The director has struggled to find employment in Hollywood after filming the flop I Know Who Killed Me - and now he admits his star's personal problems turned a one-month shoot into a four-month headache.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "Most days we wouldn't know what happened (with her). We just found out that day.
"At some point it became, 'How can I complete the movie?' That was my one and only goal - not to have it fall apart."
Sivertson admits Lohan wasn't even present when he filmed her two characters' climactic scenes in the thriller - and he had to resort to desperate measures to finish the movie.
He tells the newspaper he shot the scene with a body double and then grafted on Lohan's face in post-production.
The 2007 film flopped critically and commercially, making just $7 million (£4.4 million) at the box office.
Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy have been named and shamed as the worst actors of 2007, after landing a spray-painted trophy apiece at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
Lohan's movie I Know Who Killed Me broke records by scooping eight of the nine prizes it was nominated for at the spoof Oscars ceremony--nicknamed the
Razzies--in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Lohan alone managed to win two: Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple, for a scene in the movie in which she appears alongside herself.
Worst Film winner I Know Who Killed Me has smashed the unenviable record set by John Travolta-starring sci-fi Battlefield Earth and stripper drama
Showgirls, which each scored seven wins at previous ceremonies.
Murphy was awarded three of the four prizes in the worst-acting categories for the trio of characters, male and female, he played in the critically mauled but commercially successful Norbit.
Due to the prize-winning dominance of I Know Who Killed Me and Norbit, Daddy Day Camp was the only other movie to be humiliated with a Razzie, for Worst Prequel or Sequel.
The full list of Razzie winners--or losers, rather--is as follows:
Worst Film: I Know Who Killed Me
Worst Actor: Eddie Murphy in Norbit
Worst Actress (tie): Lohan & Lohan as twin sisters Aubrey and Dakota in I Know Who Killed Me
Worst Supporting Actress: Eddie Murphy in Norbit
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy in Norbit
Worst Screen Couple: Lohan & Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me
Worst Remake or Rip-Off: I Know Who Killed Me, based on several films
Worst Prequel or Sequel: Daddy Day Camp
Worst Director: Chris Sivertson for I Know Who Killed Me
Worst Screenplay: Jeffrey Hammond for I Know Who Killed Me
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie (New Category): I Know Who Killed Me
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After losing an arm and a leg to a deranged serial killer--as if there were any other kind--all-American teenager Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan) is discovered in a ditch outside of town. Trouble is she’s not Aubrey--at least that’s what she says. She claims to be Dakota Moss a hard-edged stripper whose vocabulary proves how hard she is. Through flashbacks we see she's no goody-goody but she’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery while everyone around her waits for her to “remember” who she really is. But if indeed the killer is still at large then this baffled babe might still be on the hit list which is where the story’s ostensible suspense is supposed to emanate from. Is all of this a figment of Aubrey’s--or Dakota’s--imagination or a by-product of the trauma she’s suffered? If it were there wouldn’t be a movie. As it is there’s not much of one anyway. As if she didn’t have enough to deal with already Lohan seems particularly ill at ease here. She has yet to really distinguish herself as a strong actress and she’s certainly not strong enough to do much with the material she’s given here. Her character simply isn’t likable--and she’s the whole show. There’s a slightly uncomfortable if blackly comic irony in watching Lohan at various points take pills drink alcohol pole-dance and swear up a storm. Oh yes and she’s also bloodied bruised terrorized and tortured--for those who care. Most won’t. If this is what passes for character development in horror movies these days then we--and the genre--are in trouble. As Aubrey’s parents Julia Ormond and Neal McDonough stand around mostly looking confused as well they should be. At least Brian Geraghty as Aubrey’s jock boyfriend doesn’t embarrass himself. But no one else is around long enough to make much of an impression. Then again as a whole I Know Who Killed Me doesn’t leave much of an impression. Just a bad aftertaste. Aside from technical proficiency there’s not a lot director Chris Sivertson brings to the party and it’s as much the fault of first-time screenwriter Jeffrey Hammond. Sure the story has a lot of twists and turns but they’re stupid twists and turns--and too many of them are introduced too far into the narrative as an increasingly desperate way of keeping the film going long after anyone cares. In the end--actually by the middle--I Know Who Killed Me simply doesn’t add up. It’s too silly to be remotely credible or interesting and too murky to be laughable.