Lydia Hearst Distances Herself From Lindsay Lohan-Inspired Role
The heiress declines to acknowledge casting news after Dina Lohan threatens to sue filmmakers.
A day after the news broke that Lydia Hearst was cast in the comedy Dogs in Pocketbooks for a role inspired by Lindsay Lohan, the model dissociated from the project after Lohan's family announced they are pursuing possible legal action against the film.
Despite being named for the role by the film's screenwriter Charles Casillo, Hearst listed her upcoming acting projects on her Twitter page on Tuesday, leaving off Dogs in Pocketbooks: "As for any theatrical roles I am currently filming Two Jacks directed by Bernard Rose. My next project is Catwalk by Tony Hickox...At this time I am not officially signed onto any other projects." Her agent was also quoted Tuesday confirming Hearst had been offered the film but had yet to even read the script.
Earlier that morning, Dina Lohan and her attorney Stephanie Ovadia took aim at the production.
"We have a very strong case. It's shadowing E*TRADE," Dina told TMZ referencing the settlement they reached with the company over a commercial about a baby named Lindsay that was a "milkaholic." She later added: "Anyone bringing negativity will be dealt with accordingly."
The family's lawyer Stephanie Ovadia said one of their main issues is that Lindsay's likeness is being used "without her being compensated" and the film is "advertising the fact that they are using her likeness."
Though Casillo told the New York Post on Monday that the role was "obviously based on Lindsay Lohan," he has since backtracked.
“It’s more like it’s based on some of the headlines she’s generated. Not a biography. The movie is a satire on the nature of celebrity today,” Casillo told EW. He added that the character is a composite of starlets including Lohan, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton plus "some of the old glamor goddesses in the character too, like Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow."
As for the lawsuit, Casillo thinks "the Lohan family has no reason to disapprove and her people have no reason to be up in arms… this is not about Lindsay Lohan’s life. I realize that people love Lindsay. They probably want a movie about her. However, this movie is fiction."