The highly anticipated made-for-TV biopic “Liz & Dick” premiered on the Lifetime channel Sunday to abysmal reviews; however, the film’s star Lindsay Lohan seems to be quite proud of her portrayal of the iconic Elizabeth Taylor.
"Everything I've gone through made me ready to play Liz," Lohan told Jennifer Peros of Us Weekly.
The role has been intended as Lohan’s comeback to acting, after approximately a decade of private and legal troubles, including “five stints in rehab, six arrests and more than 20,000 minutes behind bars.”
Some note that Lohan’s life eerily mirrors Taylor's, as they both were child stars, both lived lives of excess to their benefit and detriment and both were magnets for the tabloids.
The film follows Taylor at the height of her career, detailing her tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, whom she married twice. Actor Grant Bowler plays Burton.
Bowler told MTV News that the parallels between the actors and the characters are very intricate.
“I don't know about anybody else, whether they are close or far from their character,” he said.
“That's impossible to tell. Really, the only thing you can do is, as an audience later, sit back objectively, kind of look at it and go, 'Oh, yeah, there's a lot of similarities.'”
However, Lohan insists that her behavior has never been as extreme as Taylor’s.
"Elizabeth was drunk on sets. I've never been drunk on set, ever," she said. "I did my time, and I respect the law."
Nevertheless, the buildup for the movie’s premiere was not without its drama. Lohan was discovered unconscious in her hotel room during filming, which triggered an investigation of the film’s production for overworking its cast and crew.
MTV News suggests that Taylor and Burton would have enjoyed the “hullabaloo” that preceded the film’s release.
"They were the first paparazzi couple. The entire term 'paparazzi' became known around the world because of Burton and Taylor," Bowler said.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.