Some become household names for all the wrong reasons and Lindsay Lohan is one that inspires images of drugs, drink and drama. After numerous run-ins with the law, the once promising career of Lindsay Lohan has been in a downward spinal for some time. She is now more famous for her multiple arrests and troubled family life then any of her acting accomplishments.
One would wonder what production would take a chance on this troubled actress, which Lifetime did with the upcoming Liz and Dick made for television movie.
According to Lindsay herself, she pushed hard for the role. “It’s a funny story, actually. I had seen that they were going to be making the movie and I got the producers’ numbers and started harassing (producer) Larry Thompson,” Lohan said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I didn’t even care if my agents were going to do it or not, I just did it myself, too. “Because I was like, ‘No one else is going to play this role, I have to do this.’”
Many questioned if this would be the comeback role that Lindsay so badly needs. But early reviews are in and things are not sounding good. Critics have called it spectacularly bad with unintentional hilarity. Hollywood Reporter critic Tim Goodman said Lindsay’s performance is “half train wreck, half SNL skit”.
It’s reported that most of the movie is about Liz and Dick trying to get married, boozing, popping pills and arguing. And all of that happens in the first 30 minutes. One Hollywood reporter said that when Lohan screams, it sounds like a “whiny teen forced to watch some children’s clown show at the mall.”
David Hinckley of the New York Times reports, “It’s tempting to say the movie’s big problem is that Lohan is no Liz Taylor. There aren’t all that many actresses, or women, who can stop a room simply by walking into it.” Playing an icon like Elizabeth Taylor would be daunting for even the most accomplished actor.
But executive producer Larry Thompson was willing to take a risk on Lohan. He told reporters last week: “Overall, my gosh, relative to the performance we got and the movie we were able to make because of her, the pain was worth the pleasure.”
All the publicity surrounding Lohan, combined with the early negative reviews, will likely escalate curiosity in this movie. I wouldn’t be surprised if Liz and Dick is a ratings bonanza for Lifetime…. for all the wrong reasons.
Liz and Dick world premiere Nov. 25th at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.