Hugh Hefner’s ‘Playboy’ life

by W. Andrew Powell


Mention the name Hugh Hefner and the first word you’ll think of is probably Playboy. Hefner defines that word as much as any ladies man can, and he’s long been associated with the kind of glamour, free spirited fun, and excess that can only be found in America. He’s an icon of the adult entertainment industry, celebrities flock to his parties, and pretty soon his larger than life story will make the even bigger debut on the silver screen.

According to a report from Daily Variety, Brett Ratner has been tapped to direct a biopic on the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and he’s eager to delve into every detail that made Hef’s life so interesting.

“Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution,” Ratner was quoted in the article. “He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show Playboy After Dark when they didn’t put black performers on national television. He broke all kinds of taboos, especially in sexuality. I want to show it all, from the First Amendment struggles to his first orgy to the stroke in the 1980s that almost killed him.”

Hefner founded Playboy magazine in 1953, but over the years expanded his empire to include everything from regional versions of the magazine to clothing and TV channels. Hefner has also been very open about the fact that he has dated numerous Playboy models, often at the same time, and has had a number of them living in the Playboy Mansion with him.

The film, simply titled Playboy, is being written by John Hoffman for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer producing. No release date has been announced.

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