Previously, The Canyons director Paul Schrader told reporters at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival that Lindsay Lohan took Oprah’s advice a little too literally and refused to travel at all after rehab in the name of sobriety (Oprah said to ‘avoid temptation,’ which Lindsay interpreted as ‘avoid work’ too). He told journalists at the time, ‘Today I am free. For the last 16 months I’ve been hostage, by own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress. She was supposed to be here today, she said she would be, but she is not. She is a great actress, she should be here, but her behavior is unspeakable.’ Apparently, that wasn’t enough shade because he’s saying more of the same words. This time, the director is saying them on The Canyons movie official Facebook page.
I am mystified and disappointed by LL’s refusal to support The Canyons. She is a producer of the film, a 25% owner. She has received wonderful reviews (among the negative) for her performance.
I hired her when no one else would. She fought to keep the role when I wanted to fire her for unreliability. She has no other films in the can. She has received her $250G deferment The Venice red carpet is one of the extraordinary plums of the festival circuit. She repeatedly said she would come to Venice but never did. She said you would support the film but never did. She never showed for the photo sessions, including the session for the ad campaign art. Richard Brody of the New Yorker wanted to do a appreciative profile but somehow she didn’t have time to meet him. Film Comment gave her the cover but she would not give them an interview (I had to write a profile piece to save the cover), I shifted the film’s European premiere from Locarno to Venice so she could make her promised post-rehab appearance. But she did not show.
I can only surmise that Lindz had decided that Canyons is part of a reprobate past she must put behind her in order to move forward. She was never comfortable working with James Deen and perhaps this still sticks in her craw. I assume those closet to her, her family and reps, had advised her to treat Canyons as an indiscretion. But, for me, the reality is the opposite. In Canyons Lindsay has given a bold, raw, naked original performance which vaults her from the s category of ingenue to leading lady. Don’t get me wrong. I want LL to move forward, have a healthy life and, if possible, a career, but I disagree with her decision to (passively not aggressively) turn her back on Canyons. It’s an extraordinary piece of work and serves her well. Lindsay, your work is excellent. Own it!