Actress Lindsay Lohan is shown in the character of actress
Elizabeth Taylor for the television movie "Liz & Dick".
REUTERS/Richard McLaren/Lifetime Network
Lindsay Lohan so wanted to play Elizabeth Taylor in the
upcoming film "Liz & Dick" that she cut out the middle man
and went straight to the producer herself, the tabloid-favorite
star said in an interview today.
Lohan, 26, plays Taylor in an upcoming television movie that
dramatises the long love affair between the late Hollywood
legend and actor Richard Burton.
"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," the "Mean Girls" actress said.
"Because I was like, 'No one else is going to play this role,
I have to do this.'"
Early reviews of "Liz & Dick," which premieres on US
cable channel Lifetime on November 25, have ranged from
middling to poor. But TV critics noted the similarities
between Lohan and Taylor, both often-troubled actresses who
started life as child stars.
"'Liz & Dick' truly drags," said the Hollywood Reporter.
"Luckily, you can't take your eyes off of Lohan playing
Taylor, which the producers clearly thought would work
because they share similar back stories."
Lohan's acting alongside New Zealand's Grant Bowler as Burton
was described by Variety on Friday as "adequate, barring a
few awkward moments, thanks largely to the fabulous frocks
and makeup ... she gets to model."
Lohan's reputation, much like Taylor's, has been built from
her tabloid persona more than on-screen performance.
In and out of legal trouble, jail and rehab since 2007, Lohan
faced media blow-back this week after canceling an in-depth
interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, who said she suspected
the actress' publicity team pulled the plug knowing Walters
would ask tough questions.