IT LOOKS LIKE OUR MARCH 2011 SEYFRIED SHOOT MAY HAVE BEEN EERILY PRESCIENT!
There’s nothing like a little healthy competition! Especially in the film industry: would we have appreciated Chistopher Nolan’s magician picture, The Prestige, fully had we not been forced to sit through The Illustionist? Or Capote without Infamous? Probably not. American cinema’s latest competition surrounds two films on the life of 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace: Lovelace, based on Eric Danville’s biography, and Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. Our favorite mean girl, Amanda Seyfried, is rumored to be the Linda of choice for Lovelace, with Peter Sarsgaard slated to play her abhorrent, abusive husband, Chuck Traynor. Inferno was once set to start Lindsay Lohan, which sort of makes us want to put our money on Lovelace (even though Lindsay has long since been replaced by Malin Akerman, with Matt Dillon as Traynor).
Regardless of your porn preferences, if you’ve heard of President Nixon, you’re also aware of Lovelace’s most famous film, Deep Throat. What you may be unaware of, however, is the tragedy surrounding Lovelace’s involvement in the film. In the ’80s, Lovelace (née Linda Susan Boreman) revealed that she had been brutally forced into the world of prostitution and pornography by her husband, Chuck Traynor. According to Lovelace, Traynor literally held a gun to her head. Lovelace eventually joined feminists such as Gloria Steinem in the anti-pornography movement and testified against the genre during the 1986 Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography.