Rosie O'Donnell: Lindsay Lohan Isn't "Capable" of Playing Elizabeth Taylor

"I think she's not in a place to work...I don't think she's right for the role," says O'Donnell about LiLo tackling the icon in a Lifetime biopic

It's official: Lindsay Lohan is in. She'll start filming her role as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's TV movie, Liz & Dick in June. "I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor," Lohan says. "She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honored to have been asked to play this role."

While Lindsay may think she's a perfect fit to play the icon, not everyone thinks the volatile actress is ready to tackle this role -- just ask Rosie O'Donnell! This morning, Rosie weighed in the subject while sitting on Today's professionals panel (which also included Star Jones and Donny Deutsch). O'Donnell expressed a common concern among Hollywood types, which is that Lohan is still in need of help and some time away, considering her recent spate of legal troubles and her struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

"I feel very sorry for her -- I think she needs a lot of help," said O'Donnell. "She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not at rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work…I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed." Watch Rosie's segment on the Today show here (the LiLo conversation starts at around 8:00): 


Well, Rosie, tell us how you really feel! According to E! News, the biopic's producer, Larry Thompson, is well aware of the hazards of casting Lindsay. He's moved the shooting location from Canada to L.A. in order to "minimize some risk," and he admitted that "Lindsay Lohan may be the most insured actress that ever walked on a soundstage."

On the other hand, if you're playing one half of the turbulent Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton pairing, a familiarity with emotional tumult could come in handy. Thompson has pointed out that Lohan's volatility and vulnerability match that of the icon she'll be playing.

Whether viewers support or slam Lindsay-as-Elizabeth, one thing is for certain -- people will be extremely curious to see if she can pull it off. Hello, ratings!

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