Rosie O'Donnell apparently isn't convinced that Lindsay Lohan can play a legend of Hollywood's golden age. On "Today" this morning O'Donnell blasted Lohan's recent legal issues, rehab and work ethic. NBC's morning show was conducting their panel segment and the story of Lohan's casting as Liz Taylor in "Liz & Dick," a Lifetime biopic about the brunette bombshell with violet eyes. Rosie apparently doesn't think Lindsay is capable of working on any project at the moment.
Rosie said of the casting of LiLo, "...she's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including " SNL ." She was out and not at rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work." It wasn't all harsh words for the former Disney star though, O'Donnell did say that she had sympathy for Lindsay. " I feel very sorry for her. I think she needs a lot of help," the former talk show host said. She also had some advice for what Lindsay should do now, "She needs time away."
O'Donnell has never shied away from speaking her opinion on any subject, but are her concerns warranted in this case? Let's take a look at both sides.
Rosie's Right - The fact is that Lindsay has had a whirlwind last five years. It started with a DUI arrest, included a jewelry theft charge, and had smatterings of rehab to boot. It was also only a few short months ago that it seemed like the "Herbie Fully Loaded" star was teetering on the brink of total career destruction. Her probation judge was so fed up with her antics surrounding her court-ordered community service that she even made the young star sit in a jail cell for a few hours, and it wasn't clear if she'd have to spend a lot more time behind bars are not. O'Donnell's advice to Lindsay to take a timeout and get healthy in every way is pretty sound advice.
Rosie's Wrong - The flip-side of the argument is that Lindsay has been making a concerted effort to get herself cleaned up and back on track. First she agreed to pose nude in Playboy and sales of that issue were quite good. Then she was able to get the hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," and despite Rosie's assertions that there was trouble on the "SNL" set, ratings and reviews were decent for Lindsay's performance. Ultimately, celebrities like O'Donnell have to decide whether their comments will help or hurt Lindsay's comeback attempt. There's just as much chance that Lohan already hit her rock bottom and now she's climbing back up. No one thought Robert Downey Jr. could escape the rut he was in personally and professionally, but now he's one of the top movie stars in Tinseltown again.
What do you think of Rosie's comments? Is she right or wrong? Sound off and let us know in a comment!
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