Ricky Williams and Lindsay Lohan

… No one wants to work with them. It’s not just that they’re not great at what they do — Lindsay Lohan is a talented actress when she wants to be, Ricky Williams had the potential to be a hall-of-fame running back someday. No, it’s not that. No one wants to work with them because of off-screen (off-field) problems. With Lohan it’s the constant in-and-out of rehab and unpredictability, with Williams it’s his chief desire to smoke some reefer over carrying the pigskin.

But enough about the guy who couldn’t even make it in the Canadian Football League.

Lohan was cast to be in The Manson Girls as Nancy Pitman, a woman after the heart of Charles Manson. According to Deadline Hollywood, the people involved with pre-production and casting agencies decided that hiring Lohan was more of a liability than an asset, since no one wanted to work with her. Any project about Manson is bound to draw some big names, so they had to decide whether the risk of hiring Lohan was worth it or not. So even though there was no report of her being a malcontent on set, it was her reputation that pushed her out the door.

Honestly, it’s probably the best thing for all people involved. In most cases, the studios would be unwise to fire Lohan because any shenanigans she found herself wrapped up in could only help the movie. No such thing as bad press, right? Well, not in Lohan’s case. Her movies continually bomb, and even the thought of her playing a stripper didn’t get people to I Know Who Killed Me (but that’s probably because word spread that she didn’t even get naked in the film). Exit polls showed that people were far more interested in seeing Jane Fonda in Georgia Rules than Lohan.

Personally, I bet this is better for her career. Does she really need to play another woman entangled with a killer at this point in her career? She’s already got Chapter 27 with Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman under her belt and already did the iconic 60’s look in Bobby. Branch out! Do another comedy! Mean Girls 2: The Sorority Years is just ITCHING to be made!

I’ll still hold to the fact that I think Lohan is talented and that people should not judge a movie based on the personal lives of the stars in it. Tom Cruise lost over at Paramount because he believes in a wacky religion. Angelina Jolie got snubbed of an Oscar nod for A Mighty Heart because she buys babies. At the end of the day we have to ask “Who cares about their personal lives?” Actors have one job — and that’s to transform themselves into SOMEONE ELSE!

I mean, they’re not Ricky Williams, people!

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