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Taylor Lautner Bares All as Porn Star Dirk Diggler at ‘Boogie Nights’ Live Read

The third season of “Live Read, Directed by Jason Reitman” started off with an, ahem, bang Oct. 10, with a live reading of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights,” presented by Film Independent at LACMA.

Reitman opened the evening by asking the audience if anyone brought any children. “You know,” he said, “this is a very profane screenplay.” He explained the process of the popular series, telling the aud that there are no rehearsals, that many in the night’s cast hadn’t met before that night and that it was like listening to great jazz musicians jam.

Taylor Lautner ably stepped into the role of Dirk Diggler with great gusto and was joined by surprise reader Don Johnson as porn director Jack Horner. The pair, seated side by side, had a great rapport as surrogate son and father. Lautner proved himself to be more than just a “Twilight” hunk with a hilarious, intentionally off-key singing performance when Diggler tries to reinvent himself as a singer, and played the porn star’s quieter moments with a touching naivete.

Nick Kroll proved to be man of many voices, taking on several characters in addition to Diggler’s partner in porn Reed Rothchild, especially moving the cast and audience to raucous laughter as club manager and would-be porn star Maurice TT Rodriguez.

Other celebs joining the fun included Judy Greer, Mae Whitman, Jurnee Smollett, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Jarod Einsohn and Kevin Pollack, who had Johnson blushing with his quietly growling portrayal of porn producer the Colonel asking to see Diggler’s prodigious prop.

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