Despite the seemingly endless number of nude photos of Lindsay floating around, she’s only really done one film that features a lot of her nudity. 2013’s “The Canyons” generated a lot of press, as it came from an important director (Paul Schrader, who had written “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull”), a famous screenwriter (Bret Easton Ellis, author of “Less Than Zero”) and was seen as Lindsay’s chance to be taken seriously again. It was among the first films to be financed on Kickstarter, and despite a tiny budget, its pedigree meant it was bound to receive a lot of critical attention.
Equally notable was that her co-star was a bona fide porn star named James Deen, and advance hype told of possibly X-rated scenes. There is a foursome in the film, which eventually came out without a rating, but it was hardly the sex fest some had expected. Although the film is hardly perfect, it does have some really interesting moments and a dreamy and quite distinct visual look. A NSFW clip can be seen here.
A famous article from The New York Times Magazine, which can be read here, detailed how difficult the shoot was and only enhanced Lindsay’s already terrible reputation as difficult to work with. The article is full of fascinating tidbits on the shoot, including this one that speaks volumes:
“Lindsay, you held the cigarette up in the last take, now you have it down. Let’s do it again.”
Lohan sighed. Now that shooting had begun, she had the power.
“Sorry, Paul, I guess you’ll have to fire me again.”
By midweek, Schrader and Lohan were locked in battle. One afternoon, he shot some of the lead-up to the movie’s pivotal sex scene. Lohan wasn’t happy.
"I hope you got my triple chin on that one,” Lohan said to no one directly. “That shot was hideous.”
Later that afternoon, it was time to rehearse a fight scene in which Christian physically confronts Tara over infidelity. Schrader tried to describe to Deen how he wanted him to throw Lohan to the ground. Deen nodded and went through the scene at half-speed. (It was a constant friction point between the two actors, Deen conserving his energy and Lohan demanding full effort in rehearsals.) After a while, Schrader cut in to show Deen what he wanted, lightly moving Lohan and turning her toward the floor.
“James, you see that?”
Deen nodded, but Schrader wasn’t convinced. So he grabbed Lohan, tripped her over his left leg and body-slammed her to the floor. Lohan screamed, and the crew gasped. But she bounced up with a smile.
“That was great! Want to do it again?”
Schrader said it wouldn’t be necessary. The next morning they filmed the scene for real. Deen came to life; throwing the negligée-wearing Lohan hard to the ground and pounding his fist into a wall with such fury I wondered if he had broken his hand. Lohan lay slumped on the floor, her hands guarding her face, shoulders shaking, tears pouring down her cheeks. Between takes, she listened to Ryan Adams’s cover of “Wonderwall.” After three shots, Schrader said he was satisfied, and Lohan fumbled for a cigarette. She headed downstairs, and someone complimented her work.
“Well, I’ve got a lot of experience with that from my dad.”
Here’s the official trailer:
WHAT IS LINDSAY LOHAN’S LIST?
As part of her umpteenth visit to rehab and the steps one is supposed to make, she made a list of her sexual partners. As she described on her program on the OWN Network, "That was part of my Betty Ford - it's step number five or step number eight. It's your sexual inventory."
The list itself is juicy to say the least, and may well someday lead to a new version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, as the list basically means that everyone in Hollywood is only a degree or two away from hooking up with everyone else in Hollywood. Among the many names involved are Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Phillippe, Heath Ledger, Evan Peters, Benicio Del Toro, Orlando Bloom, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Garrett Hedlund, Adam Levine, Wilmer Valderrama, Joaquin Phoenix and Zac Efron.
Here she discusses the list:
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Although she swears it is all real, one high profile member of the list denies it vigorously. James Franco, who admittedly was once a friend of hers, told Los Angeles Magazine “Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she's-slept-with list!”
Considering that Franco is currently trying to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Only Man who has done everything in the history of the planet,” it seems likely that his recollection is closer to the truth.