Let Us Compare the Respective Portrayals of Elizabeth Taylor By Lindsay Lohan and Helena Bonham Carter
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”.
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.
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.
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”).
Helena Bonham Carter gets Dominic West as her Dick.
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.
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.