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set of Liz & Dick.
(image via Us Weekly)
It was recently reported that Lindsay Lohan, who was involved in a car accident just last week, will play Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime original movie Liz & Dick. This shocked me for two reasons. First, it amazes me that anyone will hire Lohan since her notoriously unprofessional nature has made news multiple times. She was reportedly unreliable on the set of the film Georgia Rule (2007) and sources at Glee say she was late to the set for her recent guest appearance. In an industry where time equals money, does Lohan's celebrity draw really outweigh the potential cost of her unpredictable behavior?
The second reason the Lohan-as-Taylor casting controversy shocked me is probably more obvious. Why is irresponsible party girl Lindsay Lohan, an actress whose last appealing role was in Mean Girls (2004), playing glamorous, Academy Award-winning beauty Elizabeth Taylor? Lohan has previously tried to transform herself into Hollywood icons for photo shoots. She posed as Marilyn Monroe for New York Magazine in 2008 and as Taylor herself for Interview Magazine back in 2006. However, that pales in comparison to the idea that Lohan will actually be playing the violet-eyed Brit. Lohan did a squeaky English accent in The Parent Trap (1998), but that doesn’t mean she can recreate Taylor’s elegance. What’s next? Paris Hilton as Grace Kelly?
Another cringe-worthy casting decision which made headlines recently is the news that Ashton Kutcher will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for an independent film, one of two Jobs biopics currently in the works. The other movie will be written by The Social Network (2010) screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. I read the news of Kutcher’s casting on April Fool’s Day, and for the entire day I was convinced it was a prank, but it’s undisputed news. Ashton Kutcher has made a name for himself as an immature buffoon on television series like That ‘70s Show and in films like Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000), so I don’t think this will be some unexpectedly tour de force performance. Kutcher is not Robin Williams or Jim Carrey. I can’t separate him from his goofy persona.
What do you think of these decisions? Who would you cast in these roles?