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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2009 |

OK. Honestly, I’m not trying to harsh on the Dushku mellow this week. She seems like a very nice person (she’s a Boston girl, after all — oh, well. Nevermind), I just don’t find her to be a particularly compelling actress. She was infinitely serviceable in her role on “Buffy,” but pardon my assholery: She’s kind of out of her depth when she’s not taking off most of her clothes and playing the pin-up object of the Popoholic sex fantasy. When you’re taking off your clothes that often, you’re bound to be hiding something. Here, it’s Dushku’s acting talent, which cannot be found beneath her mid-riff. And I’m sorry, folks, but it’s hard to respect a woman who starred in a Nickelback video.

Anyway, the “Dollhouse” star, who was somehow able to finagle a production deal out of FOX that ultimately landed her back into the hesitantly outstretched arms of Joss Whedon (“You want to make another show with me. Really? Umm … I guess”), is now producing a film. Apparently, they’ll let anyone do it if you have the money to pony up for the rights.

In this case, Dushku secured exclusive rights to the life story of Robert Mapplethorpe, which she’s gonna translate into a movie. Surely, you remember who Mapplethorpe wa? He was a controversial artist back in the 80s who painted a self-portrait with a bullwhip in his ass, as well as a photograph of one dude pissing in another dude’s mouth. And while he stretched the obscenity boundaries, he also became the conservatives’ whipping boy every time they wanted to cut funding for the National Endowment of Arts (which had funded an exhibition of his). Mapplethorpe was most famous, otherwise, for portraits of rock stars. He died, in Boston, in 1989 from AIDS.

The film, working under the title The Perfect Moment (an allusion to that controversial NEA-funded exhibition), will be directed by Ondi Timoner (DIG!), a Sundance darling, of sorts. And fortunately, since Mapplethorpe was gay, there shouldn’t be any love interest parts lying around for Dushku.

Here’s your former glory, Dushku?

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