Talk about embarrassing. After stepping in for actress Demi Moore (who abandoned her Lovelace role to seek treatment for health and exhaustion issues) Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t even going to be seen in the film.
Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman decided to change the timing of the film, ending it in 1980 instead of 1984—when Lovelace met famous feminist activist Gloria Steinem (Parker).
Friedman told Entertainment Weekly it was a tough call to make, with Epstein referring to Parker as “ pro.”
Lovelace is based on the life of legendary adult film star Linda Lovelace and her rise to fame in the porn world. She’s played by actress Amanda Segfried.
The film debuts next Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival, but the directors are still figuring out details on what will make it into the DVD version of the film.
Last February, Parker spoke with the entertainment show Access Hollywood about her hesitation to step into the role and the little time she had to prepare for it.
“It was difficult because, obviously, the circumstances are not ideal,” the actress said at the time. “Also, of course, the somewhat daunting task of playing somebody with very little time [to prepare], to do it well and properly, and not an impersonation, but rather a complete person with not a lot of screen time and not a lot of preparation.”