Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor?!
Tonight (November 25th) is the premiere of Liz & Dick on the Lifetime channel starting at 9/8c. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding lead actress, Lindsay Lohan being cast to portray Elizabeth Taylor.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, here is a little background. Elizabeth Taylor, who is one of the most famous movie stars of all time was known for her acting, her glamor, and her many marriages… most notably her scandalous love affair with Richard Burton, which is being played by Grant Bowler. The movie tonight, Liz & Dick will tell the sizzling story of this very Hollywood couple from the time they met back in
the 50’s (while married to other people), through their divorce, getting remarried for a second time in the 70’s and following them until Richard’s death in the 80’s.
Given this story is surrounded by drama and scandal and also that this was the first couple to be watched so closely by the public/paparazzi, one could see Lindsay as a good fit. But then you think of her very distinctive look and even more distinctive raspy voice and then…you think again.
Executive producer, Larry Thompson told Entertainment Weekly the following on his casting choices:
“It wasn’t until I had Grant that I slept. It wasn’t until I saw Grant Bowler and Lindsay meet in that room and I saw the chemistry that I knew I could make Liz and Dick live again.”
“I want the best for Lindsay Lohan and anybody who ever hires her. But they have to know that making a movie with Lindsay Lohan is like jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet with a bolt of white nylon, a string, and a sewing machine. You’re building a parachute as fast as you can.”
“It was in the ethereal sound stage in black that she most related to Elizabeth Taylor. It was when they’re speaking to camera and breaking the fourth wall. Liz and Dick were the first Brangelina, the most famous hunted couple in the world, the first paparazzi couple that’s given birth to the celebrity-crazed world that we now live in. That’s what fame’s about. Fame is the accumulation of all the good, bad, true, untrue, flattering, and non-flattering things said and written about someone when you become iconic. We respect Liz and Dick so much that we wanted to give them the last word, meaning that fourth-wall interview of them speaking to camera [throughout the film] is the two of them speaking from the grave.”
So does Lindsay make a good, Liz Taylor? Watch tonight and see for yourself!
Now Get The Look! Found this fun collection Liz-inspired stuff online via Style-ish Tiffany!