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Lindsay Lohan Takes on Porn: Do We Care?

A few days ago Allison Nastasi over at Cinematical shared the news of Lindsay Lohan‘s newest announced role as seventies porn icon Linda Lovelace, in the film Inferno. The movie, to be directed by Matthew Wilder, is still in development — which means there is plenty of time for Lohan to do what she does best; causing the folks with cash in their pocket to keep it there until she’s gone.

Lindsay has not been in a film worth making an effort to care about since ’04s Mean Girls, which is a shame — because she can act, or could…I dunno. It’s been so long since I’ve heard anything about her other than drug binges, car chases, and public relationship disasters that at this point in what you can loosely call her career, she may simply be too fried to put in a worthwhile performance. Granted, if Tatum O’Neal can do it…

Well, Lindsay had The Parent Trap, O’Neal had Paper Moon. Perhaps that’s an unfair comparison.

As has been mentioned, if Lindsay can hold herself together, play the role, and do so without causing any on-set drama, Inferno could begin the bridge building process back to higher profile films, stronger casts, and something resembling a career. That said, past the curiosity factor of seeing Lohan play a porn star know for some…erm…particularly noteworthy bedroom abilities, I can’t imagine this film is going to pull film-goers into theaters in droves.

I make a special effort to avoid the tabloid media (see: pretty much everything on television), and I still find myself with a vague knowledge of what is going on in Lindsay Lohan’s life month-to-month. I don’t like this. I’ve reached my Lohan saturation threshold, which is minimal to begin with. If the average prospective seat filler is anything like me, their reaction is probably very similar, which is to say — indifference.

Lohan may have to wallow in a bit of much earned obscurity, behaving and concentrating on her craft all the while, to make it back to a place where her on-screen efforts become noteworthy again, and for the right reasons. I’m not sure this is the film that’s going to put her feet on that path.  I’m inclined to believe that her starring role in Inferno is more attention grabbing gimmick than actual road to career recovery. I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

Dustin is a California transplant by way of West Texas, spending most of the last ten years anywhere between Oceanside and Santa Barbara. Dustin has been writing since adolescence, winning such illustrious honors as first grade teacher Ms. Wall's Creative Critter Writing Award.

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