Gloria Steinem really hates porn (I've always wanted to open a news story with that sentence). She has spent a large portion of her career rallying people against the porn industry, saying things like, "Whatever the gender of the participants, all pornography is an imitation of the male-female, conqueror-victim paradigm," and ""Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape." As a result, it makes perfect sense for her to show up in a biopic about Linda Lovelace, a woman who spent her early years as a porn star and her latter years fighting against it. But who would play Steinem in the movie?
Variety reports that Demi Moore will be playing Steinem in Lovelace, a new film from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, though the role is described as a "cameo." The movie already stars Amanda Seyfried in the title role and co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick and Romeo Brown. There has also been talks in recent weeks for James Franco, who was originally attached to the project to play Sarsgaard's role, to make an appearance as Playboy creator Hugh Hefner. In real life, Steinem published an article about Lovelace in Ms. Magazine (a publication she created), which uncovered the truth about the starlet's experience in the porn industry. The movie is currently in production in Los Angeles.
It's worth noting that Steinem was known for having blonde hair while Moore has always had her raven locks, so it will be interesting to see if that changes for the production. As always, though, it's good to hear that Moore is actually acting instead of simply being tabloid fodder.
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