Sasha Grey. (I’ve been told) She’s a porn star. She’s also the star of the new indie flick The Girlfriend Experience. It’s her mainstream film debut. In the film, she really shows how versatile an actress she is. She plays a high end call girl! I know, I know. What a stretch. Sarcasm aside, by the looks of this trailer I’d have to say she actually has some talent. Obviously I’d need to see more of her, but it looks like The Girlfriend Experience will be the first Sasha Grey film where she doesn’t suck. For the curious, here is a brief synopsis of the film, courtesy of The MovieWeb:
“Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, The Girlfriend Experience is five days in the life of Chelsea, an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation – “the girlfriend experience.” Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control—she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet… “
The film is rated R, for foul language… Oh, and plenty of nudity and sexual content. I would expect nothing less from a porn star turned actress making her mainstream debut. After all, she should stay in her “comfort zone” before she takes on the serious dramas that she is destined to star in. Okay, enough sarcasm. Let’s get serious for a second. I’m all for porn stars, so good for her. I’m also all for people trying to move up in the world, so again, good for her. I just don’t know if I want to see this. I wonder if there is even a large enough potential audience to warrant any attention being paid to this movie. I know that most guys, if they wanted to see Ms Grey on film, would just walk beyond that black curtain at their local video store. Or surf the web so that they could find some of her “finer” works. I could be wrong, and this certainly wouldn’t be the first time. But honestly, I hope for the best. Mostly because I think idie films getting mainstream attention is a great way to infuse new talent into Hollywood. But I have my doubts.
The Girlfriend Experience stars Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, and Glenn Kenny, and opens on May 22nd