Sarah Jessica Parker may have brought sexy to the city but her appeal just won’t cut it for the big screen.
After subbing in for Demi Moore–who suffered for unknown health reasons and was hospitalized–in the porn drama “Lovelace” at the last minute, Parker was given the ax just days before the film’s Sundance debut.
EW exclusively reports that the film no longer needed the role played by the “Sex and the City” star, according to directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
Parker was cast as feminist icon Gloria Steinem in the flick, featuring Amanda Seyfried in the life story of Linda Lovelace (real name Linda Boreman) who starred in the 1972 X-rated movie “Deep Throat” and then became an anti-porn crusader. The original script ended in 1984 so the directors decided to scale back the story to 1980, before Lovelace/Boreman became affiliated with Steinem.
Friedman and Epstein say Parker’s willingness to contribute made it especially hard to tell her she was no longer needed on set. “You never want to make that call,” Friedman said.
“But she was a pro,” Epstein added.
“Lovelace” makes its Sundance premiere on Tuesday.
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