Lindsay Lohan faces grim career options

Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:49am EDT
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Leslie Bruce

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Getting back to straight civilian life can be tough for anyone trying to leave a jail stint behind. But professional train wreck and sometime-actress Lindsay Lohan has a whole set of unique circumstances to navigate when she walks out of rehab again and tries to make a living.

At first, she'll need to rely on the tarnished-celebrity-appearance racket because her film career is shaping up to make Tara Reid's look like Sandra Bullock's.

Lohan's talent as an actor is well-established, but the appealing version of her image hasn't been onscreen for five years -- an ice age in movie-star terms. The tawdry nature of the past few years of her life combined with the increasingly limited options she now has available to her as a major investment risk mean that the film parts she is lining up are, at best, delightfully fringe. And much less lucrative.

Her next scheduled movie is the independent Linda Lovelace biopic "Inferno," which will feature Lohan as the '70s porn icon-turned-anti-porn-activist in a controversial role that writer-director Matthew Wilder has said will involve "full frontal nudity -- but it will not be cinematic nudity, it will be more violent nudity."

Lohan's next appearance in theaters will be Robert Rodriguez's gory grindhouse homage "Machete," which hits theaters September 3. Thus far, images from the film have shown the actress in a nun's habit either firing a machine gun or -- in a poster shot easily confused for the Lovelace project -- licking the tip of a gigantic gun barrel.

In a move meant to capitalize on her renewed troubles, Vince "Shamwow!" Offer is rereleasing his 1999 film "The Underground Comedy Movie" in the fall with added footage shot in June of Lohan as Marilyn Monroe mowing down a line of paparazzi with two flaring pistols.

Oscar bait this is not: If these parts were any lower rent, they'd be free.

On the other hand, sources close to Lohan said her nonfilm work will be the real income generator, even if it's much less than she would have gotten before her most recent mishaps and involves scraping the bottom of the dignity barrel.   Continued...

<p>Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse in this July 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>