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Letterman Interrogates Lindsay Lohan About Rehab, Reduces Her to Tears

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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The thing about Letterman is that, he's a former alcoholic. In his own way, he's a life-long f*ck up. He managed to get the drinking under control, but obviously, the philandering and other self-destructive behavior has continued to bite him in the ass throughout his career. What it does is to make him a more empathetic interviewer with someone like Lindsay Lohan, who -- for reasons it's hard to make sense of -- he and Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels and a few others continue to pull for.

There are a number of jokes made in the interview, and a few funny moments, but in the end, I honestly think there was some sincerity on both Letterman and Lohan's part. He badgered her about rehab; she took it in stride, and they came to a happy place where Lohan could -- once again -- dedicate herself to getting her sh*t together.

It's great television, really. I don't know if it'll mean a damn thing in three days, but for 15 minutes, you get the feeling that there might be a future for Lohan.



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  • MattyBlue

    The Pajiba comment section is usually one of my favorite spots on the site, full of funny, insightful, smart commentary...but this one is just loathsome. So many assholes taking so much glee from someone heading toward their own rock bottom.

    For one thing - Lindsay Lohan knows that she's fucking up. That doesn't mean she's able to stop doing it, or at least she hasn't been able to, yet.

    And for another - there are comments to the effect of "and she's laughing about it." As someone who has sat in lots of 12-step meetings over the past 8 years, I can tell you - there's a lot of gallows humor in those rooms. Anyone who has come out the other side, or is trying to, has laughed their asses off ast some point during the passage.

    I don't know if Lindsay Lohan will ever turn her life around. Some do, some don't. But maybe some of you people who have no idea what she's gone through and is going through could shut the fuck up about it.

  • St

    The most shocking thing in all her interviews is that she keeps joking about rehab, her jail, courts and stuff. I understand that she thinks: “Oh, it may look uncomfortable for me in interviews when everyone want to ask me about it.. So I will laugh at it and ease uncomfortable feeling”. But you don’t laugh at it. It just shows that she doesn’t take it seriously. She should apologize and move on. But she apologies, promises to get better…. and then in 2 months she is in another court hearing. And it looks ridiculous again. And she jokes about it in her next interview again, thinking that if she will laugh at it – it won‘t me uncomfortable.

    She is beyond saving. We should say big Thank You to Letterman. Because he was not kissing her ass. You know all those other journalists were kissing her ass and praising her for awful Liz and Dick movie. In her face. Which made her think that she is actress again. And then reviews came. And Lohan was schooled how bad they were.

    Letterman asked her directly about all her lies, stealing and rehabs. And I think that at that awkward moment Lohan understood what kind of joke she became. How embarrassing she was. She kept looking at some person backstage for moral support. Probably her assistant. I don’t think she will get herself together after it. But you could see that she understood what kind of embarrassing joke she became for public. I wish there would be more interviews like this where interviewer could bring her in reality.

  • Every time I see something about her, I think, "She's a month older than me."

    tbh, the only thing she has left going for her in the movie world is a Mickey Rourke-like comeback (sorry, bb, you're no RDJ and you never will be) where no one comments on her face and her roles are without an age assigned to them.

  • poopnado

    I don't really think they came to a happy place. Or maybe we were watching different interviews. Letterman might feel bad for her, but he kept asking her questions she didn't want to discuss. But if Lindsey thought they were just going to discuss her movie, she really is delusional. She really is. SHE IS.

    And I don't think LiLo is going to turn it around, unfortunately. We've been here before.

  • chanohack

    "I was going through a phase..." Wasn't that like, last week? Didn't she go to a club in Brazil and crawl around on the floor and hide under a table or something, last week?

    I hope she gets better. I really do. But I'm not holding my breath. (Also, what the fuck is going on with her hair--does she not have a hair person, does Dave not have a hair person, since she apparently showed up early? Something is not right here.)

  • Jezzer

    She'd better get better. I took her out of my dead pool for the first time this year, because I got tired of her perennially circling the bowl without getting flushed.

  • chanohack

    What does this mean? Does this mean you're betting on who will die and you thought she'd die but she didn't die and that annoyed you?

    (Hoping I'm wrong.)

  • Jezzer

    Better get the smelling salts ready.

