Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Boogie Nights is a film about the straight adult film industry in the 1970s. The characters are thinly-veiled fictions based on real-life people and events:

  • Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler is based on John Holmes.
  • The drug-deal-gone-wrong scene is based on Holmes' involvement in the Wonderland murders.
  • Robert Ridgely's The Colonel James is an amalgam of Jim and Artie Mitchell, the highly influential porn theater and strip tease parlor owners and porn producers of the 1970s.
  • Heather Graham's Rollergirl is loosely based on underage porn starlet Traci Lord.
  • Amber Waves' attempt regain custody of her child is based on the life of adult film starlet Veronica Hart.
  • William H. Macy's Little Bill is based on porn actor Cal Jammer, who committed suicide on his porn starlet girlfriend's front lawn (an episode famously later chronicled in a New Yorker article in 1993)
  • Melora Walters's Jessie St. Vincent is an amalgam of porn performer Jessie St. James and porn producer Julia St. Vincent.

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