MAN CRUSH MONDAY: Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights
For those of you who haven’t seen the 1997 film Boogie Nights, the movie is centered around the main character a teenage busboy named Eddie Adams, played by Mark Wahlberg who resides in the San Fernando Valle in 1977. He is discovered by porn director Jack Horner, played by Burt Reynolads, who introduces Adams to the porn industry. Finding huge success in the industry Adams renames himself and as he assumes his new persona, adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Adams is brought into a supportive circle of friends who are also players in the adult industry, including fellow actors Amber Waves played by Julianne Moore, Roller Girl played by Heather Graham and Reed Rothchild played by John C. Reilly. Dirk fulfills all his goals, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down.
Boogie Nights Fun Facts!
Boigie Nights was written, directed and produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, who was inspired to write the movie as an ode to his younger days; when he grew up in Los Angele's San Frandeo Valley in the 1980's.
"He was growing up in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, obsessed with the studios all around him. He wanted in and hustled plenty — sneaking onto sets, working a Betamax camera from the age of 12, filming everything — but he also gained entrée from his father, Ernie, who was famous from his voice-over work for ABC on shows like The Love Boat. Anderson also became consumed by porn and the Bizarro Hollywood industry that claimed the Valley as its Fertile Crescent. His relationship to the material differed from that of the average high schooler. There was the fucking, sure. But the real seduction was in the imagined backstories, the circumstantial tragicomedies of the casts and crews, which inspired Anderson to write and film The Dirk Diggler Story, a 32-minute mockumentary-style short about the pursuit, delusions, and costs of fame.” Grantland.
Director Paul Anderson wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of Eddie aka Dirk Diggler. Although DiCaprio loved the screen play, he could not accept the role because he was signed to work on Titanic; so he referred Mark Wahlberg. Anderson also asked Joaquin Phoenix to play the role; but he was concerned about playing a porn star and he was dealing with his brother’s Rive Phoenix passing.