Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Perhaps "Porno" Lords can "RocknRolla" with Ritchie next




Steubenville’s own Traci Lords is back to doing porn.
OK, not really, but she does appear in the film within a film that is “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”
Of course, Lords, now 40, made an infamous name for herself by fibbing her way into modeling and the pornographic movie business at the ripe old age of 15. A telltale best seller (“Underneath It All”) explains her, uh, ups and downs and why she eventually turned to the mainstream for fun and profit. On Friday, she returns to the big screen as a gal named Bubbles in the latest film from writer/director Kevin Smith.

“I was very serious when I first started making my crossover in 1986 and 1987,” she said during a recent L.A. interview. “I’ve proven my point, had some fun, and I’ve had -- excuse the pun -- a body of work.

“The thrust of it -- no pun intended again -- is that I wanted to work with Kevin Smith. I had just had my baby. He turned a year old last week. When my manager called me and said, ‘Kevin Smith wants to work with you,’ I said ‘That’s fabulous!’ I had barf on one side and my baby on my breast, and I thought: ‘Wow, make-up and hair, thank God!’ "
Lords continued: “Then (her manager) said, ‘Wait a second. It’s called “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” I said ‘What?’ She said, ‘No, you have to go and read this.’ I was honestly really prepared to say no. I thought, ‘I’m not going to go and do this.’
“Anyway, I went to Kevin’s, sat in his living room, and it made me laugh. I thought it was really funny. He wrote a good script, he made a good movie, I love the love story about it, and I like the character of Bubbles.”

Now, Lords is hoping “Zack and Miri” springboards her to a more serious career in films. “I want to just keep working with really great people,” she said. “I would love to work with the Gus Van Sants, the Scorseses, all of those guys, or just do more smartly written comedy roles for women.”


Well, then, considering the wild and crazy cast of characters in writer/director Guy Ritchie’s “RocknRolla” (which is finally going into wide release this week) maybe Lords can star in the sequel.

“Yes, I have written a sequel,” Ritchie admitted about his current film’s last frame, which strongly suggests a part two to the gangster comedy. "It was (producer) Joel Silver's idea to put that on the end, though.”

Explained Silver, visiting Toronto with Ritchie for September’s 33rd annual film festival: “We'd love to make another one. I want to see what these characters do and I want to see where it goes. At one point, Guy started telling me what happens and I said, 'You know what? I really do want to see what happens.'
“So I said, 'Let’s be ballsy and let’s say that there's going to be a sequel.' I don't know if we're ever going to make one,” Silver concluded, “but if people go to see this movie, then we will make a sequel.”

(Read my review of "RocknRolla" in Thursday's Sun News, along with more comments from Ritchie and some of the stars of his film. Also, look for a quick Q and A with Elizabeth Banks, current "it" girl and the "Miri" in Zack's "Porno," as well as my reviews of Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?" and Clint Eastwood's "Changeling.")

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