Already, we’ve come to the conclusion that Lindsay Lohan managed to turn what was supposed to have been a low-budget art house indie flick into an impossibly stupid fiasco aka The Canyons. Thankfully, her co-star (and porn star) James Deen has been doing everything he can to put out the fires, including talking to The Daily Beast about working with her on set. The guy tries really hard, but even in his compliments you can kind of see how things on set were, like, completely bonkers.
In the (NY Times) story, the writer says you made her uncomfortable—or rather, the prospect of shooting this sex scene with you.
I can’t speak for her, but we were all hanging out, joking around, and it was the three of us naked in bed—and Lindsay was half naked—and then she all of a sudden was like, “Could you guys put your clothes back on? I’m feeling really uncomfortable.” And then we were like, “Ugh, OK.” So we put our robes back on, but she was still lying on the bed topless, and we were like, “Well, what about you?” And she was like, “No! I can be naked, but you can’t be!” We were like, “All right … Whatever you need.” She needed people to home in on the fact that this is a big deal to her—showing her boobs and doing a sex scene—and people should respect that fact. But, it was in her mind because everyone else on set was like, “We’ve seen you in Playboy, we’ve seen crotch shots all over the Internet, so this is nothing new,” but to her, it was something different. It was an escalating event where she tried to make it a big deal—no one cared—she tried to make it a bigger deal—no one cared—so then she just went around the corner of the room. She said, “When Julia Roberts does topless scenes, she makes the whole crew shoot in their boxers! I want that!” And the whole crew just rolled their eyes and was like, “We’re not doing that. We’ll do that for fuckin’ Julia Roberts, but not you. Go find another crew; we’ll just leave.”
And then (Paul) Schrader got naked?
Schrader looked her dead in the eyes and said, “I’m not making my fucking crew do that, but you know what?” And then he stripped off all his clothes except for his socks, strutted across the room to the monitor, stood there, and just said, “ACTION!” And the cameras immediately started rolling, Lindsay jumped in the bed, and we nailed it in one 15-minute take.
Wait, does LiLo think she’s Julia Roberts now? No, you can be Elizabeth Taylor, or you can be Julia Roberts, but you cannot be both. That’s not fair to the rest of us who want to be one or the other. Regardless, good on Deen for remaining diplomatic, but unfortunately, diplomacy can’t really make up for another person’s lack of professionalism.