n a far cry from her memorable — if not exactly well-received — role in Striptease, Demi Moore has been cast as pioneering feminist and anti-pornography critic Gloria Steinem in the upcoming Lovelace, a biopic about Linda Lovelace who headlined one of the most successful porn movies ever, Deep Throat. Steinem famously wrote a 1980 expose in Ms. magazine titled "The Real Linda Lovelace," detailing the abuse and sexual exploitation Lovelace suffered at the hands of her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). Does Moore have the chops to pull off this supporting role?
This is stunt casting at its worst: Sure, "I can kind of see a resemblance" between Moore and Steinem, says Jen Yamato at Movieline. But along with the plan for James Franco to cameo as Hugh Hefner — plus Sharon Stone and Hank Azaria in supporting roles — this is turning Lovelace into a "bizarrely distracting hit parade-sideshow of stars." It would be a shame to see Lovelace's "compelling life story...lost in a cast almost entirely [composed] of actors unable to disappear into roles."
"Demi Moore as Gloria Steinem, the latest distracting casting move for Lovelace"
Actually, Demi will be terrific: The negative reaction to Moore's casting is unfair, says Aly Semigran at Entertainment Weekly. Plenty of actresses have made similar stretches — Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida, or Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, for example. Moore can arguably nail this. Remember A Few Good Men and Ghost? "Moore's strengths have always lain in drama." With the raves she's receiving in the Wall Street drama Margin Call, and her upcoming turn as Steinem, Demi is poised for a major comeback.
"Demi Moore heads back to the big screen post-Ashton Kutcher split: All the right moves?"
At least she's not the film's worst-cast actor: Moore's casting as Steinem may be making all the headlines, says Kevin Jagernauth at Indie Wire. But "the most eyebrow-raising bit of casting" is Adam Brody as Harry Reems, Lovelace's co-star in Deep Throat. Fans of teen soap operas from the early 2000s may remember Brody as The O.C.'s awkward Seth Cohen, a fidgety comedic role in which Brody gave no indication that he could pull off playing a mustachioed porn star being prosecuted by the FBI on charges of obscenity.
"Demi Moore to cameo as Gloria Steinem in Lovelace, Adam Brody takes role of Harry Reems"
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- Why is American internet so slow?
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' confused man-crush on Vladimir Putin
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Don't worry: World War III will almost certainly never happen
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- The one simple thing that can make you much more impressive
- The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi dismantles another ObamaCare myth
- How to take the perfect profile picture for online dating, according to science
- Religious liberty should be a liberal value, too
Subscribe to the Week