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Adam Brody talks “Lovelace” biopic and not being a “complete” prude

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By Jennifer Vineyard

Whit Stillman was worried when he discovered his “Damsels in Distress” star Adam Brody was about to shoot the “Deep Throat” movie “Lovelace.” “He said, ‘Oh no. I hope you’re not doing any nudity,'” the actor recalled when talking to IFC. But is Brody disrobing for his portrayal of Linda Lovelace’s co-star Harry Reems? “Not really, but I still don’t think Whit will be pleased,” he laughed. “There’s [simulated] fellatio, so…”

Brody said he’s “not a prude, not completely,” so he relished the chance to play the first male porn star who came to prominence in the 1972 adult film. “And the mustache was a big plus,” he joked. “Lovelace also stars Amanda Seyfried as Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as her husband/manager Chuck Traynor, James Franco as Hugh Hefner, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Gloria Steinem. “It’s really sort of a scandalous and interesting piece of history,” Brody said.

Part of the history surrounding the “Deep Throat” movie, however, won’t be in “Lovelace” — the arrest and indictment of Reems on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. “The movie doesn’t get into that,” Brody said. “You’d never know that he was the first actor to be charged like that.”

Brody said that he found it easy to get into character, since he considered Reems to have an “almost brotherly” relationship with his co-star. “Not that I would shy away from something more negative,” he said, “but Harry was the antithesis of her husband, who was just an awful, terrible person. Even though Harry and Linda are sexual, and it’s a little risqué, it still felt innocent. There’s an innocence to him, and he had a happy-go-lucky nature. He giggled a lot.”

Brody didn’t meet his subject, but he researched him by watching interviews that Reems has given as he’s struggled to rebuild his life into something more dignified. “He’s now a successful real estate broker in Utah of all places,” the actor said, “and he’s kept his name. He doesn’t hide from his past.”

An oft-repeated story about Reems is that he won his part in “Deep Throat” because he was hired as a lighting guy, but Brody considers that on part with Harrison Ford getting his first acting gig because he was a carpenter — just another urban legend. “The truth is that Harry had done some porn before,” Brody said. “And when they said they were going to Miami to shoot this movie, he wanted to go and couldn’t afford to, so he offered to be a grip and drive the truck. So he was a grip for a few days as well.”

Brody’s now prepping to play a “morally bankrupt” character in Neil LaBute’s “Some Girls,” about a guy who goes to visit all his exes before his wedding day. “It’s sort of a pilgrimage to right some wrongs,” the actor said. “But since it’s filtered through a LaBute lens, it’s a little more self-serving than that.”

Kristen Bell, Emily Watson, Jennifer Morrison, Mia Maestro play the ex-girlfriends, and Zoe Kazan the sister of his best friend, while the fiancée is never seen. “There are layers of deception,” Brody said. “He’s self-delusional. He’s literally betraying someone. And he thinks he’s innocent but he’s doing hurtful things to explain his side of the story. So he’s trying to convince himself, convince the audience, and convince the women that, ‘No, I’m a good guy!’ by making excuses for all the hurt he’s caused and the selfish life he’s lived.”

“It’s going to be a hectic six-week shoot,” he added. “We’re just starting rehearsals, and I’ve got a lot of dialogue to memorize. I think I got started a little late on learning it.”

In the meantime, Brody can next be seen in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” in which he plays Kiera Knightley’s “deadbeat boyfriend.” “That’s my stock in trade,” he joked. “I like to keep them guessing.”

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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