If you are wondering why the New York Times recent piece of the difficulties of working with Lindsay Lohan during "The Canyons" was so accurate (the actress even admitted as such), it's because producers told Lohan to cooperate "or else."
"Or else," to the producers, and to Lohan, meant that if she did not cooperate with the writer, they would fire her. The report on the ultimatum first appeared on Saturday.
An unnamed source said:
Lindsay absolutely did not want to be interviewed by Stephen Rodrick, who was on set everyday. She didn’t want Rodrick on set, period. It’s almost unheard of to have a reporter on a film set everyday and Lindsay told [producer/director] Paul Schrader that she wanted the reporter banished from the set permanently.
She knew she was going to be portrayed negatively in the story, even though she was assured that it wasn’t going to focus on her, but would be about how hard it was to make an independent film. However, Schrader told Lindsay, in no uncertain terms, that if she didn’t cooperate with Rodrick she would be fired.
Rodrick’s article spotlighted details such as Lohan drinking on set (she has denied this, but little else), her measly pay ($100 per day, showing how far she has fallen), and that she fought with the entire cast and crew.
Fighting with the cast was even revealed in a later, leaked audio file, in which Lohan can be heard telling her co-star James Deen to "do your f**king job."
Her contract also mandated that Lohan's performance in sex scenes was non-negotiable; as one scene in the film portrays Lohan in the middle of a tryst with three male co-stars, including Deen, a former porn star.
The insider added that:
Lindsay wouldn’t be surprised at all if the movie went straight to video, and actually never made it to the big movie screen.
There are reasons to believe that may happen: The low-budget ($250,000) movie still does not have a distributor or a theatrical release date, and was rejected from the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
This isn't the first time in recent memory that Lohan was accused of being an on-set mess. It was reported that she trashed her trailer during her filming on "Scary Movie 5," although she denied that.
She was also livid about a scene in the recent "Scary Movie 5" trailer that showed her parole being revoked. She felt the footage was inserted because producers are angry over her performance on the film.