Actor Peter Sarsgaard has been turned off movies full of sex and violence after starring in the new Linda Lovelace biopic. The Jarhead star portrays the adult actress-turned-anti-porn advocate's manager/husband Chuck Traynor in the film, which chronicles the complex relationship between the couple, and he admits the experience has prompted him to re-evaluate his future career choices.
He tells GQ magazine, "I don't want to do it (sex scenes) anymore. I really don't. I've been having a whole crisis with acting. I've lost my taste for both violence and sex - in movies, in any case."
Amanda Seyfried plays the titular Deep Throat star in Lovelace.
We knew Amanda Seyfried could belt a number after watching Les Miserables, but we've now learned that not all of her skills are quite so classy, thanks to the new trailer for the upcoming porn star movie Lovelace.
The U.K. trailer for the Linda Lovelace biopic, directed by Howl's Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, not only follows Lovelace's ascension to porn-stardom with the 1972 release of her hardcore porno Deep Throat, but also delves into the threatening story behind the orgasms: namely her coercive husband, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), who forced her into the porno industry.
With a thumping beat, the trailer kicks off with Lovelace (Seyfried) in a retro. A bold red hat seated atop of a head full of curly brown locks, the actress gushes over her erotic flicks: "To me, it's a movie, like any other movie. Only it has so many better things in it… like me." Then the trailer launches into tons of cameras flashing, booty shaking, and lots and lots of... well, figure it out. But it does reveal a darker tone as the severe relationship between Lovelace and her abusive husband unfolds.
Watch Amanda Seyfried bare it all as she stars in Lovelace when it flashes into theaters August 9th.
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Lovelace, which features the Mamma Mia! beauty as the adult actress-turned-anti-porn advocate, premiered at the Utah independent movie event on Tuesday (22Jan13) and was warmly received by critics.
A reviewer for the Hollywood Reporter described it as "surprisingly good on several fronts", while a Screen International writer applauded directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for making the film "both breezy and weighty at the same time".
Lovelace, which chronicles the complex relationship between the Deep Throat star and her manager/husband Chuck Traynor - portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard, was promptly snapped up by The Weinstein Company's RADiUS-TWC division and will now be released in America this autumn (13).
Other popular picks at Sundance include Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction and Daniel Radcliffe's new film Kill Your Darlings, in which he portrays beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
Lovelace is the first of two new biopics about the former porn icon - actress Malin Akerman is also portraying her in rival project Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, although that film has stalled due to financing issues.
Remember when, for a hot second, Lindsay Lohan was supposed to play '70s porn icon Linda Lovelace in a biopic while a similar project was also being shopped around Hollywood? Well, thank god we got to see Amanda Seyfried play her first, because she is absolutely perfect in Lovelace, which debuted at Sundance on Tuesday night. Poor Malin Akerman, who took Lindsay's place, is going to have some big, um, shoes (?) to fill.
Seyfried is one of those actresses where you could always see promise (either as a ditz in Mean Girls or a conflicted polygamist in Big Love) but whose subsequent movie work has been, well, to call it "sub par" would be a compliment. (I mean, In Time anyone?) Expectations were also low for directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein's Lovelace. I guess that's what happens when you make a movie about porn — everyone thinks that the product is going to be just as lackluster as its subject matter. I'm happy to report that Lovelace is far better than expectations, especially Seyfried, who gives one of those raw, vulnerable, and nuanced performances that earn ingenues their first Oscar nomination.
History already told the story of Lovelace, who grew up in New York and Florida and made the most famous porn movie of all time, Deep Throat. She later wrote a book, Ordeal, about her experience making the movie and her abusive husband, Chuck Traynor, who forced her into it. She then became an outspoken critic of the porn industry as a whole before her death in 2002.
The movie starts out like any other biopic, showing her rise to fame and the strict parents that pushed her into the arms of Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). When we get halfway through, after the making of Deep Throat, the evidence of abuse is already starting to show and it's easy to think the film will be another What's Love Got to Do with It. (Things will get worse and worse before she finally leaves.) That's when the movie plays a keen trick. Instead of continuing forward, it goes backward, reshowing the scenes we already saw but with added details. For instance, Linda and Chuck's first night as a married couple wasn't a scene of married bliss as we were first lead to believe. It was actually the first night Chuck raped Linda.
This is a keen tactic because it mimics Linda's story as it unfolded to the public and it uses our expectations of the genre and turns them on their head (though forces them on their back might be a more apt analogy). We knew her as the porn star, passing all sorts of judgements on her and her profession, and later had to rethink those things when the real nature of her relationship with Traynor came to light.
Along with Seyfried, who cannily occupies the head space of an abused woman who vacillates between trying to please everyone and trying to escape, the cast is an embarrassment of riches. The underused and always amazing Debi Mazar plays a fellow porn star, James Franco does a cameo as Hugh Hefner, Chris Noth plays a shady financier, Adam Brody as porn star Harry Reems, Hank Azaria is a badly touped director, Bobby Cannavale is a producer, and Chloë Sevigny shares one short scene with her Big Love costar as a reporter (reunion alert!). Now we need to talk about Sharon Stone, who is completely unrecognizable as Linda's harsh and disapproving mother Dorothy, who practically pushes her daughter into the arms of an abusive man and lives to regret it. It's the best thing she's done since Casino.
