James Franco use to sneakily read Playboy magazine

James Franco use to sneakily read Playboy magazine

James Franco use to sneakily read Playboy magazine when he was younger as he has always been a fan of Hugh Hefner, who he portrays in upcoming biopic ‘Lovelace’

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.