Lindsay Lohan's upcoming Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick will likely deliver big ratings for the network November 25 - but it was a challenge to get there.
"Producing a movie with Lindsay Lohan is not for the faint of heart," executive producer Larry Thompson admitted to the media on a conference call.
"I turned 50 shades of white actually during the production."
Even before the film, which stars Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, started shooting, Thompson acknowledged that hiring her came with several strings:
"We had serious challenges to deal with due to her probation and her history."
"Therefore we had to work out a contract where there were pages and pages of ‘what if' clauses. There never was a ‘what if she can act' clause."
"It was about, ‘What if there is a car accident? What if there is a violation of her probation [and she's] incarcerated?' Those ‘what ifs' were plenty."
"She might be the most insured actress who ever walked on a soundstage. We tried to insure ourselves against things that could and, in fact, did happen."
Sure enough, Lohan was involved in a well-publicized car accident last June while filming Liz & Dick - which she faces charges of lying to police about.
The production was forced to take an insurance day. "I was financially at risk myself," said the producer, who said Lohan was sorry. "It was a challenge."
Still, the veteran producer had only kind words to say about LiLo's performance.
Calling her "truly riveting," he gushes, "Overall, my gosh, relative to the performance we got and the movie we were able to make, the pain was worth the pleasure."
"I know there are a lot of people who are naysayers, and I think they're gonna be shocked ... those who have believed in her, their belief is gonna be vindicated."
"The audience will benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained. I'm guardedly optimistic that the public will like the movie very much."
Will you watch Liz & Dick?