The other day, on an appearance on The Today Show, Rosie O'Donnell ripped into Lindsay Lohan after her involvement in the Lifetime biopic “Liz & Dick” was made official. A new report suggests the young actress never expected someone she considered a “friend” to do this to her.
As we also noted at the time, Lindsay had been loosely attached to the Elizabeth Taylor film for months before the announcement came.
Because of this, some even doubted it would ever be made, like it also happened in the case of the John Gotti film she was supposed to play a part in.
Minutes after Lifetime and Lindsay went on the record with the confirmation, Rosie O'Donnell was telling the world what a bad casting choice she was because she would never ever be able to pull off such a part.
The move took Lohan completely by surprise, TMZ has learned, especially since she always thought of her as of an older, cooler friend.
“Lindsay Lohan is in utter shock after Rosie O'Donnell bashed her on live television yesterday – telling friends, she's always had a great relationship with Rosie... or so she thought,” the celebrity e-zine reports.
“Sources close to LiLo tell TMZ, there was never any bad blood between the two actresses – in fact, Lindsay and Rosie were always on great terms... Lindsay would even say hello to Rosie whenever she saw her at various events. Rosie was always nice to her,” notes the same media outlet.
Because Lindsay basically made her debut on the TV promo show circuit on Rosie's program, back in 1998 when she was promoting “The Parent Trap,” she always thought highly of her – and even had “a special fondness” for her.
Blindsided by the public diss, Lohan is determined, now more than ever, to prove all naysayers wrong by having the most spectacular comeback in the industry with the Lifetime film.
“Even though she's surprised, Lindsay isn't upset – because Rosie's not the only person who doubts Lindsay's comeback, starting with her upcoming Liz Taylor role. As far as Lindsay's concerned – Rosie's just another hater she's gotta prove wrong,” TMZ writes.
O'Donnell isn't the only one who believes Lindsay's “comeback” will go up in smoke either, as we also noted the other day.
Star Jones was on the same show with Rosie and she too told Matt Lauer she thought casting Lindsay for the role of such an iconic actress was more about PR than about making a good film.