Hef's a Big (Movie) Lover

A Playboy considers posterity
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2009 12:26 PM CST
Hugh Hefner poses at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on Thursday April 5, 2007.    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – The bathrobed Casanova whose empire helped steam up the small screen is turning to the big, silver one as he considers his legacy, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Everything I learned about love, I learned from the movies," says Hugh Hefner, whose biopic is nearing production. "The reality is because I was not shown affection, I escaped into an alternate universe, and it came right out of the movies."

The Playboy magnate is no idle fan, either: He screens movies in the mansion three times a week and plans to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe. As Playboy struggles in the age of Internet porn, Hef is writing checks for SoCal film programs and trying to influence his biopic—which may star Robert Downey Jr. “I want the film to be something other than a light comedy,” Hefner says, “to have something to say about the change in social sexual values.”