  • Ben

    pretty sure you're right.

  • the other courtney

    I have a hard time reconciling her behavior simply with substance abuse issues. Yes, the girl is an addict. However, she is also the product of two reprehensible humans and grew up in a carnivorous industry. Let's pretend drugs and alcohol were out of the picture: what's left? On a good day, does Lohan have what it takes to function as a reasonable, well-adjusted human being?

    She's an adult now, so we can't blame the parents anymore and her chosen profession fosters a sublimation of substance while necessitating a strong character in order to survive and thrive. As much as I want to throw stones at the girl, I find I can't. I don't think she ever stood a chance.

  • The real problem with Lindsay is that she is an asshole, plain and simple. She's shown us time and time again that she will say and do anything that she needs to get what she wants. Not only that but she puts the public in danger by being completely reckless. She's a reckless driver who is concerned with no one's safety(especially not her own), she will steal anything that is not bolted down and then lie about it, and she has zero respect for anyone or anything. What really made me start actively hating this girl was when they let her use Liz Taylor's old trailer on the set of Liz and Dick and she TRASHED it. It was on loan and the woman who restored it is now out thousands and thousands of dollars. All the things in it were used by Liz and are irreplaceable but Blohan didn't give a shit. She stole the things she wanted from it and destroyed whatever was left.

  • delle

    Exactly!
    And I'll see you this comment and raise you the fact that again and again she has shown her utter lack of disdain for those who bend over backwards to give her an out, particularly with all her legal troubles; girl keeps breaking the law and despite often being given the usual kind of celebrity special status by those who enforce the law, she blows off court dates and probationary conditions alike. Asshole.

  • Yup...it blows my mind that there are still people who think she's just think poor unfortunate "kid" who had terrible parents. Boo-fucking-hoo, a shit ton of people have awful fucking parents and they don't turn into the entitled little assholes. Just to put into perspective how little she respects the law this bitch has been on probation for 5 solid years. 5 years!!! I can't wait for the IRS to go after her and send her drug addled ass to pound-you-in-the-ass federal prison for tax evasion.

  • TheEmpress

    I totally agree that her problems are not just about substance abuse. Her parents are the worst. But at the same time, she's 26 now, not 16. At what point do you stop blaming other people for your problems and actually deal with them, you know, like an adult? I have a hard time believing this round of rehab is actually going to stick, especially since she's postponing it until after she parties her face off at Coachella.

  • dizzylucy

    She's sung this tune before. I think she's gotten very good at saying the right thing to make it seems like she's accepting responsibility and growing up one minute, and then getting drunk and punching a psychic the next.

    Nothing will change until she actually wants it to. I hope she does get to that point, but I'm not optimistic.

  • $27019454

    I usually don't care all that much about an actor's private life. For me, it's just "Do they entertain me?" And since I thought Mean Girls was stupid, I am left with only the feeling that I like Haley Mills version of The Parent Trap a MILLION times better (you guys, the outfits! On everybody!), she leaves me ...meh.

    I kind of wish she would just ot do interviews, though. It's just bad PR at this point. Silence: Look into it!

  • PDamian

    I sometimes wonder if all the people insisting that she's a good actress aren't part of the problem. As long as there are those who think her talent makes worthwhile all the aggravation she brings, she'll never have any incentive to change. I read somewhere that the harsh reviews she got after Liz and Dick really shook her up -- that she realized then that talent is not inexhaustible, but a finite resource that must be nurtured and shaped. I thought at that time that she might start making some changes to her life. At this point, doesn't look like she will.

  • just die already

    I can not wait for the morning I wake up and read about the overdose. Actually, I can't wait for the morning six weeks after the overdose when I never have to hear about this person again.

  • DarthBrookes

    I can't help but root for LiLo. I really hope she comes out of rehab a better person, or, you know, makes the changes she needs to make on her own. She's talented (fuckoff, haters) and she's smart and I think she's actually a good person. I'd like her to become another shining example of a celebrity who hit rock bottom then turned it all around. Like... Um... Shit, I had someone in mind a second ago.

