I am a Lindsay Lohan fan. Embarrassing, I know. I will get into fisticuffs over her talent displayed in Mean Girls and even her comedy chops in that Appalachain emergency room skit on Saturday Night Live. But girlfriend needs to cool it with the comparisons to legendary Hollywood actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Just because you repeat the same statement over and over again doesn't make it true.
The most recent eye rolling comment comes courtesy of director Paul Schrader of The Canyons, which LiLo is currently filming with porn star James Deen. And Schrader — who is directing the Bret Easton Ellis penned flick — wants you to know this movie is going to be the freaking Citizen Kane. Lindsay is that brilliant.
On the Facebook page for The Canyons, Schrader wrote:
Seven days in, first full week completed. Lindsay Lohan is a huge fan of Hollywood glamour and performances from the Golden Era. Working with her every day on varied scenes I've been making a mental checklist of classic movie performances she's touched upon. There's has been a lot of Ann Margaret, some Gena Rowlands and Faye Dunaway and of course some bits of Liz Taylor and (Marilyn) Monroe as well as a little Rita Hayworth and even Gene Tierney (although the last may be more my creation than hers). Oh yeah, and Angie Dickinson. And Lee Remick. And Shelley Winters... Paul S."
Cue the eye roll.
Of course, the person who most often compares Lindsay Lohan to such legends is Lindsay Lohan, who, I should remind you, is the same person who starred in I Know Who Killed Me. LiLo was reportedly so taken with Marilyn Monroe that she bought the actress' former home. Lohan compared herself to Monroe repeatedly in a forward she wrote for a book called Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, by Susan Bernard. She posed as Marilyn in Playboy. And who could forget the recreation of the famous "Last Sitting" photo shoot in New York magazine with Bert Stern?
I don't think Marilyn Monroe is so precious that no one can claim to be the next "her." But I do think that there is a whole lot of hot air being blown around. LiLo is no more the next Marilyn Monroe than Charlie Sheen is the next Bob Hope. The comparisons are as diversionary as they are self-serving.
When Anna Nicole Smith used to compare herself to Marilyn Monroe, we preceived it as tongue-in-cheek (although Smith herself may have been dead serious). Lindsay Lohan, on the other hand, genuinely seems to believe in it. She genuinely seems to believe she epitomizes Hollywood "glamour" and not, oh, a bratty Long Island girl whose talent is buried under poor impulse control and a drug problem and as a result her work has been sub-par for, oh, the past decade. And now she's got others believing it, too.