Surprise Of The Century: ‘Liz & Dick’ Producer Says Lindsay Lohan Was Challenging To Work With
9:30 am, November 16th | by Laura Donovan
Who would have thought the notoriously late LiLo would wreak havoc on the set of highly anticipated Lifetime flick, “Liz & Dick”? As much as I wanted things to be different, I saw this coming, and apparently executive producer Larry Thompson wasn’t too pleased about working with her either.
“Producing a movie with Lindsay is not for the faint of heart,” he said during a conference call with reporters. “I turned 50 shades of white actually during the production.”
Though controversy and wild children such as LiLo sell (just look at all the “Liz & Dick” sprinkled ads around New York City. Have you ever seen so many movie posters or ads for a Lifetime movie?!), the redhead came with lots of baggage. Thompson divulged that the film team had to draft up a “what if?” document of plausible bad situations the actress could find herself in during shooting:
“We had serious challenges to deal with due to her probation and her history. We had to make a deal where there were pages and pages of ‘what if’ clauses. There never was a ‘what if she can act’ clause. It was about, ‘What if there is a car accident? What if there is a violation of her probation [and she's] incarcerated?’ Those ‘what ifs’ were plenty.”
They were right to be wary and expect the worst. LiLo famously got into a car accident on her way to the “Liz & Dick” set. It made Thompson very, very nervous and even concerned for his own personal financial situation, but the end result seemed to be worth all the grief and sleepless nights, as he felt satisfied with her overall portrayal:
“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. And the audience is going to benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained.”
Moral of the story (that we learned years ago, but a friendly reminder never hurts): LiLo may give you high blood pressure after you hire her, but you won’t regret taking her on board…if you survive the ride.