Forget Adam Demos's 'manhood', it was Mark Wahlberg's 'size' that powered 'Boogie Nights'

Before Demos's giant reveal on Netflix's 'Sex/Life', Mark Wahlberg's prosthetic penis from the 1997 classic created quite the splash


                            Forget Adam Demos's 'manhood', it was Mark Wahlberg's 'size' that powered 'Boogie Nights'
Adam Demos in 'Sex/Life' (L) and Mark Wahlberg in 'Boogie Nights' (Netflix/Imdb)
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Before Adam Demos's giant 'manhood' had everyone pausing, rewinding, and rewatching THAT shower scene from Netflix's 'Sex/Life', it was 'Sex Education's Adam played by Connor Swindle who garnered a similar response from viewers. "Two coke-cans on top of each other" was the humongous reason behind Swindle's onscreen persona Adam not being able to ejaculate during sex.

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Initially it was claimed by sources close to Demos that the Australian actor had indeed stripped down to his birthday suit for the third episode of the Netflix miniseries. However, soon news came from the show's prosthetic team claiming that what viewers saw was not Demos's real package. The other Adam's penis that we saw, also had Swindle relying on a prosthetic penis in Sex Education's debut season - something that although common, might be soon becoming passe.

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But all this penis buzz can't be complete without mentioning the OG schlong that Mark Wahlberg displayed as the big reveal at the end of Paul Anderson's 1997 classic 'Boogie Nights'. 

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The Internet's obsession with Demos's penis comes after the third episoe of 'Sex/Life' aired on July 3 and the actor appeared frontally nude for a shower scene. The show's story follows Billie, a married mother who cannot escape explicit flashbacks of her ex-boyfriend (Demos) and thus pursues a carnal exploration that of course is every bit all-consuming.

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But the gritty tale sprang a big surprise when Demos turned to face the camera wearing nothing but his confidence, which we'll attribute to his manhood. The scene has been so notoriously rewatched that Twitter is not surprised why Billie can't get over her ex.

Amidst all this, Australian radio personality Em Rusciano, who grew up in the same place as Demos, guaranteed "there was no special effects" and it was Demos in his ginormous glory. 

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But before the two Adams - Demos, and Swindle's TV character, became known for their giant presence on screen, it was Wahlberg's enormous prosthetic which dominated the hall of fame of on-screen penises. One of the reasons why Wahlberg's character Dirk Diggler's penis gained notoreity was perhaps how long viewers had to wait to finally see it - and with it the whole trajectory of his rise in the porn industry.

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Netflix's new series 'Sex/Life' gained sudden popularity following Adam's full-frontal shower scene in episode three (Image credits: Netflix and Instagram @Em Rusciano)

After over two and half hours of sitting through Diggler's rise because of his huge penis, viewers are finally greeted with the big deal at the very end of the film. By this time, Dirk has climbed up the ranks of porn, and had a massive downfall too. But he gets back on his feet and reclaims his position at the top by the end - a sequence where Dirk is about to begin filming for his comeback porn-flick. We see Dirk in the dressing room, alone, as he gets up from his chair and begins stroking his penis while looking at himself in the mirror. That one of was Dirk's quirks - he was obsessed with the size of his penis.

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But he wasn't the only one - be it in the film, or real world. 

Soon after the film found its expected popularity, Wahlberg's penis became the talk of the town. Speculations whether it was a prosthetic did the round with the actor revealing it was the only on-set prop he had ever taken home, and rumors claimed it was because it matched the size of his own penis.

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But in a tell all with Grantland, special-makeup-effects coordinator Howard Berger revealed that although Dirk's manhood was claimed to be 13-inches, the final prosthetic ended up being a little smalller. “We sculpted a version that was 12 inches long, and we tested it, and it was just way too big. It looked like a weird monster penis.” Further confirmation about the penis being a prosthetic came from the film's editor Dylan Tichenor, who told the outlet that the 'monster penis' they had crafted "was the size of John Holmes’ penis, but Mark is like eight or nine inches shorter than John Holmes." And thus, they went with a reported seven-inches for the camera.

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