Paul Schrader, director of this years horribly reviewed "The Canyons" is no stranger to controversy with actors. In 1979, Mr. Schrader was directing George C. Scott in "Hardcore"when Mr. Scott blew up at the director, screeching "You're a good writer but a terrible director." Known for his abrasive nature, it should be no surprise that Lindsay Lohan is his latest victim.
"The Canyons" which was written by Bret Easton Ellis and produced from contributions from the fundraising site Kickstarter never quite hit home with critics or audiences. Mr. Schrader has recently shown his frustrations with Ms. Lohan's work ethic and went into minute detail about the trouble she caused on the set in a New York Times article.
Now, Mr. Schrader has taken to Facebook to shed more light on where he feels the blame for the failure of "The Canyons" resides.
Punching in by stating that he "hired her when no one else would," he goes on to repeatedly speak about her no-show at the Venice Film Festival to promote the film.
"She repeatedly said she would come to Venice but never did. She said you would suppport (sic) the film but never did. She never showed for the photo sessions, including the session for the ad campaign art."
He continues on his tirade to speak about the many ways he tried to "save" her and cover up her mistakes. Finally, feeling completely betrayed, he felt the truth must be dispelled. In tones ranging from insult to compliment, Mr. Schrader wants all of us to know just how upset he is that her lack of enthusiasm for the film has resulted in negative press (or not enough press).
But are we still to care, that on the fourth or fifth negative posting about Ms. Lohan, that the 67 year old director still harbors ill feelings towards a young woman who was a risk to cast in the first place? "I can only surmise that Lindz had decided that Canyons is part of a reprobate past she must put behind her in order to move forward. She was never comfortable working with James Deen and perhaps this still sticks in her craw."
Ms. Lohan has released no such statements, with only positive responses towards Mr. Schrader on her Twitter account. Is it fair for Ms. Lohan to continue to be punished for moving past a possible bad career decision? Is the grudge that Mr. Schrader holds towards Ms. Lohan still justified to be in the public eye?
Ms. Lohan's lack of support for the film doesn't bother me very much. Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig refused to do press for their film "Dream House" because of embarrassment of the final cut made by the producers. This is not unprecedented. Perhaps Mr. Schrader needs to let go. Or perhaps he's pulled off a very elaborate PR stunt to keep word of "The Canyons" alive before it comes time for the Razzies. If this was his plan, then congratulations Mr. Schrader, you've done well by your film.