The premiere of Lindsay Lohan's new TV movie Liz & Dick took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday night (20Nov12). Elizabeth Taylor, who Lohan portrays in the film, honeymooned at the hotel five times.
The Mean Girls actress has previously told how she was gifted with a ring from Taylor shortly before her passing last year (11) and she treasured the jewellery and the handwritten note that accompanied it during her film shoot for new TV movie Liz & Dick.
Now Lohan reveals she was also invited to dine with the Cleopatra icon but she politely declined - and it's a decision she will always regret.
Lohan tells U.S talk show host Jay Leno, "She had actually sent me a ring once and invited me to dinner, but I was genuinely just too nervous..."
The 26 year old portrays Taylor in the new Lifetime movie, about the icon's tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, and she had a little extra insight into the private life of her Hollywood idol thanks to the Dame's personal nurse.
She explains, "My entertainment lawyer, he knows the nurse that was with her for about seven/eight years, so I became good friends with her and she was on set most of the days I was working and she actually gave me one of Elizabeth's furs, which was nice of her. It was nice to have the inside things that I didn't know, that when she was home in bed she would karaoke sometimes to (the radio). It's the small details."
And Lohan claims the nurse was so stunned by the actress' likeness to Taylor, she was moved to tears by her performance.
Lohan says, "When she came to set, you know I get aged in the movie, so when I had a different look she actually started to tear up and she said, 'You look just like her and you sound just like her.' That was a really big compliment."
However, Lohan's critics have not been so kind - experts have panned the project days before its big TV premiere this Sunday (25Nov12).
The troubled star, who has been panned for her latest role as Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming TV movie Liz & Dick, admits she never has to worry about scenes in which she has to sob - because she just recalls one of many recent low points.
She tells the new issue of Us Weekly magazine, "(I regret) nothing, because then I wouldn't have been able to cry in scenes at the drop of a hat. I have it tattooed: 'Live Without Regrets'. I'm not saying I wanted to go to a jail cell, but I've drawn from all of it."
And now she's out to show her fiercest critics that she's got what it takes to become a great actress: "I want to be known as an actress, not a troubled starlet.
"People can think what they want, and the only thing I can do is prove them wrong."
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor wasn't a lady of many secrets (though how she turned White Diamonds into a $75 million-a-year fragrance is still a mystery for the ages) but there's one thing that we didn't know anything about until now. Apparently she made really awful noises when she puked. Yes, it's true, at least according to this clip from the instant-camp-classic Lifetime movie Liz & Dick.
In the scene Lindsay and Grant Bowler run into screenwriter Ernest Lehman, played by Miranda's Husband from Sex and the City. After some clunky exposition, he tells them they're totally wrong for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and they don't fight enough, so they totally start a brawl about who sounds worse when they vomit from being too wasted. Yes, the clip is made to make us think that they're going to stop the party by getting into a huge brawl, but they're really just going to stop fighting in two more lines and then have a giggle with Miranda's Husband from Sex and the City after he figures out how great they are at fighting and how good they'll be in the movie. Oh hahaahahahahaha. We all clutch our pearls together and sip our martinis and giggle. Aren't they the pair?
Man this thing is going to be so wondrously awful. Set your DVR now, because it's on Sunday, November 25. It may try to refuse to tape something this cheesy, but you have to make it. Don't let the machines win.
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[Photo Credit: Lifetime]
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The troubled actress had hoped her role as the late screen legend in upcoming TV movie Liz & Dick would turn her career around, but the film has been branded "an awful mess" in an early review by Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter.
Goodman compares the drama, about the Cleopatra star's tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, to a spoof sketch on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live and calls the Mean Girls star "woeful as Taylor from start to finish".
He adds, "The talking part doesn't turn out so well for Lohan. There is not one minute in this film where she's believable," and claims one of the most dramatic scenes is "like a high school play".
However, the reviewer is sure the film will eventually gain a cult following, insisting, "Whatever you do, don't miss Liz & Dick. It's an instant classic of unintentional hilarity. Drinking games were made for movies like this. And the best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, Liz & Dick could be unbearably hilarious toward the tail end of the 90-minute running time."
Lohan recently revealed she had to fight to land her dream role as Taylor and even offered to star in the film for free.
Liz & Dick will premiere in the U.S. on 25 November (12).
The Mean Girls star is preparing to make a career comeback after a tumultuous couple of years, during which she has battled legal woes, stints in rehab and short spells in jail.
And Lohan admits she had to fight to land her dream role in the TV biopic of late screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, titled Liz & Dick.
