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Casting Lindsay Lohan was an expensive gamble for the producer of Liz & Dick. The Elizabeth Taylor biopic not only had to be insured through the roof, but the crew had to be prepared to stop production for those inevitable Lohan scuffles. As producer Larry Thompson told E! News on Wednesday, it was a wild ride.
"Producing a movie with Lindsay is not for the faint of heart," Thompson told reporters.
Due to what Thompson calls the "serious challenges" of "her probation and her history," Lohan's contract came with pages of extra clauses attached. "There never was a 'what if she can act' clause," Thompson clarified. "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...We tried to insure ourselves against things that could and, in fact, did happen."
Like, for example, that car accident. After Lohan allegedly tried to flee the scene of a car crash in June, production was shut down for a day. "I was financially at risk myself," said the producer, who was quick to add that Lindsay apologized.
After all that, however, Thompson says that Lohan's performance improved the film one thousand percent. "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," he gushed. "And the audience is going to benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained."
So will this be Lohan's big comeback movie after all? Thompson may be biased, but he certainly thinks so. "I know there are a lot of people out there who are naysayers, and I think they're gonna be shocked—and people who have believed in her, their belief is gonna be vindicated," he said.
Lohan is also proud of her performance, but wishes that she could relate better to Taylor's passionate love life. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the actress confessed that she'd never had a relationship as intense as Liz's romance with Richard Burton.
"It’s such a wonderful thing. It’s so heartbreaking. Love is scary and I’m yet to find that one person," said Lohan. "I relate to the fact that Elizabeth Taylor once said, 'I love being in love.' I do, too...Yes, I’ve been in love with people -- maybe one or two -- but I haven’t really had a true love yet."
Liz & Dick premieres Sunday, Nov. 25 on Lifetime.
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