Eli Roth paid his way through film school with a job as an online sex worker.
The Hostel director and star of Inglourious Basterds was paid by porn giant Penthouse to titillate men on the internet by pretending to be a rock groupie called Tami.
Roth tells NYPost.com's PopWrap, "When I was in college I used to work as an online operator for Penthouse, posing as a woman. That's how I paid for my student films. They hired guys because guys know what other guys want to hear.
"The creepy thing was, because this was in 1991, we only got doctors and scientists because they were the ones using the Internet. One guy told a customer he was a stripper and he started FedExing him cash - I never took it to that level, but guys were paying $1 a minute to talk with us. There were ads for me in magazines too!"
Roth kept the conversations realistic by creating a whole back story for Tami: "She was a dirty w**re who lived in the East Village (in New York). Tami was a heavy metal chick who had a gang bang with Guns N' Roses and Poison in one night!"
And he was so convincing, when he finally decided to out himself as a man to his regulars, they didn't believe him: "The last night my friend and I outed ourselves. We wrote, 'We are men! We have penises! We've been f**king with you the whole time!'
"The guys were like, 'Oh shut up Tami, tell me about your t*ts.'"