Lindsay Lohan's 'Liz & Dick' Executive Producer Says Working With Her Is 'Not for the Faint of Heart'
Larry Thompson spoke to reporters via conference call on Wednesday (a conversation reported in the Washington Post, among others) to promote the Elizabeth Taylor biopic, and while he had praise for Lohan's performance as the Hollywood legend, he framed his kudos in terms that were less than flattering.
Thompson noted that both Taylor and Lohan were child stars who grew up in Hollywood cocoons, alternately sheltered from the real world and exposed to it by swarms of ever-present paparazzi. As a result, he said, both actresses behaved with "a reckless and wanton disregard for the norm,” a quality that made them both “fascinating to watch.” He added that Lohan "literally at this time in her life knows no boundaries. And that becomes dangerous, that becomes exciting."
That kind of behavior, while "exciting" to watch, can be an ordeal to work with, Thompson noted. "When we finally decided to hire her, we had serious challenges to deal with… due to her probation and her history,” Thompson said. “We had to make a deal where there were pages and pages of ‘what if’ clauses… What if there is a car accident, What if there is a violation of her probation [and] she would be incarcerated. Those ‘what ifs’ were plenty.”
“But through insurance — and I will add she might be the most insured actress who ever walked on a sound stage — we tried to insure ourselves against things that could, and in fact did, happen," he adds
Among the things that did happen: Lohan got into a car wreck, was often late to the set, and on one occasion, didn't wake up from a nap, leading to a 911 call and paramedics rushing to her hotel room to rouse her. "I’ve certainly worked with actresses whose behavior during production was less problematic than Lindsay," Thompson said.
(Granted, Taylor is widely considered one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, while most everyone else is... not. Still... meow!)Celebuzz's request for a comment on the Thompson interview.
Lohan herself has been very careful about promoting Liz & Dick. She canceled an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, then agreed to sit for a chat with a TV personality more likely to toss softballs her way, NBC's Jay Leno. Last night, she made a surprise appearance in a sketch on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon but did not stick around for an interview.
Liz & Dick will air on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 9 PM on Lifetime.