The 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat made headway (no pun intended) as the first film of its kind to feature a plot, earned $100 million – or $600 million, depending on whom you believe – and ultimately became an unforgettable piece of pop culture. But what you see in the film, its reception and figures in no way represent what was going on behind the camera, and director Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace is here to shed some light on just that.
Amanda Seyfried leads as Linda Lovelace. While she may have become a household name for her sexual freedom and talents, growing up, Linda was an innocent young girl who always obeyed her parents’ strict curfew. That is until Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) walked into her life. Chuck took Linda under his wing, made her his adoring wife, and, ultimately, turned her into a star. But despite the fact that Linda essentially capitulated the couple to fame, money, and success, Chuck always wanted more, even if more came at Linda’s expense.
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The moment you’re famous enough that your voice becomes recognizable, the animated movie offers must come pouring in, but even after years of being in the spotlight, Epic only marks Amanda Seyfried’s very first foray into the world of voice work. She plays Mary Katherine, the daughter of Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who’s essentially given up everything for an obsessive pursuit to prove that there are tiny warriors living in the forest. Like everyone else, MK isn’t buying it, but when Queen Tara (voiced by Beyonce Knowles) has no choice but to shrink MK down to Leaf Man size so she can help save the forest, MK realizes her father’s been right all along.
With Epic on its way to a May 24th release, Seyfried sat down in New York City to talk about making the film and more. We ran through what drew her to the project, her love of the forest, the challenge of tapping into her imagination while in a sound booth, the physicality involved in doing voice work, how voicing an animated character compares to singing live on set, and the awkwardness of non-dialogue voice work. Seyfried also offered an update on her upcoming projects including Lovelace and Z for Zachariah.
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