James Franco talks about dark side of porn

James Franco James Franco, 34, plays Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the upcoming biopic Lovelace - which stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star character. He told ShortList magazine: "I play him during his 70s persona - a much younger, more self-aware Hef. It's funny, watching old interviews to research the part, I saw that he's not just a smut-hound, he's pretty interesting. His aim was to mix the mind and body in his magazine in a way that was unprecedented back then - really raw. It's a tame publication these days." James hopes Hugh will appreciate his "dignified" portrayal and he has made sure to capture the darker side of porn accurately. He added: "I tried to portray him with a bit of complexity and dignity. But there are also the needs of the film to address - to fit him into the kind of story the producers are trying to tell. Linda Lovelace might have started off wide-eyed about the porn industry, but it gets serious, and Hef has to deliver some of that harshness to her. I don't think he's seen it yet, but I hope he'll like it." The late Linda Lovelace - real name Linda Boreman - is one of the most famous adult actresses of all-time and shot to prominence after appearing in the 1972 movie Deep Throat. However, she later became a prominent anti-porn campaigner, claiming she'd been forced into porn by her controlling and abusive husband Chuck Traynor.

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  1. Jamie • April 5, 2013 @ 2:03 PM

    I can see him as a young Hef, good casting choice

  2. C-Dub • April 6, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

    I would be interested. I remember old black and white footage of his old show back in Chicago I believe it was. A late night mens club. He was a pioneer in that field and it was actually meant to be more than just nekked ladies. It could be interesting and hopefully Hef give his thumbs up before he passes on.

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