The newly released American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story on Amazon Prime is described as:
"A fascinating docuseries chronicling Playboy magazine’s charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, and his impact on global culture. Told from his unique perspective with never-before-seen footage from his private archive, discover the captivating story about the man behind the bunny."
With a synopsis like that, you would think that Hefner's story has been told and there's nothing left to cover, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
"The movie is Hefner’s metamorphosis from a dreamer raised in a conservative Methodist household, to an icon of the sexual revolution. Armed with nude photos of Marilyn Monroe and $8000 he scraped together, Hefner published his first issue in 1953. He became an influential voice in the turbulent 60s, confronting taboos from sex to race relations. He published groundbreaking journalism, hosted the racially progressive TV show “Playboy After Dark;” butted heads with feminists who said he objectified women, even as he pressed feminist causes and other progressive issues like racial integration. He also battled government censors and the Religious Right. Hefner also became known for a hedonistic lifestyle that once would not have seemed possible given his conservative origins that were marked by heartbreak when his first wife admitted she had cheated on Hefner while he was in the Army in WWII. It left Hefner devastated. Indeed, Hefner’s life is a tale with contradictions and one that has long fascinated Hollywood."
I don't know about you, but that sounds a lot more riveting than a docuseries. Because yes, a docuseries and biopic are very different things. I hope this project comes to fruition, as Hefner represents a very specific movement in The American Sexual Revolution that deserves to be seen and heard by the masses. Regardless of what scandal has followed Hugh, it's important to remember the platform Playboy provided for women and society as a whole in lessening the stigma surrounding sexual freedoms and expression.