As for the movie itself, it has some problems. After retracing the story, it picks up six years in the future when Linda goes public with her allegations of abuse. While it's important to see what she has become, we never get to see her transformation and we never get to see just how she got away from Chuck and into a loving relationship and a quiet life on Long Island. From a journalistic standpoint, that's the information we want to know. We want to see Seyfried make the transformation from a scared bird on a porn set to a staunch domestic violence advocate on Donahue. There haven't been any actresses who started a successful career making porn, but it looks like Seyfried might be the first.
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The Dear John actress felt unable to relate to her sexually-charged character in the biopic about the late Deep Throat star but also felt unable to remove herself mentally from the role until she started on her next project three weeks later.
Seyfried struggled to deal with the more complex sides to Lovelace's life and the beatings she experienced at the hands of her husband and manager Chuck Traynor, and looked forward to her radically different role as the loved-up Cosette in Les Miserables.
She tells British newspaper The Guardian, "Thank God for Les Miserables, and Lovelace really, to show two opposite ends of the spectrum in such a short amount of time. Usually the industry takes note of that, and you're always so desperate for the industry to take nore of you, especially when you're trying to prove yourself. I'm super thrilled about both...
"To understand someone's (Lovelace's) experience is always hard, but to play someone who you can't relate to at all... I'm not virginal, but nor am I in any way, shape or form comfortable with my sexuality to the point that Linda came to be. The hardest thing was understanding the struggle, the depth of her depression, pretending everything was ok while being beaten the s**t out of every day.
"I had three weeks after the movie before I started on Les Mis (sic), but I couldn't get myself out of Lovelace until I turned up on set. It was kind of a relief to play someone who was the complete opposite."
The Mamma Mia! star has stepped away from her wholesome image to play the late porn legend in Lovelace, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard as her onscreen husband and manager Chuck Traynor.
The actress admits she got into character by watching Lovelace's adult movies, including her famous turn in 1972 porn film Deep Throat.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, "It's (the Deep Throat movie) just so fabricated and weird and unnatural. They're so funny. It's the funniest movie... (In Lovelace) we really wanted to tell her side of the story because it's pretty dark.
"She was treated terribly because she was a porn star and she was associated with that one movie her whole life. It's really nice to be able to validate her in some way. She never got the validation she deserved before she died. I'm glad I did this movie."
Lovelace died in 2002. The movie is due for release next year (13).
The actress sheds her wholesome image to play the late porn legend in Lovelace, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard as her onscreen husband and manager Chuck Traynor.
In one scene, Seyfried was asked to simulate a sex act on a frozen ice pop as her character prepared for her infamous role in adult movie Deep Throat, but she admits she held up the shoot because she was giggling hysterically.
Seyfried tells Vanity Fair magazine, "We were doing a scene where I was supposed to be going down on Peter Sarsgaard. We used a Popsicle, and I had my arms covering the Popsicle.
"It was footage that he was going to show the Deep Throat guy, to get her into the movie, to get her cast. I was laughing hysterically throughout. I couldn't stop laughing."
The world has been spoiled by the supernatural transformation undergone by Sir Anthony Hopkins for the upcoming film Hitchcock (previously titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho), but all things considered, Amanda Seyfried's aesthetic take on Linda Lovelace is none too shabby. Seyfried will play the pornographic film star in the biopic Lovelace, which has released a new poster.
Seyfried certainly doesn't look like herself in the image. The young actress is known for her inimitable giant green eyes and light blond hair, both of which she has shed to become the darker Lovelace and tell her severe story.
Peter Sarsgaard plays Lovelace's abusive husband and manager Chuck Traynor, who is said to have forced her into the pornography business. Other noteworthy figures from counterculture will be represented in the film, including Hugh Hefner (played by James Franc) and Gloria Steinem (Sarah Jessica Parker).
Check out the poster below, and consider whether or not you think Malin Akerman will be able to top this for the rival biopic Inferno (or if she'll ever have to).
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Amanda Seyfried will embody adult film star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming biopic Lovelace. The actress is kicking things off by emulating a poster for Lovelace's iconic contribution to the industry, Deep Throat. Alongside Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard will star as Linda Lovelace's abusive husband and manager Chuck Traynor, the man who forced her into her infamous career. Sharon Stone, James Franco, Sarah Jessica Parker, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Robert Patrick also make up the impressive cast.
Check out the new poster, then head over to a previously released Lovelace photo here!
Recent days have been substantially traumatic for Demi Moore, who was hospitalized after a drug overdose, then checked into rehab and dropped out of the developing Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace. Here's wishing that Moore's recovery is as speedy as the film's casting process: they have already found a replacement for the actress, who was set to play feminist activist Gloria Steinem. Mary Louise Parker, best known as the star of Weeds, has accepted the part.
It was reported recently that Chloe Sevigny might be taking Moore's role, but Parker is now confirmed to be portraying Steinem. Parker's role in the film will be a small one; Lovelace is expected to feature several cameos of present day stars playing adult entertainment industry icons of past. For instance, James Franco will be delivering a brief performance as Hugh Hefner.
The main cast features Amanda Seyfried as the focus of the film, with Peter Sarsgaard playing her abusive husband Chuck Traynor. Additionally, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick are on board.