Much as there are competing Alfred Hitchcock flicks, there are also competing Linda Lovelace flicks. Both Lovelace and Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story are racing down the stretch toward the finish line, but it appears Lovelace has pulled ahead…no pun intended.
Rob Epstein and Jerry Friedman’s Lovelace is now officially categorized by IMDb as being in post-production, whereas Matthew Wilder’s Inferno is still in that ugly netherworld known as pre-production (often referred to as “so, are we gonna make this movie or what?”).
Lovelace recently solidified its lead in what we at Slammed & Damned like to call the Lovelace Sweepstakes by releasing its first poster, giving us a look at Amanda Seyfried in her Linda Lovelace makeup, which appears to be just blue eye shadow, pink lipstick and rouge (I’m guessing this performance will be all about costume, attitude and Seyfried’s smoldering saucer-size eyes).
For comparison’s sake, and for those too young to remember, this is what the real Linda Lovelace looked like.
I suppose the resemblance is close enough, but I fear the filmmakers have ignored the fact that in the 1970s, the porn industry was staffed with people who looked like people, as opposed to the contemporary porn industry, where most performers look like blow-up dolls.
Yes, the ’70s were a grittier time, full of grittier people who had yet to discover the joys of dermatology, cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery. And while I worry that everyone in Lovelace will look too, well, good, I have to bear in mind that the movies are the movies, where the people onscreen always say the right thing and always are a little prettier than they are in real life. Unless, of course, that movie is a ’70s porn flick.