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Sunday 20 April 2014

Canyons director on Li-Lo dramas

Lindsay Lohan stars in Paul Schrader's film The Canyons

The director of Lindsay Lohan's latest movie, Paul Schrader, has admitted the actress is difficult to work with, but insisted it was all worth it.

The troubled star plays an aspiring actress drawn into the world of porn in The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis. The trailer has just debuted online, filled with erotic shots of a nearly-naked Lindsay.

Schrader, famous for writing Taxi Driver and directing American Gigolo, has written an essay for filmcomment.com in which he compares Lindsay, 27, to the late Marilyn Monroe.

He said: "Similarities? Tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychodrama - yes, all that, but something more, that thing that keeps you watching someone on screen, that thing you can't take your eyes off of, that magic, that mystery...

"I think Lohan has more natural acting talent than Monroe did, but, like Monroe, her weakness is her inability to fake it. She feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it. This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama.

"LL lives in a world of instant celebrity gratification Monroe could have only dreamed of. Paid for public appearances, paid to wear clothes, paid to pose, paid for gossip tips, paid for tweets. These rewards are available without the pretence of responsibility. On the other hand, there's no system to protect today's celebrities from the media or the courts or themselves.

"From a selfish point of view, from a director's point of view, that is, from my point of view, it was a treat to work with Lindsay. All the drama, the mishegas, all the stress - that means little. A director can shoot around misbehaviour. He can't shoot around lack of charisma. I just wish it was easier for Lindsay."

The former child star is currently in rehab under a judge's orders, serving a sentence of 90 days in lockdown for violating her probation for a previous drink-driving charge.

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