Anna Faris Drops Out of Linda Lovelace Biopic

Bob Preston
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Actress Anna Faris has dropped out of one of her longtime pet projects, a biopic about "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace.

Faris told the Australian movie news website MovieHole that she plans to "stick to comedies." She also called the role "too intense."

Faris had been the leading proponent of the movie, to be titled "Inferno," for more than a year. Last September, Faris tapped first-time filmmaker Matthew Wilder to direct the movie, which she saw as a great challenge at the time.

“There’s a project about Linda Lovelace, the porn star, that we’re really hoping to put together soon,” Faris told “It’s a really deep, dark drama — and it would be cool for me to do.”

Faris' commentary about the project continued to indicate an excitement about the dark, emotional intensity the actress would have to access in order to successfully play the role.

“You’re not going to even know who I am,” said Faris, who has had small roles in the dramas "Lost in Translation" and "Brokeback Mountain." “I’m not there right now, but I will be when the time comes. I’ll be in a very dark place.”

Online reports also suggested that Sam Rockwell would join Faris in the movie.

Faris recently found big-time mainstream success with the release of the comedy "The House Bunny," which has grossed more than $45 million since its Aug. 22 release.

In related news, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Faris will host this weekend's episode of "Saturday Night Live." Faris first made her mark on Hollywood with roles in such lighthearted fare as the "Scary Movie" spoofs. She also turned in a well-received performance as herself on the HBO original series "Entourage."