Lindsay Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor movie attracts union attention
Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing worker safety and welfare on Lindsay Lohan’s TV movie Liz & Dick after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days. Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in one union’s review.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed its representatives visited the production. It said it “will continue to visit” to enforce guild rules. “We have spoken with representatives from the company, and they are fully aware of their contractual obligations. We will ensure that all applicable penalties will be paid,” the guild said in a statement.
SAG-AFTRA would not elaborate, spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt said.
IATSE, the stage employees union, said it’s keeping a watchful eye on the production’s working conditions. “We have had union representatives on the set since last Friday and will continue to monitor the hours and working conditions there,” said Mike Miller, IATSE’s division director for movie and TV production.
In a statement, Thompson said a SAG-AFTRA representative “was totally fine with everything” she found during shooting Tuesday at a Los Angeles estate. He was told there had been no complaints from guild members and that the visit was prompted by “tweets and comments in the media,” he said.
Lohan was treated last week by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration. She posted on Twitter: “Note to self… After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & … 7 paramedics MIGHT show up.”
News reports that two crew members also sought treatment for exhaustion were incorrect, said Stan Rosenfield, Thompson’s spokesman.
Liz & Dick, about the romance of Taylor and Richard Burton, is expected to wrap principal photography at the end of June after about four weeks of shooting at Southern California locations standing in for Europe. The house used Tuesday is serving as the Italian villa Taylor occupied while filming Cleopatra, Thompson said.
Filming has been rocky for Lohan. She was involved in a June 8 car crash on her way to the set but resumed shooting later that day.