Jared Leto to play 'Playboy' mogul Hugh Hefner in biopic

Angelo Anderson
October 4, 2017

Hefner was signed on as an executive producer and had given the project his blessing. When Weintraub passed away back in 2015, Ratner managed to snag the rights back again, but this time for his own company, RatPac Entertainment.

Ratner had invited Leto to visit the Playboy Mansion in April of this year when the "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner story" docuseries premiered on the occasion of Hefner's 91st birthday.

Jared is an old friend. But Ratner is not anxious: "there are plenty of pictures of Hef available for Jared to be able to get as much information as he wants". I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. "It is one of our great contemporary actors".

The Face of Sexual Revolution Playboy Mogul Hugh Hefner
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However, Ratner isn't anxious about how this could affect Leto's performance. Ratner still feels though that despite having never been face to face, "there's enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants".

Cristal maintains that she wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for Hef - and she's had her eating disorder under control ever since his intervention. But it may cover the period when Hefner borrowed $8,000 to produce the first issue of Playboy in 1953, and launched the magazine with a set of nude photos of Marilyn Monroe that had first appeared in a calendar four years earlier.

"When I moved to Los Angeles I met Hugh Hefner and he asked me to be his girlfriend and I accepted and I had a wonderful experience with him and the other girls". It's this warring opinion that makes him such an interesting figure though. Personally, I would have loved it if a filmmaker of a better calibre than Ratner (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Rush Hour Trilogy) was at the helm for this though, but you can't deny the appeal of the material itself.

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