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Scenes from film about Larry Flynt shot in Oxford
By Jane Hill
OXFORD – A courtroom in Lafayette County will be the site of a trial over First Amendment rights this week. Only this trial won’t end with the fall of the judge’s gavel, but when the director shouts “Cut!”
The Lafayette County circuit courtroom is being used as a location for the film “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Woody Harrelson as the controversial Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.
The Columbia Pictures film focuses on the many legal battles Flynt fought over the editorial content of his pornographic men’s magazine, said Michael Klastorin, publicist for the film which is primarily shooting on location in Memphis.
“This film is not so much about Flynt himself but about the many court battles he fought in protection of the First Amendment,” Klastorin said.
The Lafayette County courtroom will double for the Roanoke, Va., courtroom where Flynt defended himself against a libel suit brought by Moral Majority leader and evangelist Jerry Falwell. The second-story courtroom will be in use by the film crew, about 100 extras brought down from Memphis and Harrelson through Wednesday, Klastorin said. There will be no exterior scenes shot in Oxford, he said.
The film is being directed by Milos Foreman, whose credits include the Academy Award winning films “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Amadeus.”
The film’s producer, Michael Houseman, also saw local literary sensation John Grisham’s novel “The Firm” made into a movie, also making use of Memphis locations.
Harrelson’s earlier films include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Indecent Proposal” and “Money Train.” He first rose to prominence playing a simple-minded bartender on the television sitcom “Cheers.”
Co-starring with Harrelson are his brother Brett Harrelson and Courtney Love, the lead singer for the alternative band Hole and widow of Curt Cobain, former lead singer for the band Nirvana. Love portrays Flynt’s wife in the film.
James Cromwell, who has been nominated this year for best supporting actor for the family film “Babe,” also stars in “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” Klastorin said.
The film is scheduled to be released in November.