Helena Bonham Carter Takes on Lindsay Lohan as Next Actress to Play Liz Taylor

Helena Bonham Carter

Hollywood’s favorite Hot Topic model, Helena Bonham Carter, could have any role in Hollywood that she wants — so why does she want to sully herself with a role that Lindsay Lohan made famous? (Or, should I say, infamous?) Our lady of the mismatched shoes is taking on the role of Elizabeth Taylor in a new made-for-TV movie about the star’s volatile relationship with her on-again-off-again husband Richard Burton. Um, didn’t we watch that on Lifetime this fall and it was called Liz & Dick?  

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HBC and Dominic West (always great on The Wire) will star as Burton and Taylor in the creatively titled Burton and Taylor on BBC America, the channel announced in a press release today. See, this is much more grown up and serious because they use the stars’ last names. Get it? The 90-minute movie will focus on their relationship during a doomed 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. There will, assuredly, be no more mentions of LiLo in regards to this movie. 

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After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).