Actors Playing Porn Stars

Amanda Seyfried is just the latest actress to play an adult film star, portraying ’70s icon Linda Lovelace in the recently released trailer for the upcoming Lovelace. From Val Kilmer to Mark Wahlberg, see actors who have preceded Seyfried with roles as porn stars in mainstream films.

Amanda Seyfried
She’s come a long way since Mean Girls! Actress Amanda Seyfried will play porn star Linda Lovelace, best known for the 1972 porn classic Deep Throat, in the upcoming movie Lovelace. It’s a departure from Seyfried’s usual roles, but one she took on without hesitation, she says. “It’s a risky part to take on, but I felt safe,” she told The Daily Beast. The movie, which also stars Sharon Stone and Peter Sarsgaard, hits theaters August 9.

Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore
Several actors, including Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore, appeared as porn stars in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg stars as Dirk Diggler, a well-endowed but inexperienced young porn actor trying to make it big, while Moore plays the drug-addicted Amber Waves. Director Paul Thomas Anderson used the film to expand on his 1988 short The Dirk Diggler Story, which was based on real-life porn actor John Holmes.

Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer plays porn star John Holmes in the 2003 film Wonderland, based on the real-life murders of four people in Los Angeles in 1981. Holmes was one of the most famous porn stars in the 1970s and ’80s, although his later years were plagued by heavy drug use and crime. He was charged with all four Wonderland murders in 1982 but was acquitted on all counts and died six years later from AIDS-related complications.

Courtney Love
‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’
Courtney Love was nominated for several awards for her role as Althea Leasure, wife of porn publisher Larry Flynt, in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt. She meets Flynt, played by Woody Harrelson, while working as a stripper and helps him establish Hustler as a bestselling magazine. The real-life Althea died in 1987 after drowning in a bathtub at the age of 33.

Charlie Sheen
‘Rated X’
Before Two and a Half Men and tiger blood, Charlie Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez portrayed porn pioneers Artie and Jim Mitchell in the 2000 film Rated X. The Mitchells were known for directing the 1972 porn feature Behind the Green Door with Marilyn Chambers. In 1991, Jim killed his brother and was convicted of voluntary manslaughter

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