Hollywood Execs Don't Like Lindsay Fully Loaded
Thursday May 31, 2007
While "work hard, play hard" is hardly an unknown mantra in Hollywood, Lindsay Lohan's recent exploits may have crossed the line. The New York Times reports that in light of her return to rehab on May 28, studio executives are "mentally wiping Ms. Lohan from their short lists."
One studio chief, under the guise of anonymity, told the Times, "he would not hire her until she proved herself healthy and reliable." That could mean being sober, as well as covering her own insurance, even on an independent film, the NYT reports.
None of this comes as a surprise to people in the film industry, given Lohan's previous problems on-set. After she failed to attend the international press junket for her film Herbie: Fully Loaded, Disney severed ties with the actress, who had made previous films of theirs like Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap, a success. And a letter from the producer of Georgia Rule calling Lohan, 20, a "spoiled child" that was leaked to the press allowed everyone a window into the actress' destructive behavior.
But is Hollywood giving Lohan and other young actors a "do what I say and not what I do" message? The Times claims that those in Lindsay's camp find the industry's current position "disingenuous." After all, Disney gave 16-year-old Lindsay a $1 million dollar bonus check for Freaky Friday, and that letter-writing producer, James G. Robinson, asked Lohan to accompany him to a George Clooney tribute. Lohan's publicist, Leslie Sloane-Zelnick, told the Times: "At the end of the day, her talent will prevail. Someone will take a chance on her."
It appears, in fact, that someone already is. Producers Rob Hickman and Shirley MacLaine, who had recently signed Lohan to star in their film, Poor Things, released the following statement about Lindsay's involvement: "In the spirit of helping Lindsay Lohan and her rehabilitation, we have been asked by Lindsay to comply with her wishes to continue working on Poor Things. We are trying to rearrange the shooting schedule to facilitate her working at the end of the shoot, to coincide with the completion of her rehabilitation. We wish her love and the blending of mind, body and spirit."
Usmagazine.com readers are evenly divided over whether Lohan’s personal troubles will come back to haunt her. When asked “Do you think going to rehab will hurt Lindsay’s career?” 4,022 of you answered “yes,” and 4,017 said “no.”
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