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There's a reason that Lindsay Lohan's comeback has been so difficult, and that reason is Lindsay Lohan.
This week, the New York Times Magazine published a scathing report from the set of Lohan's upcoming film, The Canyons, describing all the times she derailed filming with her tantrums and disappearing acts. On Friday, TMZ followed up with an audio recording of Lohan throwing a diva fit on set, telling her costar James Deen to "do your f**king job" and talking back to the director. Listen below (warning: strong language)!
When audio like this is released, it's a good idea to take it with a grain of salt; you don't really know what's happening on a movie set unless you're there. A lot of actors behave strangely because they're trying to stay in character, or they're having difficulty focusing on the scene between takes. This is why so many fellow performers came to Christian Bale's defense after his infamous Terminator: Salvation rant hit the Internet.
Unfortunately, if the Times article is accurate, it sounds like Lohan made the whole experience of shooting The Canyons pretty nerve-wracking for everyone. The journalist documented her onset drinking, chronic lateness, constant insults, insistence on wearing weird eye makeup, and refusal to do a sex scene in her contract. At one point, she was reportedly fired, then cried herself into being rehired. And she went into hysterics when she thought that Deen was getting more screen time than she was.
Even so, the people who worked on the film have defended their decision to cast her. One of her recent costars -- Grant Bowler, who played the Richard Burton to her Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick -- has also come to her defense, saying she never acted the diva towards him.
"To be completely fair to Lindsay, that did not happen. She didn't threaten me at all," Bowler told E! News. "We had a lot of quiet, serious conversations about characters and we worked very, very hard. And we both ensured that when we came to set, we came to set very, very serious. That's the God's honest truth."
Watch a preview clip from The Canyons below. (Warning: there's strong language and yelling towards the end.)