Lindsay Lohan walks away from Manson movie

Fri May 9, 2008 8:28pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan passed up a role in a movie about convicted killer Charles Manson in order to accept two other offers, including a guest star turn on the TV comedy "Ugly Betty," her publicist said on Friday.

Lohan's spokeswoman, Leslie Sloane, said the 21-year-old actress was "definitely interested" in "The Manson Girls," but she denied online gossip reports that Lohan was dropped from that film because other actors refused to work with her.

"Unfortunately (the Manson movie) didn't come together quickly enough, and she was offered other roles, which she accepted and is looking forward to doing," Sloane told Reuters.

The ABC television network announced on Monday that Lohan, who is seeking to rebuild her career after a year of personal upheaval, has signed a deal to guest star in six upcoming episodes of the popular workplace comedy "Ugly Betty," starting this month.

Sloane said Lohan also has been cast to star in the forthcoming film comedy "Labor Pains," produced by Rick Schwartz, whose credits include the Martin Scorsese films "The Departed," "The Aviator" and "Gangs of New York."

As described in the New York Post, Lohan will play a young woman who pretends to be pregnant to avoid being fired.

For "The Manson Girls," Lohan had reportedly been attached to play a Manson "family" cult member named Nancy Pitman.

But a source with knowledge of the project said producers failed to put money into escrow in time to hold Lohan's availability, leaving her free to take other work.   Continued...

<p>Actress Lindsay Lohan poses for photographers at the premiere of the film "Cloverfield" in Los Angeles January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>