Lindsay Lohan Skips 'The Canyons' At Venice Film Festival, Sparks Bret Easton Ellis Twitter Slam; Director Says He Was LiLo's Hostage [VIDEO]

By Stephanie Kristine Spencer August 30, 2013 2:07 PM EDT
Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the The Weinstein Company after party following the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the The Weinstein Company after party following the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Lindsay Lohan was a no-show for the Venice Film Festival this week, where she was supposed to promote her noir-inspired film, The Canyons. Now director Paul Schrader is speaking out about his ordeal working with the troubled star!

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Schrader spoke bluntly about his experience with Lohan on the set of The Canyons, which follows the decadent and disturbing lives of Hollywood's richest. "Today I am a free man," Schrader said. "For the last 18 months I have been a hostage, of my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress."

During the production of the film, reporters heavily chronicled the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the demanding Lohan, who couldn't seem to overcome her own demons.

"Lindsay is fearless," Schrader continued. "But one of her problems as an actress is that she has a hard time faking things. So she gets caught up in the moment in a way that is exhausting for her and the people around her."

Schrader, who directed such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, described the Lohan film as an "experiment," and raised most of the film's money through Kickstarter. "Part of the fun was that we didn't have any money," he said. "We couldn't pay for anything."

Critics were quick to pan The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis, and even the Sundance Film Festival did not allow the movie to show at their event.

Ellis defended the film, saying, "It's a cold, dead film about cold, dead people. And that's interesting to us. You can't judge it against the standards of more humanistic, conventional films. I think the critical reaction to the movie is so disproportionate to what we did. It became this wide cultural event in the US where it was being reviewed alongside mainstream movies like Wolverine. A lot of that had to do with the casting of Lindsay. She blew it up into a much bigger story."

Ellis did appear annoyed with Lohan, however, as he blatantly commented on her disappearence at the festival. The writer tweeted simply, "Lindsay flaked."

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