Despite Lindsay Lohan’s submission to alcohol monitoring and drug tests, Hollywood studios have become wary of working with the hard-partying star. Lohan was supposed to start filming “Poor Things” with Shirley MacLaine when she was out of rehab. But last week, product vendors including GE and Dell computers, who had been promised placement in the movie in exchange for cash, got a disturbing e-mail from set designer Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb.
Hebb’s e-mail, with the subject line: ” ‘Poor Things’ has been cancelled,” said, “Sorry to be the harbinger of bad news, but I just received a call from Jacky Gilardi, the producer, pulling the plug on the ill-fated film.
“Apparently, Ms. Lohan’s antics in Las Vegas over the weekend have scared the bond companies and all of the funding has been pulled . . . I look forward to working together in the future and trust our next project will not be as fraught with difficulty.”
The insurers were said to worry that Lohan, despite wearing an alcohol-monitoring device around her ankle and claiming to take daily drug tests, had gone out clubbing with pals.
But a Lohan friend fumes: “She had nothing to do with that movie shutting down. It was a mess to begin with. They randomly fired Channing Tatum for Giovanni Ribisi, and then financing fell through because producers spent money like water. It was only supposed to cost $4 million – Lindsay was being paid nothing for that role.
“Lindsay is proving to everyone that she is – and will remain – sober by voluntarily wearing the ankle bracelet and taking drug tests. This is not about her work. It’s about her being able to live her life and go out with her friends without people writing nasty items about her.”
The producers of “Poor Things” and a rep for Lohan declined to comment.