'Hung's' Middle-Aged Male Escort Straddles Fact, Fiction

The unrealistic notion of male-to-female escorting isn't lost on "Hung's" creators, Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin. But they argue that turning the prostitution paradigm on its head makes the show appealing.

"There is this fantasy element psychologically: Ray can't run away from these women the way men yearn to run away from relationships," Burson said. "He can't just say, 'You're being really weird' to a client and get out of there. He needs them."

That's the reality of a down economy. But, as Seymour pointed out, "There's something about our personality that draws us into the line of work that we do. ... If you're escorting, you're probably enjoying it on some level."

So while the premise of a man selling sex to a woman may be the stuff of fiction, the idea that a guy would enjoy that line of work doesn't seem so farfetched.

"Ray says in episode two, 'I'm game.' He has no other game to try and he's willing to try this one," Burson said. "But I don't think the journey is excruciating to him. It's scary, for sure, but in some ways, I think it's the most interesting journey that's ever happened to him."

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