We'll have to wait for the verdict on Lifetime network's "Liz & Dick" in late November when Lindsay Lohan plays a small part of the life of Elizabeth Taylor (with Richard Burton). Not that the movie will necessarily do the legacy of Taylor any favors when there's still so much speculation on what really happened behind the scenes. But going by a new report on Taylor being the highest-earning deceased celebrity of 2012, you'd think a sprawling movie biopic would be green lighted to cash in as soon as possible.
The reasons we haven't seen a big-screen biopic likely have everything to do with the problems of speculation due to Taylor's reluctance to reveal secrets. One stalled biopic that was in the works from Martin Scorsese was to also focus mostly on the relationship between Taylor and Burton. This was going to be based on a book that supposedly had inside information on their relationship, even though we all know how shaky such claims are in the literary world.
Nobody would have guessed that we'd see a speculative Lifetime movie as the inaugural movie depicting Taylor's life. Had Scorsese's movie been done first, "Liz & Dick" (perhaps soon known in some quarters as "Diz & Lick") would have at least been banished to the stockpile of hearsay. Now those who never grew up with Elizabeth Taylor movies may take this movie as some form of gospel when it may be nothing but a Freudian Lindsay Lohan dream played in front of cameras.
This isn't to say that Lohan couldn't have necessarily played Taylor on the big screen. Besides, a script in a Scorsese production will always have meatier lines than we'll ever hear in a dozen Lifetime movies. And we have to admit that Lohan would act well if a script had lines behooving her talent.
Let's also admit that, with dark hair dye and eye contacts, Lohan looks more like Taylor than we thought possible. You can't really say that about other actresses once considered for the part of Taylor on the big screen, namely Megan Fox. Looking beyond, there really aren't many actresses today who could pull off the grandeur of Taylor for a big screen treatment.
That's why Lohan should perhaps be given double duty to again be cast for Scorsese's big screen option if it ever gets a green light. Even if "Liz & Dick" becomes a moderate success, the promise of Lohan playing Taylor again on the big screen would be the equivalent of jumping from one parallel world of history to a slightly more accurate one. It helps when you consider Lohan has had time to truly study Taylor and understand her through and through.
In the end, it may enable Lohan to cash in on the cash machine Elizabeth Taylor has become in death. What Lohan does with the newly earned cash is all up for speculation and worry. Just as long as she doesn't become a dead celebrity earning her heirs as much as Elizabeth Taylor within two years, having Taylor as Lohan's obsession shouldn't be tragic.
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