Demi Moore to Play Gloria Steinem Thanks to Ashton Kutcher

I'm sure Demi Moore would have preferred to skip the public drama surrounding her split from Ashton Kutcher, but it sounds like there may be a silver lining to the whole mess—if you call a cameo part in a film about a porn star a silver lining, that is.

Moore is the latest name to be associated with Lovelace, an upcoming biopic about the late Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, and it sounds like a very interesting role for her. No, she's not taking off her clothes in the film (although even at 49 she clearly has the body to do so), she's playing Gloria Steinem.

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure if Demi Moore hadn't dumped the guy who was making public record of his party-girl conquests, she wouldn't have been tapped to play one of the world's most famous feminist icons.


Linda Lovelace's biopics—oddly, there are two of them in the works—have been pulling in a surprising amount of press for their casting picks, starting with Lindsay Lohan, who was originally slated to play Lovelace in Inferno but was reportedly dumped from the project because of her ongoing legal woes. Amanda Seyfried is starring in the title role in Lovelace, with an impressive supporting cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, and Eric Roberts. James Franco is also reportedly on board as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

As for what Gloria Steinem has to do with dirty movies, the background there is that the vehemently anti-porn Steinem once wrote a profile of Lovelace for Ms. magazine describing how the actress was forced into making adult films by her sadistic husband. It's maybe a tiny bit amusing that it's Moore playing Steinem, being as how she once starred in Striptease, but whatever. Bygones!

It definitely seems like a hot movie to be a part of, and playing such a famous figure is a huge win for Moore right now. If you ask me, it's the perfect way to reassert herself in the public eye—both by scoring a role in what may end up being a critically-acclaimed movie, and by
starring as an empowered feminist. Whether or not she really is one, it's certainly better than playing, say, a woman who spent years turning a blind eye to her husband's philanderingss … don't you think?

What do you think about Demi Moore taking on a Gloria Steinem role?

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