Anything but love

Top Stories

Anything but love

Linda Lovelace became a poster girl for the sexual revolution of the 1970s, but it’s her story of a life marked by domestic abuse and exploitation that is the focus of a new film.

By (Reuters)

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Mon 28 Jan 2013, 10:17 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:55 AM

Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, joined a slate of films exploring the darker side of sex at the Sundance Film Festival.

Seyfried, 27, is best known for playing pretty, wide-eyed blondes in movies such as Mean Girls, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables.

Not this time.

“Everybody has a story and (Linda’s) story is really fascinating and really dark, and I like that stuff. I wanted to portray somebody who really existed and had that story,” Seyfried said.

“I like controversy. I like risks. That doesn’t scare me at all,” she added.

The film chronicles Lovelace’s formative years, her abusive marriage to Chuck Traynor, played by Peter Sarsgaard, and how she was forced into working on the 1972 film Deep Throat, which became one of the highest-grossing films in America.

Traynor, portrayed as a sadistic man with a charming facade, has a destructive relationship with Lovelace in which he abuses her, and at one point sells her to a group of five men.

Both Sarsgaard and Seyfried said they felt the film was less about sex and more about the disturbing course of Lovelace’s life.

After she left the industry and Traynor, Lovelace wrote several contradictory accounts of her experiences and became an anti-pornography activist. She died in 2002 of injuries from a car crash, aged 53.

Sarsgaard, who is often drawn to playing complex and darker characters, said he was uncomfortable playing Traynor.

“I didn’t want to portray him. I really didn’t ... I felt like the point of view of the story was so strongly against him and his perspective, that I’m the kind of guy who looks to see the person in the corner and tries to figure out what’s going on with them,” the actor said.

The actor said he wished he could remove some of the grittier, violent scenes from the film.

“I have two kids, both girls, and it’s getting harder and harder for me to play these roles ... especially the violence to women. I’m really having a problem with it,” he said.

Lovelace is the first of two upcoming films based on the adult star’s life. Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story is also due out later this year, with Malin Ackerman playing the role of Linda, and Matt Dillon as Chuck.

More news from