It’s been over a year since I’ve bothered to watch “Glee,” and I honestly didn’t make an exception for Lindsay Lohan’s much-anticipated “performance” last night. Judging from the clip I just saw on Evil Beet (included here, below), which was almost all of her guest segment, I’m glad I didn’t. As we’ve heard, Lindsay was a massive diva on the Glee set. She was six hours late on set, she didn’t bother to learn her lines ahead of time, and she kept flitting out to her trailer to presumably
do lines smoke. For all that trouble, you would think Lohan would still be capable of a small glimpse of the greatness expected from her at the beginning of her now-over career. She didn’t seem to be. She delivered her lines with about the same conviction and breadth she showed on Saturday Night Live, that’s to say, not much. This is what happens when people are blitzed out of their skull for years, they suck at the job they used to know and do well. Here’s an editorial from The Washington Post on Lindsay’s big appearance on Glee. A “comeback” it was not.
“Is there anything better than someone making a comeback?”
Lindsay Lohan, playing the role of Lindsay Lohan, asked that question — wink, wink — during tonight’s second hour of “Glee.” She also reminded us that she’s a twelve-time Teen Choice Award nominee and is in full-on “image rebranding mode,” which, of course, is why she agreed to do a guest appearance on the Fox series in the first place.
So how did she do?
Well, after all the hoopla about her appearance in tonight’s episode, it was disappointing to only have her included for such a short period of time. Specifically, the two minutes and 46 seconds required for her to do her one big scene with fellow guest stars Rex Lee and Perez Hilton. (Note: that almost-three-minute period did not include the moment pictured above, when she stood up at nationals and waved.) Honestly, I spent more minutes reading about how Lohan allegedly showed up late to the “Glee” set than I did actually watching her on “Glee.”
Still, she was given a couple of semi-amusing lines.
“I show up here and there isn’t even a red button I can push and a chair that can spin me around where I can then point at a kid onstage and say, ‘I want to work with you’?” she complained in a blatant reference to ”The Voice.” “I’m seriously firing my manager.”
And she delivered those lines adequately, although, as was the case when she recently hosted “Saturday Night Live,” she didn’t necessarily sell them. She was helped by the fact that she shared screen time with Hilton, who was totally irritating and used every opportunity possible (with an assist from the “Glee” writers) to promote his blog. Then again, a person can never see the words LILO ALERT in a hot-pink, all-caps font nearly enough, can she?
In conclusion, on the “Glee” cameo appearance spectrum, Lohan was not in anything resembling the same league as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristen Chenoweth, but not nearly as annoying as Perez Hilton. Her image probably hasn’t been rebranded, but it also hasn’t been tarnished either. So … mission accomplished?
[From The Washington Post's Celebritology, author Jen Chaney]
I agree with Chaney that Perez was somewhat annoying. I don’t want to come down too hard on the guy because he’s not a professional actor and you do have to acknowledge how far he’s come in his career. Lohan has fallen farther, though. If she would have even tried, if she would have even shown up on time, tried to muster up some semblance of humility, maybe she would have earned more screen time on Glee. This is the story of her career for the past handful of years, though. She screws up every. single. chance. she’s given. Is it any wonder she screwed up this one? I don’t even think the Cracken cares at this point. After years of drug abuse, she’s so messed up it’s hard to even put our “regular people” standards on her. She doesn’t show up to work, she has to go to jail to be reminded to do some simple community service, ad nauseum. She probably thought she was ahead of the game by even getting there and managing to be relatively sober-ish.
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