James Franco - James Franco sneakily read Playboy as a kid

James Franco use to sneakily read Playboy magazine when he was younger.

The 34-year-old actor plays the publication's founder Hugh Hefner in upcoming biopic 'Lovelace' - which stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star character - and he admits he has always been a ''fan'' of the entrepreneur's racy work.

When asked by ShortList magazine whether he has ever met Hugh, James replied: ''No, although I've always been a fan of his work since I was a kid. Seriously, if I could get my hands on his magazines I would - my friend's father had a stash we used to look at when he wasn't home.

''I play him during his 70s persona - a much younger, more self-aware Hef. It's funny, watching old interviews to research the part, I saw that he's not just a smut-hound, he's pretty interesting.

''His aim was to mix the mind and body in his magazine in a way that was unprecedented back then - really raw. It's a tame publication these days.''

James hopes Hugh will appreciate his ''dignified'' portrayal and he has made sure to capture the darker side of porn accurately.

He added: ''I tried to portray him with a bit of complexity and dignity. But there are also the needs of the film to address - to fit him into the kind of story the producers are trying to tell.

''Linda Lovelace might have started off wide-eyed about the porn industry, but it gets serious, and Hef has to deliver some of that harshness to her. I don't think he's seen it yet, but I hope he'll like it.''

The late Linda Lovelace - real name Linda Boreman - is one of the most famous adult actresses of all-time and shot to prominence after appearing in 1972 movie 'Deep Throat'.

However, she later became a prominent anti-porn campaigner and claimed she had been forced into a life of porn by her controlling and abusive husband Chuck Traynor.


Contactmusic

Tags: James Franco - Hugh Hefner - Amanda Seyfried - Linda Lovelace


Editors Recommendations

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

‘Game of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does...

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Jay-Z and Beyonce, on the same bill? Yep, it looks as though the world's richest and most...

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Leonardo DiCaprio will continue his hunt for a best actor Oscar with Gonzalez Inarritu's...

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's "Gone Girl"

The first trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl is out. The last bit of news about the Gillian Flynn...

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

Lindsay Lohan has been hit with the shame and bad publicity of a fellow entertainer...

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

Aaron Taylor-Johnson might seem pretty subdued for a 23-year-old Hollywood actor...

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

Facebook have been splashing out a lot of money lately! Although, we have to say...

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.

It looks like AC/DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because rumors of the band’s...

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.


More recommendations

Comments

James Franco Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on James Franco

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All