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Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s. The film is an expansion of Anderson’s mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story (1988).It stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy and Heather Graham.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 1997 and was released on October 10, 1997, and garnered critical acclaim. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Anderson, Best Supporting Actress for Moore and Best Supporting Actor for Reynolds. The film’s soundtrack also received acclaim.
Casting role of Boogie Nights Then and Now
In 1997, Paul Thomas Anderson made Mark Wahlberg a huge, huge star with the film ‘Boogie Nights.’ The film followed a dishwasher who uses his very, uh, sizable talents to enter the world of the adult film industry. While his star quickly rises, his life — and the lives of his colleagues and friends — begins to unravel. We take a look back at the cast of this film 19 years later (if you can believe it) to see what they’re up to now.
Mark Wahlberg, Dirk Diggler
Then: The role of Dirk Diggler was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to turn it down because he already signed on for ‘Titanic.’ It was actually DiCaprio who suggested his friend Mark Wahlberg for the part. Joaquin Phoenix also turned the role down, due to concerns over portraying a porn star.
Now: ‘Mark Wahlberg got his start headlining the musical group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, later going on to a modeling career and acting success in Hollywood.Wahlberg transformed from rapper to Hollywood actor and never looked back, starring in films such as Boogie Nights and Three Kings. His recent projects include Lone Survivor (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Ted 2 (2015).
Julianne Moore, Amber Waves
Then: The role of Amber Waves — porn star, drug addict, and mother battling for visitation with her estranged child — was originally offered to Marisa Tomei. When she turned it down, it went to Julianne Moore.
Now: Moore went on to reunite with Anderson for the film ‘Magnolia,’ and recently portrayed Sarah Palin in the HBO film ‘Game Change. She also starred as another mother battling over her child in the indie film ‘What Maisie Knew.’
Burt Reynolds, Jack Horner
Then: Warren Beatty and Sydney Pollack were both offered the role of porn director Jack Horner before the role went to legendary actor Burt Reynolds. To research the role, Reynolds visited porn sets and spoke with workers in the industry. After seeing the completed film, Reynolds regretted taking the role and fired his agent — though he went on to win a Golden Globe for it and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Now: Reynolds doesn’t act as much these days — he appeared in a 2011 made-for-TV movie called ‘Reel Love,’ and has lent his voice to the video game ‘Saints Row: The Third’ and the animated comedy ‘Archer.’
Don Cheadle, Buck Swope
Then: Samuel L. Jackson was offered the role of Buck Swope, a porn star and stereo salesman who hopes to open his own store. The part eventually went to Don Cheadle.
Now: Cheadle played Rhodey in both ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Iron Man 3’ (replacing Terrence Howard, who had the role in the first film), and currently appears on the Showtime series ‘House of Lies.’
John C. Reilly, Reed Rothchild
Then: John C. Reilly, who previously appeared in Anderson’s first film, ‘Hard Eight,’ played Reed Rothchild, Dirk’s colleague and best friend.
Now: Reilly went on to appear in Anderson’s ‘Magnolia,’ and can be seen next in the films ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ and ‘Life After Beth.’ He’s also been cast in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’
William H. Macy, “Little” Bill Thompson
Then: William H. Macy’s agent discouraged him from reading the script, but Macy fell in love with it and decided to be in the film anyway. Macy plays “Little” Bill Thompson, assistant director to Jack Horner, and a man distraught over his wife’s affairs. His wife is actually played by porn legend Nina Hartley.
Now: Macy also went on to appear in ‘Magnolia,’ and can be seen next in the films ‘A Single Shot,’ ‘Trust Me,’ and ‘Rudderless.’ He currently stars in the Showtime drama series ‘Shameless.’
Heather Graham, Brandi/”Rollergirl”
Then: Heather Graham played Rollergirl, a high school dropout and porn star who never takes off her rollerskates. Gwyneth Paltrow was initially offered the role, but turned it down.
Now: Graham recently reprised her role from ‘The Hangover’ in ‘The Hangover Part 3,’ and appeared in the films ‘Compulsion’ and ‘Behaving Badly.’ In 2012, she starred in another porn-centric film, ‘About Cherry’ — this time, she played a director.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Scotty J.
Then: Jack Black was considered for the role of Scotty J., a gay boom operator for Jack Horner’s movies and a groupie to the porn stars. The part went to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who previously starred in Anderson’s ‘Hard Eight.’
Now: Hoffman has appeared in all but one of Anderson’s films (‘There Will Be Blood’ being the exception), and was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his performance in ‘The Master.’ He can be seen next in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘A Most Wanted Man.’
