Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biopic of Linda Lovelace is set to premiere in next week at the Sundance Film Festival, but one of the film’s stars didn’t make the final cut.
“Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker filmed scenes as feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Steinem wrote an article on Lovelace (played by Amanda Seyfried) and helped her as she became an anti-porn crusader.
Parker took on the role after the originally cast Demi Moore dropped out at the last minute due to being hospitalized.
During editing, Epstein and Friedman decided to end the story with events in 1980, an earlier cut-off point than originally planned. That meant that the 1984-set coda, including all of Parker’s scenes, were removed from the final cut.
Parker’s is the only notable role that has been completely excised. The rest of the cast including Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Adam Brody are still up there and on screen.
The film is expected to score a distribution deal at the festival before a release in cinemas at the end of the year. It’s uncertain right now if Parker’s scenes will end up on a disc release.