Ever since The New York Times ran that long article a couple weeks ago, reporting on how difficult it was for The Canyons production team (specifically director Paul Schrader) to wrangle lead actress Lindsay Lohan into showing up on set and playing a character in front of a rolling camera (if you haven't read it yet, enjoy!), co-star James Deen seems to be having a hard time finding someone to talk to about anything else.
Because The Canyons has buckets of indie/hipster appeal (the film was largely financed by a Kickstarter campaign and the script was written by the cultish novelist and Twitter goblin, Bret Easton Ellis), porn's Jewish-boy-next-door, Deen, was likely hoping to use the film as a vehicle for the mainstream acting career Sasha Grey couldn't get.
So when a Daily Beast reporter asked some questions about Lohan's disastrous work ethic and on-set behavior, Deen tried to bring it back to his own fine acting chops:
[The director and I] both went outside and were yelling at each other, but what we were really yelling was, 'WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MOVIE SO FAR?' 'I THINK IT’S REALLY GOOD!' 'I’M REALLY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR DIRECTING STYLE!' 'YOU’RE DOING AN AMAZING JOB AS AN ACTOR!' We were just screaming compliments at each other. And he ended the conversation with, 'Here’s your motivation for the scene: after you do this, you’ll never have to work with her again.'
Unfortunately, it's starting to seem more unlikely that Deen might not make it out of the porn ghetto with this picture. After being rejected by South by Southwest (the prestigious festival denied the film on the grounds of its "quality issues"), The Canyons' future is uncertain and yet Deen still can't find anyone to talk to about anything non-Lohan related. The Sun just posted another interview with Deen that's basically just a rehashing of his previous comments on the endlessly fascinating subject of Linday Lohan:
“She is a product of the Hollywood system," he says. "She is so fragile you can’t help but feel for her.” With empathy skills like those, of course the man can act. (Also he's super-attractive, yeah?)
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