(LOS ANGELES) — Working with Lindsay Lohan on her upcoming Lifetime movie Liz & Dick was no easy task, according to the show’s executive producer, Larry Thompson.
According to E! Online, Thompson explained Wednesday on a conference call that “producing a movie with Lindsay is not for the faint of heart.”
In fact, he recalled, “I turned 50 shades of white actually during the production.”
Having Lohan portray Elizabeth Taylor meant that her personal drama would come with her to work every day, he said.
Thompson said, “We had serious challenges to deal with due to her probation and her history. Therefore we had to make a deal where there were pages and pages of ‘what if’ clauses. There never was a ‘what if she can act’ clause. It was about, ‘What if there is a car accident? What if there is a violation of her probation and she’s incarcerated?’ Those ‘what ifs’ were plenty. She might be the most insured actress who ever walked on a soundstage. We tried to insure ourselves against things that could and, in fact, did happen.”
The production had to take an insurance day when Lohan was involved in a car accident last June while in the middle of shooting Liz & Dick. But despite the personal drama, Thompson thinks Lohan gave a stellar performance.
He said, “Overall, my gosh, relative to the performance we got and the movie we were able to make because of her, the pain was worth the pleasure. And the audience is going to benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained.”
Liz & Dick premieres Nov. 25 on Lifetime.
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