Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Original Story: Ben Affleck Met with Lindsay Lohan In Rehab


This is funny. TMZ, Access Hollywood, and Yahoo! are all running this story about Lindsay Lohan getting a visit in rehab from Ben Affleck. None of them credit the source, which was this column. So here’s a flashback from August 6th:

Exclusive: I told you last week that Lindsay Lohan was “circling” a role in Ben Affleck’s next directing project, called “Live By Night.” Affleck’s publicist emailed me to say that I was lying and everything I wrote was untrue.

Now I can tell you that Affleck actually visited Lindsay in rehab on one of her Sunday visiting days. They did talk about “Live by Night” and the part of Emma. This is from a different source than the first one, and it was just a coincidence that they each spoke to me. Affleck’s publicist now adds: “It’s still not true. She hasn’t been considered for any role and won’t be in the movie.”

Oh well. I disagree. I don’t know why there’s such reluctance to confirm this. Ben put Blake Lively on the map with “The Town.” Offbeat casting often works out. And no one says Lindsay Lohan can’t act. If she’s clean and sober, she’ll be great. And Affleck, who’s one of the nice guys, knows that rehab can work. He did it in 2001 for alcohol and came out a winner.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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