Director Paul Schrader knew he had his hands full when he cast Lindsay Lohan as the lead in The Canyons…but just how full?
In a very telling New York Times magazine piece on the film, veteran profile writer Stephen Rodrick details the 26-year-old starlet’s many breakdowns on the set of The Canyons…including one particularly bizarre incident when she locked herself in a walk-in closet with her friend and refused to come out prior to shooting a four-way sex scene with three porn stars.
Director Schrader at first tried first to coax her out, and then resorted to threatening her through the locked closet door. After an hour of failing to get Lohan out of the closet, the 65-year-old director finally had the idea to strip down himself to make Lohan feel more comfortable, and… it worked. Lohan filmed one take of a 14-minute sex scene, even though she was contractually obligated to do the scene, and knew about it months and months beforehand.
Very professional, Lilo.
Oh, and that’s not all. Lindsay would arrive on set “sick,” leave slightly drunk and broke all kinds of ridiculous “firing” and “hiring” records. Rodrick, who was involved during the entire development of the film, describes how Lohan failed to show up for two consecutive days of work right off the bat because she took a sleeping pill and couldn’t wake up (for two days!). Midway through shooting, however, Lohan apparently had a revelation. Says the star:
“I needed time to figure out all the crap in my life that I’d created for myself, essentially, and I kind of realized, What am I doing? I like doing this. I like being here,” she tells Rodrick. “This makes me happy. There was a line in the ‘Elizabeth’ movie where she says, ‘I’m so bored, I’ve never been taught what to do when I’m not working,’ and I’m kind of figuring that out now.”
Okay. So…no more crazy antics? You promise?