She even offered to forgo a pay cheque as she battled to win the part.
During a question-and-answer session at a Los Angeles screening of Liz & Dick on Wednesday (14Nov12), she told reporters, "I didn't get the project at first. I started calling and harassing agents... because I felt people were hesitant (to cast me), which I understood.
"I actually said, 'I'll just do it for free'. My agent was like, 'No, no, no, don't say that'."
The Mean Girls star has endured a turbulent few years fraught with legal battles and numerous stints in prison and rehab, and she hasn't appeared on the big screen since her small role in 2009 movie Machete.
Lohan dabbled in a number of other projects, launching a clothing line and a self-tan product, and enjoying a brief tenure as an artistic adviser for French fashion house Emanuel Ungaro, and she has now revealed she considered leaving acting behind for good.
During a question-and-answer session at a Los Angeles screening of her new TV project, Liz & Dick, Lohan told reporters, "There was a point when it got really lonely. I was being hounded a lot. I didn't know what do... I didn't want to listen to anyone. I was very stubborn...
"(I asked myself) 'Do I do this or do I take the easy way out and just stop?' But I love acting... It's unfortunate that people began to know me as a celebrity rather than as an actress. I can hope to gain that respect back only through my work."
Lohan is now preparing for a career comeback with her role as Dame Elizabeth Taylor in small screen biopic Liz & Dick, as well as a role in the next Scary Movie installment.
Larry Thompson took a chance on Lohan and hired her to play screen icon Elizabeth Taylor in much-anticipated TV drama Liz & Dick - which chronicles the late actress' tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton.
The Mean Girls star's acting comeback followed years of legal troubles and bad press, and Thompson confesses her time on the set was just as dramatic as the script - Lohan was involved in a car crash on her way to the set in June (12) and she collapsed from exhaustion in between takes.
In a press conference promoting the new film on Wednesday (14Nov12), the producer told reporters, "Producing a movie with Lindsay is not for the faint of heart. I turned 50 shades of white actually during the production.
"We had serious challenges to deal with due to her probation and her history. Therefore, we had to make a deal where there were pages and pages of ‘what if' clauses... It was about, ‘What if there is a car accident? What if there is a violation of her probation (and she's) incarcerated?' Those ‘what ifs' were plenty.
"She might be the most insured actress who ever walked on a soundstage. We tried to insure ourselves against things that could and, in fact, did happen. I was financially at risk myself. It was a challenge."
However, the executive insists his risk on Lohan paid off: "Overall, my gosh, relative to the performance we got and the movie we were able to make because of her, the pain was worth the pleasure. And the audience is going to benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained."
The troubled actress agreed to sit down for a candid talk with Walters on her U.S. news show 20/20, but axed her appearance at the last minute.
Lohan's team then booked the star a slot on America's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 20 November (12), and Walters has now admitted she was stunned by the turn of events.
Explaining the fiasco on TV series The View, the reporter revealed publicists told her Lohan was not up to sitting for an interview, and insists she would have been more understanding if they had been straight with her before signing up for a segment with Leno.
She told her The View co-hosts, "My interview with Lindsay is cancelled. She has new PR people, (a) very well known group who we do business with all the time... (I ask) 'Why is it cancelled?' 'Lindsay isn't up to it.' Well, she has a lot of problems and it was just one more and I said, 'Poor girl, you know I hope when she feels like it we'll do it.'
"But then I saw today that Lindsay Lohan is sitting for an interview with Jay Leno. If they'd said to me, 'You know, Barbara, she isn't up to the kind of questions you might ask' - though most of them were comparing her to Elizabeth Taylor: both child stars, both aggressive mothers, etc., then it would have been a wonderful interview. She could have set the record straight. If they had told me that, I wouldn't feel quite as disappointed as I do today."
Lifetime's original biopic of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor — featuring controversial young actress/celebrity headlines mainstay Lindsay Lohan — is fast approaching, with a release date set for the end of this month. Lohan has thus far showed off quite the polarizing portrayal of Taylor in the previously released trailers for the Liz & Dick. She has exhibited Taylor's tumultuous marriage to husband Richard Burton (played in the Lifetime movie by Grant Bowler), as well as the pair's complicated relationship with the spotlight. These new images from the forthcoming project offer an even wider array of what we'll be seeing Lohan embody: Taylor's memorable role in the 1963 film Cleopatra, the actress' high-society lifestyle, and some of the sweeter moments between her and Bowler.
Check out these new images, and catch the film on Nov. 25 on Lifetime.
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