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Will 'Inferno' smolder without Lindsay Lohan?

September 19, 2010 |  2:00 am

Getprev When a judge ruled earlier this summer that Lindsay Lohan would be forced to spend time in jail and rehab, the filmmaker behind her next movie sounded unfazed.

"Not moving on, not recasting, not under any circumstances," Matthew Wilder, the director of the Linda Lovelace biopic "Inferno," said in July.

Last month, Lohan finished up her time early -- she spent less than two weeks of her 90-day sentence behind bars and under a month in rehab, where she was initially sent for 90 days. But now word comes that she has failed at least one court-ordered drug test.

And it sounds like Wilder may be starting to change his tune about waiting for Lohan no matter what.

"Let's see what the judge says," the director wrote in an e-mail Saturday morning, alluding to an upcoming hearing during which it will be decided if Lohan must head back to jail. She has been subject to random drug tests twice weekly since her release from a UCLA rehab facility in August. If she missed a drug test, or a test had a positive result, she could face 30 additional days in jail, according to this L.A. Times report.

"Inferno" had been scheduled to begin shooting in November in Louisiana, and Wilder said he had spent the last week "getting department heads" and "pulling together the other casting." The producers of "Inferno" weren't taking news of another possible delay in production altogether well, he said: "People aren't ... like ... overly enthused!"

Still, he and the film's financial backers have yet to give up on the troubled starlet.

"Our financier is actually surprisingly sanguine under the circumstances," Wilder said.

Early Saturday, Lohan took to her Twitter account to admit she had indeed failed a drug test.

"This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I'm prepared to face the consequences," she wrote.

"Substance abuse is a disease," she said, one which she is taking "positive steps" to "overcome."

Despite that proclamation, Wilder said Lohan's focus was still on "Inferno." Asked if the actress was still committed to the project, he replied: "Why would failing a drug test make her uncommitted?" 

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Lindsay Lohan's booking photo at Lynwood Correctional Facility in July. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department / Getty Images.


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Well, she seems uncommitted to taking care of herself. That might cross over into her professional life. Don't ya think?

Hollywood - the only place on earth where employers go out of their way to wait on those who abuse drugs and ignore court mandated orders and hearings.

The jail is still overcrowded, so, if she goes to jail, it will be minimal time again.

Nobody's irreplaceable, and Lohan can and should be replaced. There are several actresses who could take over this project easily. Why do they want to cool their heels waiting for her? She's getting work handed to her far too much. Maybe if she started getting fired repeatedly, she would see a reason to change.

Damn!!... At least she admitted to failing... Maybe that long list of baseball players that is supposed to be confidential.... They should all come forward and man up to all their so called "hall of fame stats"... Maybe thats the only way to clean up all those tainted records

"..."Substance abuse is a disease," she said, ..."


Another example of the Al Anon trope that they're victims of a "disease".

People don't "catch" alcohol or drug addiction - there's no vaccine for it:
Addiction is rooted in psychological problems, not because someone inhaled microbes or viruses floating in the air.

The implication that addicts are somehow not directly responsible for their situation because "IT'S A DISEASE" avoids the reality of who they are by pretending that some external entity invaded their bodies.

While they may not be responsible for the original psychological trauma or pre-disposition that made them addictive, they are 100% responsible for their behavior and choices - period.
If they can't or won't do that, then they are plain old junkies and drunks -
not heroic victims struggling with some disease.


I agree with you completely. You either choose to do drugs,smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.


I smoked 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes for 20 yrs from the time I was 21 until I was 41. I woke up one morning and said I don't want to do this anymore, threw the pack away and haven't had one since.

I am now 71 and I truly believe if I hadn't quit I would probably be dead or have more health problems than I would care to admit.

All you bleeding hearts quit feeling bad for this irresponsible idiot. She want's to party and thats it.

Lindsay didn't pay close enough attention in rehab. Substance abuse is not a disease, but addiction is. It is true that there are addicts who use this as an excuse/crutch, but many others do not. Anyone who is still debating that fact is ignoring substantial medical research. The AMA acknowledged the disease concept more than 50 years ago, in 1957. Literature from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains it as follows: "Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain - they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs." Obviously the initial decision to use and/or abuse is a choice, but over time the brain chemistry changes and disease is born.

