Rocco Siffredi is one of the biggest names in the adult film industry, and like everyone, he has his story. When he dropped out of the College of Technology and traveled to Paris, he worked as a waiter in his brother's restaurant. It was in Paris where he met Gabriel Pontello, Editor of Supersex Magazine in 1984. Rocco recalls telling Gabriel that pornography was his "vocation; the dream of my life." Gabriel used the opportunity to test out Rocco's resolve by asking him to perform for him (in a Parisian swingers' club), which in essence was also in front of 200 other people. Rocco's performance made an impression on Gabriel, and the next day he introduced him to producer Marc Dorcel and director Michel Ricaud, who cast him in his first adult film role, Attention Fillettes (Attention Little Girls) in 1987. His sexual performances are almost always peppered with spitting, face-slapping, spanking, gagging, hair-pulling, and other depictions of sadomasochism and erotic humiliation. One of the most infamous scenes of Siffredi's brand of sex came in the form of the 1995 film, Sandy Insatiable, with Sidony Lamour. This scene would later be re-enacted with Rocco and Bobbi Star in 2009's Rocco Ravishes L.A. Despite being known for his wildly aggressive performances, Rocco has also retained the role of a submissive, such as his scenes in Rocco More Than Ever in Londo 2, Animal Trainer 11, and Marquis de Sade. In 2004, Siffredi briefly retired from pornography, wanting to spend his time behind the camera. Although he'd created more than a handful of titles, he admitted that he was frustrated by the absence of male talent that could translate his imagery into reality. Since his brief hiatus in 2004, Rocco has created and performed in several different genres of porn. He announced another retirement in April of 2015 but began appearing in films again soon after. Rocco has stated that his time on the Italian show Celebrity Survivor enabled him to have time alone to contemplate the direction he would like to take his career.