At Sundance: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman: 'Lovelace'
By Jerry Portwood
You don't remember Linda Lovelace? Well if you're too young, or those years are blurry, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman—most famous for the documentaries The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads, and The Celluloid Closet as well as last year's feature, Howl—want to refresh your memory. They've worked on the feature film Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried as the porn legend, along with Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, and Juno Temple, about the young lady who arrived in Hollywood and turned into the most famous porn star (originally named Linda Boreman) in the highest-grossing porn of all time, Deep Throat. (If you haven't seen the Inside Deep Throat doc, watch it now.)
The film premieres at Sundance and, as the filmmakers explain in this video, "In some ways we thought of her as the first reality star. At first she was famous for being in Deep Throat, but then she was famous just because she was famous."
As Seyfried explained to Vanity Fair: “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.”
Watch the clip of the filmmakers explain their reasons for making the film below: