Is Lindsay Lohan the new Marilyn Monroe?

Back in January, the director for Lindsay Lohan’s new film wrote a column about how difficult the actress is. But now he has changed his mind, and decided she is very misunderstood.

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Lindsay Lohan has had her troubles, and The Canyons director Paul Schrader spoke about her problems (and what a difficult actress she is to work with) in a New York Times piece back in January.

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He has decided to comment again on the actress, only this time explaining why her troubled life may have helped his film.

In his new column in Film Comment, Schrader compared Lohan to another very famous actress, Marilyn Monroe.

“Similarities? Tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychodrama — yes, all that, but something more, that thing that keeps you watching someone on screen, that thing you can’t take your eyes off of, that magic, that mystery,” Schrader wrote, according to Us Weekly.

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He said Lohan is the person she is because she is a very special kind of star in Hollywood, just like Monroe.

“[They both] exist in the space between actors and celebrities, people whose professional and personal performances are more or less indistinguishable,” he said. “Entertainers understand the distinction.”

Monroe is considered an icon in Hollywood, and while it may be hard to believe Lohan could be given that title, Schrader makes a good case for the actress.

“To be successful, a performer controls the balance between the professional and personal, that is, he or she makes it seem like the professional is personal,” he explained. “It is the lack of this control that gives performers like Monroe and Lohan (and others) their unique attraction. We sense that the actress is not performing, that we are watching life itself. We call them ‘troubled,’ ‘tormented,’ ‘train wrecks’ but we can’t turn away. We can’t stop watching.”

Monroe also dealt with numerous problems, including drug addiction, bad relationship and the press watching every move she made. She died in 1962 at the age of 36.

The director defended Lohan’s on-set drama, saying it is only because she is so dedicated to her craft.

“Like Monroe, her weakness is her inability to fake it. She feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it,” he said. “This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama. It also leads, when the gods smile, to movie magic.”

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Schrader continued by saying no one ever seems to talk about what a great actress Lohan is, and she is where she is today because of it.

The Canyons opens Aug. 2, 2013.

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