'Liz & Dick' may be getting reviews as scathing as Elizabeth Taylor's jewellry collection was pricey, but its troubled star Lindsay Lohan thinks that it was vital she got the role - otherwise the film would've got it wrong.
Lohan, who seems to want to channel her idol, though without the Oscar success and critical acclaim, said that she was at first prepared to sit back and let others make the movie and watch it with all the other young women who might hold Liz in high regard.
But then she thought that letting someone else play Taylor just wouldn't have been good enough for Liz fans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the actress told hacks at a premiere dinner party for the TV movie: “I wasn’t going to let them make this movie without me, first of all. I harassed [executive producer] Larry Thompson,” adding: “because it’s such an iconic story about love and defeat. Elizabeth Taylor was such an icon of mine and to so many other people that I think it was an important film to depict her correctly.”
The film depicts the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (Grant Bowler in 'Liz & Dick'), two screen legends whose acting (and drinking) were epic throughout the 1960s and 70s.
Lohan on the face of it does look perfect for the role: a child star who, like Taylor, has had her troubles off screen.
However here's what THR, one of tinseltown's most respected organs thought of her performance:"Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish. But, whatever you do, don't miss 'Liz & Dick'. It's an instant classic of unintentional hilarity. Drinking games were made for movies like this."
Perhaps Li-Lo should've stuck to 'Scary Movie' after all...
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