Ratner's Playboy Biopic Shows Cultural Impact
Hugh Hefner, The Last American Hero.
"Hefner inspired contemporary America," said Ratner. "Hefner was a big part of the sexual revolution in America, and changed our thinking and the way people thought about sex and nudity. He was a big inspiration. I don?t think people are familiar with who he was and what he created in this country and what he stood for and the taboos that he broke.
Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
Covering his life into his 50s, Ratner will address many of the celebrities involved with Hefner's life. "He had Lenny Bruce on television, for the first time. He put black people on national television, performing, before anybody did, on Playboy After Dark. James Brown could not get TV performances, and he was putting him on TV. And, he showed black people and white people dance together. The Playboy philosophy is very complex, but basically says that people should be able to enjoy their lives and have as much fun as they want, as long as they don't hurt other people. His philosophy about life and his First Amendment fights were helpful to women, men, minorities, and all kinds of people."
Of course, there was the sex too. The film will probably have an R rating. "There will be some orgies from the 70's in there. In that period, that's when orgies became popular."