Lovelace, the biopic of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, could have just as easily been called A Tale of Two Lindas. What starts as a dreamy fantasy about a girl who finds freedom and the fame she always craved as the poster girl for the sexual revolution quickly sours, circling back to re-tell the same astronomical rise, filling in the dark parts. It’s a fascinating idea, to tell a story like this in two “alternate” universes: one, Linda the star, the other, Linda the manipulated and battered bride. It’s a promising idea that never fully blossoms into success on screen.
In the lead role, Amanda Seyfried shines. She shows her familiar charm as Linda Boreman, the na ve girl who would become Linda Lovelace, the legend. But her real work is done in the heartbreaking second half, as Linda is repeatedly beaten, raped and threatened by her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). It’s a performance that sticks with you. Together, Sarsgaard and Seyfried have developed a smart chemistry that makes their highs and lows all the more intense.
It’s perhaps not a completely honest portrait, glazing over some details of Lovelace’s life. Though that’s not surprising, given the entirely sympathetic tone directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman certainly intended.
The biggest problem is the film’s brief third act where the whole show grinds to a halt. Our story lurches six years forward, Lovelace is now Linda Marchiano: wife and mother. We’re given the martyr’s salvation, but never her recovery.
A story worth telling falls flat here, under the weight of its own storytelling. Epstein and Friedman’s stylistic choices end up outshining the heart-wrenching tale of their heroine; a starlet completely drowned out by her spotlight.
In Elle‘s August 2013 issue, Amanda Seyfried opens up about her love life and her riskiest role yet: porn star Linda Lovelace.
Calling it “the riskiest thing that’s happening [in Hollywood] right now,” Seyfried tells the magazine why she decided to take the role, which had initially been offered to her Mean Girls costar Lindsay Lohan. “The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career,” she says. “At the same time, I was like, ‘This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.'”
As for her own sex life, Seyfried talks about her desire for immediate sexual attraction: “Sparks don’t grow – your vagina doesn’t become more inclined to wanting someone just because you’re around them.” She also talks about her relationship with ex-boyfriend (and Mamma Mia costar) Dominic Cooper: “We love each other … He’ll always be in my life regardless of what his girlfriends or future wife think.”
But as for her current crush:
[He’s] someone separate from my industry life-I’ve known him since he was 16… I picture him as the father of my children all the time. But it is a fantasy right now.
The stars have all been working hard for the last 24 hours.
Amanda Seyfried continued her promotional tour for her latest flick, Lovelace, this week by attending a special screening in London. Also staring Peter Sarsgaard and Sharon Stone, the movie centers around the life and times of adult film actress Linda Lovelace and her struggles with abuse in the porn industry.
Stateside, Katy Perry – and her giant golden semi – hit New York City to promote her upcoming album, Prism. Clad in a crushed velvet dress, the “Roar” singer was spotted signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.
In Miami, Nicki Minaj was busy filming a new music video for DJ Khaled‘s “I Wanna Be With You.” Though she was snapped wandering around set wearing a thick white robe, the rapper gave fans a glimpse of the killer outfit underneath on her personal Instagram.
Launch the gallery above for more of the day’s star sightings.
AMANDA SEYFRIED looked gorgeous in a red bustier dress at the 2012 Hollywood Film Awards Gala, which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Looking smoking hot as always, Amanda walked the red carpet in a sexy red bustier dress by Prabal Gurung, which features nude details on the bodice and a flared, drop-waist skirt.
The blonde beauty accessorized with gold and amber Dana Rebecca Designs earrings, a gold Judith Leiber clutch, and a pair of metallic gold Jimmy Choo pumps.
Glossy waves and a striking red lip finished the look.
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