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Utahn Harry Reems awaits Lovelace biopic at Sundance
Amanda Seyfreid portrays porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic "Lovelace." The movie is on the Premieres slate of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Dale Robinette  |  Sundance Institute
Harry Reems, the former pornstar now a Park City real estate broker, in a scene from "Inside Deep Throat."
Co-star Harry Reems from the original film "Deep Throat," poses in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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Harry Reems, former adult film star, hit rock bottom through drugs and alcohol years ago  but has totally turned his life around for the better.  He's a successful real estate man in Park City.  He loves to golf, too.
(Star of 1972's "Deep Throat," Harry Reems, as pictured in "INSIDE Deep Throat," the documentary that examines the lasting cultural impact generated by "Deep Throat," the sexually explicit film that quickly became the flashpoint for an unprecedented social and political firestorm. (Courtesy photo)  )
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After the film’s release, Reems would continue his career in porn until drugs and alcohol began to overtake his life. (At one point, he said, he woke up in a jail cell in a pool of his own vomit, not knowing how he got there.) In the late 1980s, he made his way to Park City, began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings thanks to an invitation from a Park City police officer, and found religion. Reems married and became a successful real-estate agent until his retirement four years ago.

Since Lovelace’s death, there have been a documentary (“Inside Deep Throat”), a Los Angeles play (“Lovelace: A Rock Musical”) and two films about the actress and the making of the infamous adult film. Another biopic, “Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story,” is in pre-production and slated to star Malin Ackerman (“Watchmen”) as Lovelace.

Co-director Epstein said he and Friedman read everything available, including past interviews with Reems, as well as talked to Lovelace’s family members and her attorney.

“I want [audiences] to understand that in all of her complexities and contradictions, she was a human being,” Epstein said. “That she is someone that lived her life and felt like she wasn’t fully understood.”

vince@sltrib.com

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Screenings » Tuesday, Jan. 22, 9:45 p.m., Eccles Theater, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m., Eccles Theater in Park City; Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City; Saturday, Jan. 26, 11:30 p.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City.

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