy, watching him alone through his window, and then inserting his own sexual fantasies into the story. His co-star is Drew Shaw, a former medical student turned actor and model. Dottley discovered Shaw while casting for another project. “When I conceptualized this video, Drew was the only actor I could see,” says Dottley. “He’s fearless, wildly intelligent and incredibly genuine.
“And we’re not sleeping together,” he adds.
Shaw is the kind of guy Dottley says he can be obsessed with in real life. And, in truth, he may be, but Dottley has too much going on right now to think about tying himself down to a new commitment. He’s busy realizing dreams.
This summer, Dottley will kickoff his first one-man show called “And Then He Called Me Sir” about his life on the Gay-list, being divorced, and over thirty with a penchant for twenty-one year olds.
He’s also excited to be starring alongside his friend, Amy BonFleur, in “Husband-In-Law,” a gay comedy feature film, scheduled for release this fall.
For more information, visit http://www.jasondottley.com.
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