Tonight, Lifetime premieres Liz & Dick, its Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton biopic starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler. Exec producer Larry Thompson sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about casting Lindsay, working on the TV-movie, and his future projects.
On Casting Grant Bowler:
It wasn’t until I had Grant that I slept. It wasn’t until I saw Grant Bowler and Lindsay meet in that room and I saw the chemistry that I knew I could make Liz and Dick live again.
On Lindsay's Relation to Taylor:
It was in the ethereal soundstage in black that she most related to Elizabeth Taylor. It was when they’re speaking to camera and breaking the fourth wall. Liz and Dick were the first Brangelina, the most famous hunted couple in the world, the first paparazzi couple that’s given birth to the celebrity-crazed world that we now live in. That’s what fame’s about. Fame is the accumulation of all the good, bad, true, untrue, flattering, and non-flattering things said and written about someone when you become iconic. We respect Liz and Dick so much that we wanted to give them the last word, meaning that fourth-wall interview of them speaking to camera [throughout the film] is the two of them speaking from the grave.
On Casting Lindsay:
I want the best for Lindsay Lohan and anybody who ever hires her. But they have to know that making a movie with Lindsay Lohan is like jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet with a bolt of white nylon, a string, and a sewing machine. You’re building a parachute as fast as you can.
We can't wait to see her performance in Liz & Dick, which airs tonight.
[via Entertainment Weekly]