The director is willing to wait because no reputable actress in her right mind would do this sleazy, glorified Porno flick. Just because an alcohol and drug addled 24 year old can legally consent to filming nude, graphic, simulated sex scenes intended for public distribution doesn't mean insurance companies should enable it. Too bad there's absolutely no one in this girl's life who is looking out for her best interests.

Geez, I don't know why, but I like this kid. I hope she makes it through all this. I hope she survives.

Addiction is an illness of the mind, body and spirit. Al-anon never suggests that the addict/alcoholic isn't responsible for their behaviors. They are not responsible for becoming sick, their intention was not to become an addict/alcoholic. Why some cross over that invisible line into addiction and alcoholism is a mystery. Medical Doctors who specialize in addiction are able to explain it well. Once there, always there. The only way to not reignite that fire within, is to remain clean and sober with the help of others and to learn to manage one's emotions, thoughts and behaviors responsibly. Cleaning up the wreckage of their past to the best of their ability is also a part of recovery.

The alcoholic/addict is unable to see their illness as being serious while they are in their illness. Their mind/ego tells them it isn't that bad, others are the problem. Then we have a bunch of enablers, even the judicial system that minimize the obvious facts that reality reveals.

Lilo is not well. She doesn't know, that she doesn't how unwell she. Of course, the fellow artists who enable her by allowing her to perform in her craft, add to her denial. If they really cared about her, they would choose not to enable her. She needs treatment 'long term.' Her career needs to be put on hold for at least a year so she can focus on treatment, change, recovery. There will always be lawyers to soften the blow. They are doing her a disservice however they are doing their job well, just not with her best interests at heart.

She might not be willing to accept the reality that she cannot use or drink casually because she has an illness that is insatiable once she reignites that fire. If she isn't, then she'll keep revisiting this cheap form of entertainment 'self-destruction,' until she ends up on a slab or puts someone else on a slab. I hope she surrenders herself to long term treatment so that she can have a full and long life. She needs to be willing to learn how to make different choices. She needs to be willing to let go of those who participate in her using and drinking. She needs to be willing to change the way she basically does everything.

This illness wants to take her life, she thinks it is her best friend.

Just out of curiosity what other legitimate actress would take on this role if Lilo is unable to do it?

There is no movie without her. I do believe that she is the right choice for this role. Maybe it will be her last role.

According to sources she has realized that she has a problem for the first time in her life. I guess we all know what is going on:

She was thrown into this business at an early age by her parents. Most kids would not like to do that work. They are natural shy. The properly worst abuse you can do to a shy child is to challenge the shyness.

Well, her parents did that. They saw to that she was taken to some kind of doctor on the payroll on some producer and she was diagnosed wrongly with ADHD, so she could get a kind of medication which could enable her to overcome her shyness and act just so money could go to the parents.

Now she cannot get her medication anymore, but can she then act? I guess no. I believe that the Judge should let her go and get the movie done with. Once it is finished he should order her to go to some kind of retreat far away from any paparazzi, where she can figure her future out.

I believe that she would do herself and others a favor if she turned her life around and settled with photosuits and marketing of her clothing line. Making movies demand too much of her. It puts her in danger of drug and alcohol abuse.

I as parent have learned from this case. I will never push my children to do something they are not comfortable with. I will never challenge them. It is a lesson all parents can take from her ordeal.

Speaking of "Issues" this story is going to be on the show "Issues" in about an hour. The host is a recovering alcoholic so she will cut to the chase on Lindsay.

If I were incarcerated under the same circumstance, I should think my employer would assume lack of responsibility and lack of dedication to job.

she iss never gonna learn. NEVER. she really just needs to grow up. like its ok to party every once in awhile but god all the time and she always gets cought. just stop grow up and get a life 4real.

Lindsay Lohan's participation in this project might be the only way it sees the inside of anything other than a screening room or a DVD player. I can't imagine a huge public interest in a film based on Linda Lovelace's reimagining of the facts surrounding her participation in "Deep Throat." For that matter, I can't imagine a huge public interest in a movie that accurately portrayed the events surrounding the making of "Deep Throat."


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