Alfred Molina, Rahad Jackson
Then: Aldred Molina played Rahad Jackson, a big time drug dealer whom Dirk, Reed, and their criminal buddy Todd try to rip off. The character of Rahad is based on real life Hollywood gangster Eddie Nash, and the scenario in the film is taken from an incident when legendary and tragic porn star John Holmes (who inspired the character of Dirk) and his buddies robbed Nash, inciting Nash to retaliate by murdering Holmes’ cohorts. That story was also used as the basis for the film ‘Wonderland,’ in which Val Kilmer played Holmes.
Now: Molina recently lent his voice talents as Professor Knight in ‘Monsters University,’ appeared in an episode of ‘Drunk History’ as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and guest-starred on episodes of ‘Monday Mornings’ and ‘Harry’s Law.’
Nicole Ari Parker, Becky Barnett
Then: Nicole Ari Parker played porn star Becky Barnett.
Now: Parker went on to have a lead role in the ‘Soul Food’ TV series, which ran from 2000 to 2004. She appears on the series ‘The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives,’ and has starred in the films ‘Black Dynamite’ and ‘Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins.’
Thomas Jane, Todd Parker
Then: Thomas Jane played Todd Parker, one of Dirk and Reed’s ne’er-do-well criminal friends who helps them try to rip off Rahad Jackson.
Now: Jane has appeared in the films ‘The Punisher,’ ‘The Mist,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ and starred on the TV series ‘Hung.’ He had a small role in Anderson’s ‘Magnolia,’ and is married to actress Patricia Arquette.
Melora Walters, Jessie St. Vincent
Then: Melora Walters played Jessie St. Vincent, a porn star who marries Buck Swope and becomes pregnant with his baby. The studio wanted a bigger name for the role and suggested Patricia Arquette, who would later marry Walters’ ‘Boogie Nights’ co-star Thomas Jane. Anderson got his way and the role went to Walters, who previously appeared in his film, ‘Hard Eight.’
Now: Walters also appeared in ‘Magnolia’ and had a small role as the voice of a band member in ‘The Master.’ She currently appears in the indie drama ‘Short Term 12.’
Boogie Nights Reviews and Rating
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” is an epic of the low road, a classic Hollywood story set in the shadows instead of the spotlights but containing the same ingredients: Fame, envy, greed, talent, sex, money. The movie follows a large, colorful and curiously touching cast of characters as they live through a crucial turning point in the adult film industry.
In 1977, when the story opens, porn movies are shot on film and play in theaters, and a director can dream of making one so good that the audience members would want to stay in the theater even after they had achieved what they came for. By 1983, when the story closes, porn has shifted to video and most of the movies are basically just gynecological loops. There is hope, at the outset, that a porno movie could be “artistic,” and less hope at the end.
“Boogie Nights” tells this story through the life of a kid named Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) from the San Fernando Valley, who is a dishwasher in a Hollywood nightclub when he’s discovered by a Tiparillo-smoking pornographer named Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). “I got a feeling,” Jack says, “that behind those jeans is something wonderful just waiting to get out.” He is correct, and within a few months Eddie has been renamed “Dirk Diggler” and is a rising star of porn films.
If this summary makes the film itself sound a little like porn, it is not. Few films have been more matter-of-fact, even disenchanted, about sexuality. Adult films are a business here, not a dalliance or a pastime, and one of the charms of “Boogie Nights” is the way it shows the everyday backstage humdrum life of porno film-making. “You got your camera,” Jack explains to young Eddie. “You got your film, you got your lights, you got your synching, you got your editing, you got your lab. Before you turn around, you’ve spent maybe $25,000 or $30,000.” Jack Horner is the father figure for a strange extended family of sex workers; he’s a low-rent Hugh Hefner, and Burt Reynolds gives one of his best performances as a man who seems to stand outside sex and view it with the detached eye of a judge at a livestock show. Horner is never shown as having sex himself, although he lives with Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), a former housewife and mother, now a porn star who makes tearful midnight calls to her ex-husband, asking to speak to her child. When Jack recruits Eddie to make a movie, Amber becomes his surrogate parent, tenderly solicitous of him as they prepare for his first sex scene.
Depending upon the viewer response to the fifth series, a renewal on Boogie Nights is going to be in 1st January 2017. Although there had seen a drop in viewership in the series, the average number of viewers were high enough for a next cast. If the present series manages to increase ratings for the show, a next season is certainly expected. Updates for any new announcements would be given right here. Do stay tuned in for latest update on your favorite show.