Porn Stars Elbow Their Way Onto Big Screen
Adult films, sex tapes make culture more receptive to adult-film actors
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 1:13 PM CST
In this image released by The Weinstein Co., Seth Rogen, left, and Elizabeth Banks are shown in a scene from "Zack & Miri Make A Porno."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hollywood has some new crossover acts you couldn’t take home to mama, the Los Angeles Times reports. Porn stars are suddenly making it mainstream after years relegated to the cultural sidelines. Hardcore veteran Sasha Grey, for example, will headline Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming film The Girlfriend Experience, while Traci Lords lends her talents to Zach and Miri Make a Porno.

Many adult stars no longer even feel compelled to use pseudonyms, because porn has become culturally acceptable. Jenna Jameson is a household name, and video games and music videos frequently contain explicit bumping and grinding. Paris Hilton’s sex tape didn’t end her career, it started it. “That changed everything,” says Soderbergh. “Or it didn’t change everything; it confirmed that everything had changed.”