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Million Dollar Movie

From the New York Times Sunday Magazine, here’s Stephen Roddrick on Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader’s new movie:

Lindsay Lohan moves through the Chateau Marmont as if she owns the place, but in a debtor-prison kind of way. She’ll soon owe the hotel $46,000. Heads turn subtly as she slinks toward a table to meet a young producer and an old director. The actress’s mother, Dina Lohan, sits at the next table. Mom sweeps blond hair behind her ear and tries to eavesdrop. A few tables away, a distinguished-looking middle-aged man patiently waits for the actress. He has a stack of presents for her.

Lohan sits down, smiles and skips the small talk.

“Hi, how are you? I won’t play Cynthia. I want to play Tara, the lead.” Braxton Pope and Paul Schrader nod happily. They’d been tipped off by her agent that this was how it was going to go. They tell her that sounds like a great idea.

Schrader thinks she’s perfect for the role. Not everyone agrees. Schrader wrote “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” and has directed 17 films. Still, some fear Lohan will end him. There have been house arrests, car crashes and ingested white powders. His own daughter begs him not to use her. A casting-director friend stops their conversation whenever he mentions her name. And then there’s the film’s explicit subject matter. Full nudity and lots of sex. Definitely NC-17. His wife, the actress Mary Beth Hurt, didn’t even finish the script, dismissing it as pornography after 50 pages. She couldn’t understand why he wanted it so badly.

But Schrader was running out of chances. His last major opportunity was about a decade ago, when he was picked to direct a reboot of “The Exorcist.” He told an interviewer, “If I don’t completely screw that up, it might be possible for me to end my career standing on my own feet rather than groveling for coins.” A few months later, he was replaced by the blockbuster director Renny Harlin, who reshot the film. Renny Harlin! Schrader is now 65 and still begging for coins.


1 Eric McCauley   ~  Jan 11, 2013 12:06 pm

Ugh x 1,000. More like Million Dollar Train Wreck. Good piece in the Magazine, though.

Schrader's best stuff seems to be way in the past. I always think of American Gigolo, a massive turd, when I hear his name. I'd forgotten that he wrote Raging Bull.

I'm glad Woody Allen is still around and I'm looking forward to Blue Jasmine. Have you guys been talking about 42? I've been away for a while. I was surprised to see that Han Solo is playing Branch Rickey.

2 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 11, 2013 12:09 pm

I liked Schrader's "Auto Focus," which is more recent than those, but yeah, still a decade ago.

3 Eric McCauley   ~  Jan 11, 2013 12:12 pm

2) That's right! That was a damn fine film.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 11, 2013 12:33 pm

I really like "Blue Collar."

5 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 11, 2013 1:02 pm

Yeah, and AFFLICTION is good, too. However, I think his real legacy will be as a screenwriter. I've always wanted to see OLD BOYFRIENDS.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 11, 2013 1:17 pm

"American Gigilo" is good camp. Gosh, yeah, "Affliction." Tough movie, man.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 11, 2013 1:18 pm

I like HARDCORE. It's obvious and a bit goofy, but I enjoyed it. Scott's always fun to watch.

8 The Hawk   ~  Jan 11, 2013 3:02 pm

Affliction, man that was a ridiculous movie.

The thing with Lindsay Lohan I can't wrap my head around is what she did to her face. She was pretty, now she's all fucked up.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 11, 2013 3:13 pm

8)Live that hard you are bound to look busted.

10 The Hawk   ~  Jan 11, 2013 8:03 pm

[9] Most definitely, but it's more than that - she had plastic surgery or something. Sad.

11 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 12, 2013 11:14 pm

[6] [8] Read the book by Russell Banks. It's fantastic and he's a helluva writer.

12 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 12, 2013 11:15 pm

BTW, great idea for a post, Alex. Read the story earlier in the IHT. It's a great piece. Interesting take on her talent.

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