One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat (the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success). Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business. The film also stars Juno Temple, Wes Bently, Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, and James Franco as Hugh Hefner.
The day after the premiere, I sat down with Sarsgaard for an exclusive interview. We talked about how he got cast in Lovelace, his initial hesitation to play Chuck Traynor, Sundance, how he prepares for a role, working with Woody Allen on Blue Jasmine, director Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, director S. Craig Zoller’s western Bone Tomahawk, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Peter Sarsgaard Time Index:
- :22 His first reaction to getting the script and hearing that they wanted him to star in the film
- :43 When did he first hear that the film got into Sundance?
- 1:04 Talks about the Sundance experience
- 1:52 Talks about who he plays and the film’s story
- 2:43 Why he wanted to get involved with the project
- 3:38 His preparation process
- 4:17 What’s the most preparation he’s done for any of his roles? Talks about the exhaustion of getting ready for Jarhead
- 5:17 How many takes does he prefer to do?
- 6:10 Talks about the process of working with Woody Allen on Blue Jasmine
- 6:49 How did Woody ask him to be in his latest film? Says he had met with him before, but he called him and wrote him a letter
- 7:58 Was there ever a moment on set where he got to geek out with Woody? Says he got to geek out with him about music. Talks about what it was like working with Woody.
- 9:00 Talks about Night Moves. Says he plays a radicalized environmentalist and talks about working with director Kelly Reichardt
- 10:16 Future projects. Says he’s doing a scary western called Bone Tomahawk with director S. Craig Zoller.