Venice: Lindsay Lohan Is a No-Show

Lindsay Lohan

The actress was expected to promote her new film "The Canyons."

VENICE, Italy – Lindsay Lohan is a no-show at the Venice International Film Festival, where she was expected to promote the erotic thriller The Canyons.

Director Paul Schrader told a news conference that he was "a free man," adding: "For the last 16 months I've been hostage, by my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress."

Neither Schrader nor Lohan's publicist gave a reason for the last-minute cancellation.

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Lohan plays an L.A. actress who, with her partner, a producer played by adult-film actor James Deen, engages in erotic encounters with couples found on the Internet. The movie premieres in competition Friday.

Schrader said Lohan "stepped up very hard" for the role.

Lohan, 27, has been plagued in recent years by legal and substance abuse problems. She completed her latest court-ordered stay in rehab in July.