Screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis opens up to MTV News about Lohan's 'gripping' performance in the August 2 film.
You may not get to see Lindsay Lohan in "The Canyons" until next month, but MTV News has an exclusive first look at the film's poster — along with behind-the-scenes details about the neo-noir film from writer Bret Easton Ellis.
In the poster, a scantily clad Lohan is pictured with her two beaus in the film, played by adult film star James Deen and "Awkward" actor Nolan Funk. The film follows the story of a group of Hollywood up-and-comers who are caught up in various love affairs, while also doing nearly anything and everything to get ahead in the City of Angels.
Ellis credits Lohan for bringing a particular something to the role of Tara, who is torn between Christian (Deen) and struggling actor, Ryan (Funk), as she tries to climb Hollywood's social ladder.
"When Lindsay came in ... she didn't change any dialogue; she just delivered it differently than I imagined it," he told MTV News. "Because I thought Tara was more vulnerable in the script, softer, definitely not as commanding or as confronted as she is when she's dealing with Christian. And, Lindsay changed that. She made it all very confronted. She doesn't take, really, any s--- from him. And she actually made it more dramatic, a little bit more, probably more gripping, than it would have been if it had been played by an actress who played out the way I had written it."
But Ellis explained that he was not nearly as confident when Lohan's name was first mentioned, before her audition.
"When Lindsay auditioned for the movie, we didn't approach her. We did not come to Lindsay, she came to us," he recalled, sharing his reservations about working with the tabloid-friendly actress. "I thought, 'No this is not a good idea... it's gonna change the DNA of the movie,' but I changed my mind when I saw the audition. She gave the best performance out of any of the people we saw."
He continued, "For whatever reason, something in that script spoke to her and that character spoke to her and she really committed herself to it. I think... she was probably going through something close to Tara, which was kind of like being trapped. I think she related that to Tara, and that's why that performance feels very lived in, it feels very real. And, any qualms that I might have had initially about her casting really went away. Actually they went away not only when I saw her very brief audition, but when we did our first table read of the script. She was very good."
"The Canyons" will be available on demand, on digital download and in select theaters on August 2.