What seems like a lifetime ago, Lindsay Lohan began her descent into tabloid hell. The promising redhead quickly fell under the Hollywood strain, making a mess of Georgia Rule, backing out of almost every other project she was cast in, and then trying to sober up while making the psychological horror film I Know Who Killed Me. It seemed to work, and even paved the way for just a little positive PR. Only a few months after rehab, director Chris Sivertson talked about how fantastic it was to work with Lohan, and how she pulled off the roles with "true style." Nevertheless, the film did poorly, won a ton of Razzie Awards, and even inspired Starz to revel in its badness, using its horrible press as a way to promo the cable TV screening.

Now director Chris Sivertson - who hasn't worked on anything worth noting since I Know Who Killed Me -- has talked to the Los Angeles Times a little more candidly about working with Lohan. "Most days we wouldn't know what happened [with her]," Siverston recalled. "At some point it became 'how can I complete the movie?' That was my one and only goal: not to have it fall apart." To get his climax filmed when the actress went AWOL, Siverston recalls that they went so far as to use a body double and CG'd Lohan's face in after the fact.

Yet the paper goes on to report: "Sivertson's general tenor, it should be noted, was that he sincerely liked Lohan and working with her and doesn't want to point fingers at anyone but himself for the final product." While they might include that little disclaimer, they don't seem to buy it very much, describing Lohan as a maelstrom that pulls poor filmmakers into "a vortex of disaster," and citing Sivertson as the embodiment of Lohan's "collateral damage."

Do they see his praise as nothing more than hopeful PR? It's a logical jump. He went from describing how she had "true style" to him being the filmmaker trying to keep things from falling apart ... though he doesn't want to point fingers. (Might I suggest not talking about it at all if you'd rather not point fingers?) Or, maybe it's just a case of making the news fit the opinion, which is quite quick to lay all the blame on Lohan's shoulders, describing Sivertson as a promising director whose career was almost ended by putting Lohan in his film. Now it's a "twisty road to respectability" as the filmmaker returns with Brawler, about "the underground culture of fighting on shipping boats off the coast of New Orleans."

Seems to me, the real tough road to respectability is at Lohan's feet. But hey, once again she's following Hollywood's logic about skin = success, so maybe playing Linda Lovelace will leave this mess all behind her this time around. And if it doesn't, no matter who's to blame, she'll be the easy scapegoat.
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