From the Pre-Cancer Annals: The Porno In My Past

Okay, it has come up elsewhere so I thought I’d clarify something:

Yes, I was an extra in the movie  Linda Lovelace For President. 

Okay, I’ll just leave that there for a moment… 

…before I add that I was an uncredited, fully-clothed extra. Part of the movie was filmed on the University Of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas and my participation was completely accidental.

I came out of a class to find the main road through the centre of campus lined with cheering students holding signs that said U.R.P. 

Spotting a grad student friend from the theatre department, I asked him what was going on. 

“They’re filming part of Linda Lovelace for President here and we’re all going to be in it!” he said, waving his sign.

“And what’s U.R.P.?” I asked.

“Upright Party, honey!”

Never wanting to be seen as less than upright myself, I immediately joined the party and cheered myself hoarse as a convertible cruised past with a beautiful woman waving to the crowds. The director did several takes while the light was still good.

Later I found out we had all been cheering Linda Lovelace’s stand-in and I felt a bit cheated. 

The film came out the following year. I don’t know how it did over-all but in Lawrence, Kansas, it was a blockbuster, with all shows sold out every night. And of course, I went to see it. I couldn’t find myself but I know I was there, fully-clothed and uncredited. However, I did spot Micky Dolenz in a bit part as a bus driver. His (very brief) scene was out-of-focus. At the time we blamed the projectionist but later I wondered if that wasn’t by his request.

And that’s the true account of the (soft-core) porno I did as an undergrad. 

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12 thoughts on “From the Pre-Cancer Annals: The Porno In My Past

  1. I’ve done a fair amount of extra work over the last 8 years. I love watching movie making and wish I had the stamina to be crew. The older I get, the more likely I am to be seen in pieces – my head in the background behind Diane Keaton in Love the Coopers, or my vivid blue wristwatch band behind Alec Baldwin’s head in Concussion. *sigh*

  2. Well, it’s a good thing you decided to come out with it now before some sleazy journo got hold of it and we first learned of it in lurid headlines! LOL fun memory.

  3. I was also an extra in an NC-17 film but I did it on purpose and was paid for it. I did precision driving for John Waters’ A Dirty Shame.

    And Johnny Knoxville flung himself between me and a yellow jacket. He said his mom is also allergic so he is used to sacrificing himself. 🙂

    • This also raises my opinion of Johnny Knoxville two hundred percent. I’m not allergic but I’ve been stung by every kind of stinging insect there is, and while it’s not a crisis, it ain’t a picnic, either.

      That said, I, too, would take a stinger for anyone allergic who is allergic. Anaphylactic shock is less picnic-like; I’ve been through that, as detailed in an early entry in the blog from last year.

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