Mark Wahlberg played a down-and-out nobody reborn as adult industry legend named Dirk Diggler, his nom de porn a reference to his freakishly large dong. Diggler and his giant junk are welcomed into a world of free love and easy drugs by veteran smut producer Jack Horner Burt Reynolds and his porn actress Amber Waves Julianne Moore , just before the fun grids to a halt in the early '80s. Probably a few of them, but I fear that most of them might be dead," Anderson said. The meteoric rise and brutal fall of Dirk Diggler bears striking similarity to that of John Holmes , the famously well-endowed '70s porn star who later succame to drug addiction and a life of crime. Anderson spent a lot of time with the porn legend in the year before filming, and Jeremy was even kind enough to invite cast members to the sets of his movies. He famously beefed with Anderson during filming, chalking it up to working for an arrogant up-and-comer. The spot-on fake pornos he shot for the film, which forced Julianne Moore to act poorly for once, prove Anderson knew his stuff and clearly got to live out a fantasy of his.
Anderson, who was raised in the Valley during the early days of the porn industry, made the film as a tribute to the schlocky films that got him off as a teenager.
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Still, he kind of had to say no to make room for James Cameron's Titanic , which became the highest-grossing film of all time after its release and turned Leo into a global superstar who can pick any movie he wants to star in and seemingly date any supermodel as well. That's asking an awful lot of an actor, honestly. And you know, coming from the underwear background, the music stuff, I was like, 'Ehh, I don't want to do this. In any case, the sex scenes in Boogie Nights were definitely a hell of a lot more interesting to shoot than that "Draw me like one of your French girls" nonsense.