Director: Lindsay Has More Talent Than Marilyn
By JACKIE WILLIS
July 10, 2013
The Canyons director Paul Schrader admits that working with Lindsay Lohan included "tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness" and "psychodrama," but he also implies that it was all worth it given the embattled actress' "natural acting talent."
In a new piece for Film Comment, Schrader compares the 27-year-old star to the late Marliyn Monroe, writing, "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."
That being said, the 66-year-old director adds that it isn't easy working with such an actress. "This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama," he writes. "It also leads, when the gods smile, to movie magic. Monroe had the same affliction. They live large, both in life and on screen. This is an essential part of what draws viewers to them."
Schrader says he just wishes it was "easier for Lindsay," writing: "All the drama, the mishegas, all the stress--that means little. A director can shoot around misbehavior. He can't shoot around lack of charisma."
The Canyons is set to hit theaters Aug. 2, 2013, but do you agree with the movie's director? Does the Mean Girls star have more acting talent than Monroe?