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The Canyons Director Paul Schrader Slams Lindsay Lohan Over Star's "Refusal to Support" the Film

Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons, Paul Shrader Courtesy of IFC Films, Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Looks like Paul Schrader isn't too pleased with The Canyons leading lady Lindsay Lohan.

The flick's director—who has previously called LiLo a "talented but unpredictable star"took to Facebook to post a lengthy rant in which he slams the freshly rehabbed actress for her apparent lack of support for the film.

And it's safe to say he doesn't hold back.

"I am mystified and disappointed by LL's refusal to support The Canyons," he begins. "She is a producer of the film, a 25% owner. She has received wonderful reviews (among the negative) for her performance."

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Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons

The reviews for The Canyons, which was written by Bret Easton Ellis and also starred real-life porn star James Deen, were less than positive, with the Hollywood Reporter calling the flick "a lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look at peripheral Hollywood types not worth anyone's time either onscreen or in real life," while the New Yorker's David Denby said Lindsay appeared "puffy and overwrought and unfocused," in her performance.

Despite the harsh critiques, Schrader insists he supported Lindsay and believed in her when no one else would give the troubled starlet a chance.

"I hired her when no one else would," he writes. "She fought to keep the role when I wanted to fire her for unreliability. She has no other films in the can."

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The Canyons, Bret Easton Ellis, James Deen, Paul Schrader, Tenille Houston, Venice Film Festival Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

He continues, slamming Lindsay for her failure to appear at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of the flick after she completed her court-ordered 90-day stint in rehab.

"She repeatedly said she would come to Venice but never did. She said you would support the film but never did. She never showed for the photo sessions, including the session for the ad campaign art," he says. "Richard Brody of the New Yorker wanted to do a appreciative profile but somehow she didn't have time to meet him. Film Comment gave her the cover but she would not give them an interview (I had to write a profile piece to save the cover), I shifted the film's European premiere from Locarno to Venice so she could make her promised post-rehab appearance. But she did not show." 

To be fair, L.L. said she was "never confirmed to attend" the festival and was opting to focus her health and well-being post rehab, although she expressed her support for the film via social media.

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Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons

Which, apparently, wasn't enough for the 67-year-old filmmaker, who reportedly said he had been "held hostage" for 16 months by the "talented yet unpredicable" starlet at the film's premiere. 

"I can only surmise that Lindz had decided that Canyons is part of a reprobate past she must put behind her in order to move forward," he writes, offering his best explanation for LiLo's behavior. "She was never comfortable working with James Deen...I assume those closest to her, her family and reps, had advised her to treat Canyons as an indiscretion." 

While Paul's opinion of LiLo as a person may be less than stellar, he has nothing but rave reviews when it comes to Lindsay's performance in the flick.

"But, for me, the reality is the opposite," he continues. "In Canyons Lindsay has given a bold, raw, naked original performance which vaults her from the category of ingenue to leading lady. Don't get me wrong. I want LL to move forward, have a healthy life and, if possible, a career, but I disagree with her decision to (passively not aggressively) turn her back on Canyons. It's an extraordinary piece of work and serves her well. Lindsay, your work is excellent. Own it! Paul Schrader."

What do you think of Schrader's remarks? Tell us in the comments!

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