“Liz & Dick” producer Larry Thompson opens up about casting Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the movie about her relationship with Richard Burton (played by Grant Bowler).
The movie airs tonight on the Lifetime channel and it’s reported “unintentional hilarity” is supposed to pay homage to the first superstar couple who has attracted the unwanted attention of the paparazzi.
In a new interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, the TV movie’s producer Larry Thompson spoke about casting Lindsay as Elizabeth, working on the movie and Grant Bowler.
With regard to casting Grant as Richard Burton, he said, “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.”
With regard to Lindsay’s relation to Elizabeth, he said, “It was in the ethereal soundstage in black that she most related to Elizabeth Taylor. It was when they’re speaking to the 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.”
When asked about the decision to cast Lindsay, he added, “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.”
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, you think?