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Let Us Compare the Respective Portrayals of Elizabeth Taylor By Lindsay Lohan and Helena Bonham Carter

By Jodi Clager | Trailers | July 8, 2013 | Comments ()


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Lindsay Lohan starred as Liz Taylor in Liz & Dick, the made for television movie on Lifetime. Director Lloyd Kramer (Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl ) and writer Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) chose to focus on the tumultuous nature of the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. They also decided to have Lohan/Taylor narrate from a director's chair in Purgatory or some such sh*t. Lohan looked like this in her, ahem, "film".

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Helena Bonham Carter is playing Liz Taylor in BBC America's Burton and Taylor. Director Richard Laxton ("Him & Her", The Night Watch) and writer William Ivory (Made In Dagenham) will focus on the divorced duo preparing for the 1983 play revival of "Private Lives". Carter looks like this in the film.

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Advantage: Helena Bonham Carter, clearly. I mean, Lohan looks like she's playing dress up while calculating how best to get back into the Chateau Marmont. Carter's violet eyes are also more striking and she's better able to carry off the heavier makeup of 80s Taylor.

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It wouldn't be a movie about Liz and Dick unless you have a Dick (heh heh). Lohan was paired with Grant Bowler ("True Blood", "Defiance").

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Helena Bonham Carter gets Dominic West as her Dick.

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Advantage: Dominic West. Duh. We all know the man can act. Look at Grant Bowler up there. It looks like he's auditioning for a role as Bill Compton's doppelganger. Do me a favor. Close your eyes and listen to West's deep purr and then listen to Bowler's empty voice and let me know who makes the better Richard Burton.

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This is the trailer for Liz & Dick:

This is the trailer for Burton and Taylor:

Advantage: Burton and Taylor. There's actual acting happening here, people. There's more than just Lohan yelling at Bowler like he forgot to provide her keg of gin in the dressing room. Just from the short trailer, West and Bonham Carter are already more believable as the infamous Burton and Taylor.

Don't be too sad, Lindsay Lohan. The cheese you made will live forever in gif infamy. Gifamy.

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  • Maddy

    And as much as I make fun of her, I still find it so sad what LiLo did to her face! I really want to her to away and come back and do something awesome in 10 years but sadly don't think it's going to happen

  • Maddy

    OF COURSE I love HBC in everything and I WANT HER IN ALL THE THINGS ... but maybe ... this film is completely unneccessary

  • e jerry powell

    And how quickly we've forgotten Sherilyn Fenn and Angus MacFayden.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I saw the surname Macfadyen and was soooo excited for .3 seconds.

  • e jerry powell

    It happens that way sometimes.

    ;-)

  • e jerry powell

    Grant Bowler was a sexier werewolf than he would have been as a vampire. More nudity involved, in fact. Plus that whole "They killed my COOTER" line that Debbie had.

    Really, Bowler makes a better piece of meat in the Ugly Betty universe if you ask me. There are very few things more interesting for Vanessa Williams to wear.

  • Bodhi

    I watched Liz & Dick with a bottle of vodka at my elbow. It was the most hilarious piece of shit I've seen in a long time

  • JediShaft

    Are we sure West isn't really playing Jean-Claude Van Damme? Because he has nailed it.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Now that is a movie i'd watch!

  • Green Lantern

    I don't know, Jodi...was there even a question about who was going to come out on top here? Honestly??

  • simplysarah

    HBC reminds me of Delta Burke, not Elizabeth Taylor.

  • apsutter

    McNulty!!! Of course I was going to watch this but now it's a priority.

  • Let's compare Liz and Dick to Liz and Dick rather than their bougie replicas. Those two are goddamn eternal.

  • BAM

    All you had to say was Lifetime vs BBC America.

  • BWeaves

    I hate to say it, but HBC and West are not doing it for me, either. He's kinda got the voice, but she only has the looks in the still photographs. In motion, she looks like HBC and her voice squeaks out as HBC, too. It takes me out of it.

    Also, look at the header photo. That's some serious sun damage on Taylor. HBC has porcelain perfect skin.

    I still love Taylor's cleavage. I always thought she had the perfect boobs. And she has the perfect 65 carat diamond nestled in them.

  • Samantha Klein

    Forced to agree, which sort of makes me feel like, if they can't do it, maybe nobody should? Except Russell Crowe. He was born to play Burton, for real.

  • emmalita

    Of course, I read that as "He was born to play Taylor."

    *thinks about it*

    Can we make that happen?

  • apsutter

    Yea, Taylor was beautiful but she always looked old for her age...even when she was in her 20's. The funny thing is that HBC's voice sounds much more youthful than blohan and she's, what, like 20 years older?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    One of my favorite quotes - Erma Bombeck, maybe? "When we were young, we all wanted to look like Elizabeth Taylor. Now we all do."

  • BWeaves

    I love that quote.

    The thing is, most "starlets" back in the day looked old. They tried to look like and act like adults. Now, all the adults are trying to look like 20 year olds and failing. Then you have Courtney Stodden who is a teenager and looks 53 years old trying to look 35. Sad, really.

  • apsutter

    I wouldn't say most of the stars from the 50's and 60's looked old but I most definitely think many of the late 60's/70's stars tended to look older. Liz always just struck me as being one of those women who looked mature for her age. It's especially notable because she was a child star and never really looked like a kid.

  • Maguita NYC

    Also, how can anyone forget that Grant Bowler is "Cooter", as in "They killed my cooter" TB fame?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Maguita NYC

    "It wouldn’t be a movie about Liz and Dick unless you have a Dick"

    And here I thought for Lohan any wanker would do.

  • "I'M BORED!"

    Never forget.

  • Leland Eidson

    It actually broke my heart that gif wasn't included in this post...

  • Joe Grunenwald
  • Thank you

  • WhoDeyKY

    me too girl, me too.

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