  • kirbyjay

    I would feel sympathy for her if she wasn't such a self entitled " poor me"
    " It's everyone else's fault" stupid bitch.....but unfortunately......
    I never felt that way about RDJ or Britney Spears or a myriad of others who took the road most staggered, but the arrogance......the arrogance.......Her and Kim Kardashian.....Fuckem both.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    And sometimes I ask myself why there are terms like
    Schadenfreude.

  • Az

    Shades of Courtney Love at the Pamela Anderson roast: "I've been sober for a year!" Whatever. If she were "happiest and healthiest" when she's working then she'd actually show up on time at work and do her job well. Unless by workshe means her day job.

  • willalee

    After watching that interview, I think that LiLo is self aware enough to realize that she is a punchline. But after each joke, there is an uncomfortable pause where she has to process the joke and then try to filter what response is appropriate to keep some semblance of public opinion on her side. It looked like she thought, most weren't funny, but then remembered that she needs to seems as if it is all just "tabloid" rumor.

    When RDJ was self destructing, at his worst, he seemed to just not care about anything an interviewer was saying. Nothing could touch his reality and he didn't care what image he was portraying. He just was. He went through it and has come out the other side as a charming well-respected actor.

    I don't wish ill on LiLo, but until she gets it through her head that she wants to get better, none of this means anything.

  • Alexandra Roderick

    til I looked at the draft for $7648, I be certain that my mother in law could actualey earning money part-time at there labtop.. there aunt has done this 4 less than thirteen months and at present cleared the morgage on there cottage and purchased a brand new Renault 5. we looked here, Big31.com

  • draeton

    This is like a master class in grammar trolling.

  • Uriah_Creep

    And yet it's received 2 freaking upvotes.

  • kirbyjay

    She looks like a middle aged has-been addicted to plastic surgery with no self awareness looking for a comeback for something she never had to begin with.

  • St

    Seriously. She keeps acting like she is still some young teen actress with bright future, who just got lost. But after she will find herself – everything will be o’k, she will get roles that will lead her to Oscar…

    She can’t understand that her face will never go back to being young and fresh. She will always look like some 50 years old trash. She can’t play roles of young woman in romantic movies. She looks too old for it with those plastic surgeries.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    I actually saw her out in a restaurant in Soho a while ago (right before Liz and Dick started filming I think) and I was astonished how much she had done to her face.

  • Archie Leach

    But you have to admit that for a woman in her mid-50s, linds looks pretty decent.

  • Nachiket

    I hope she makes a comeback.Gets clean & starts acting in movies again.
    She's good actress.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    In what was she a good actress?

  • Lillimae

    I may be alone here, but I adored her in "Bobby".

  • foolsage

    I quite liked her performances in "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls". I wouldn't call her a great actress but she was passable; she sold the characters and was fun to watch.

  • Robert

    She had really good instincts as a child and then didn't do any work to develop her skills further. The foundation is there. She just needs to put the work in.

  • IngridToday

    Thank you! She's an average actress who's was cute in disney films and fun in Mean Girls and tha'ts about it.
    Personally, I don't care what happens to Lohan. I'm so tired of hearing about her.

  • And she had the lamest role in Mean Girls! Anyone could have played her role. Rachel McAdams carried that whole movie.

  • the dude

    she looks fucked!!

  • L.O.V.E.

    I don't know what this means. I think its a dig at her. But honestly, I would be pleased to go through life looking fucked. The only thing better would be going through life looking well fucked, though I consider that terminology a bit redundant.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Read: "I can't masturbate to this!"

  • L.O.V.E.

    Challenge accepted!

    /Barney Stinsoned

  • NynjaSquirrel

    It's breathing, and has boobs... or 'it has boobs'. It's usually enough.

  • pajiba

    Thanks for that thoughtful insight! You should start a blog! You could call it: Knee-Jerk Monosyllables with Multiple Exclamation Points!!

  • BWeaves

    This from the man who got Pajiba banned from the Sundance Film Festival because of his review of "The Woman?"

    The review states: ” ‘Go fuck yourself.’ … Dustin Rowles, Pajiba.com.”

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Which he later explained, and apologized for, IIRC.

  • the dude

    It's a completely valid opinion, vehemently expressed. So please don't be a dickwad and admit that Lindsay Lohan looks like trash. Not to say that maybe there isn't a nice person behind that sack of flesh.

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