For years, execs have groused about unprofessional stars impeding film shoots. But that private gripe finally went public when a July 26 letter from Morgan Creek CEO James G. Robinson — scolding Lindsay Lohan for halting a day’s production of the company’s film Georgia Rule, due to ”exhaustion” — was leaked to the Smoking Gun website. It became the epistolary shot heard ’round Hollywood. We break it down.
TALK OF THE TOWN
Since Georgia Rule‘s cameras first started rolling on June 27, Lohan, who received the letter at the legendary Chateau Marmont, has been photographed at several L.A. clubs and parties — including Jeremy Piven’s July 23 birthday bash. But, insists Rule sound mixer Thomas Causey, ”when she is [on set], she does a terrific job.” Incidentally, Rule isn’t the first movie shoot interrupted by Lohan’s exhaustion: A hospital stay in 2004 forced Herbie: Fully Loaded to shut down for three days.
Rule — a drama costarring Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, and Dermot Mulroney — is supposed to be Lohan’s chance to prove she’s a serious actress.
IRONY ALERT, PART 2
According to press notes, Lohan plays a ”rebellious teenager [who] screams, swears, drinks, and is — in a word — uncontrollable.” Perhaps the former Mean Girl is just going Method.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
According to Morgan Creek publicist Greg Mielcarz, Robinson’s missive ”was a private letter that was intended for [Lohan’s] eyes.” To his knowledge, the document was not leaked by Morgan Creek or Lohan’s camp. (Lohan’s rep did not return phone calls for comment.) Nevertheless, the letter has proven effective: Mielcarz confirms that Lohan has arrived on the set on time since receiving it, and Robinson told the Today show that she’s since apologized to the cast and crew.
CAA’s Bryan Lourd, Tracy Brennan, and Richard Levitt
Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Weinberg and Rob Levy
Dina Lohan, who called the letter’s wording ”ridiculous” on Access Hollywood
THE PUBLICIST & THE LAWYER
BWR’s Leslie Sloane Zelnik and attorney Jason Sloane
EXCERPTS FROM THE LETTER
Lindsay Lohan C/o Chateau Marmont
Since the commencement of principal photography of Georgia Rule, you have frequently failed to arrive on time to the set. Today, you did not show for work (all day)…
We are well aware that your ongoing all night heavy partying is the real reason for your so called ”exhaustion”. We refuse to accept bogus excuses for your behavior.
…your actions on Georgia Rule have been discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional. You have acted like a spoiled child and in so doing have alienated many of your co-workers…
If you do not honor your production commitments, including your scheduled call time for tomorrow, and any call times thereafter, we will hold you personally accountable…
I urge you to take this letter seriously and conduct yourself professionally.
Cc: T. Brenhan R. Levitt R. Levy D. Lohan B. Lourd J. Sloan J. Weinberg L. Zelnick
(Additional reporting by Gilbert Cruz, Vanessa Juarez, and Tanner Stransky)