Yesterday we got to see a pretty impressive promo photo of Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler in costume as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the upcoming Lifetime TV biopic Liz & Dick. Today we get to see another fairly impressive photo that features Lindsay in all her Liz Taylor glory. I must say, the photo we saw yesterday and the photo we see below really do bear a striking resemblance to the late Elizabeth Taylor. According to People magazine, people on the set of Liz & Dick “audibly gasped” when Lindsay presented herself in character. HMMM. Is this just a matter of PR spin or does Lindsay really have the Liz-look down? Click below and see for yourselves.
When Lindsay Lohan first walked onto the set of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick dressed as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, “there was an audible gasp,” the movie’s costume designer, Salvador Pérez, tells PEOPLE. “You’d swear it was Elizabeth.” Dressed in Taylor’s favorite styles — jewel-toned cocktail dresses, fur coats and those famous gems (well, good fakes) — the actress looked remarkably like her screen idol. “She just walked into the clothes and became Elizabeth Taylor,” says Pérez. Producer Larry Thompson had some of Taylor’s most famous bling, including the 33-carat Krupp diamond, recreated for the film. “Part of the magic is the wardrobe,” he says. “And Lindsay said she wants to bring magic to the movie.” Many of the vintage dresses fit her like a glove, too; Lohan’s waist measures a tiny 23 inches, while Taylor’s was a mere 22 inches. Lohan will wear 66 different looks in the 80-minute biopic, which begins in 1961, ends with Richard Burton’s death in 1984 and focuses on their tumultuous relationship (an affair while she was still married, two weddings and two divorces). To prep, Lohan hired a voice coach and even dyed her auburn hair a deep brunette to better match Taylor’s dark tresses. Lohan’s hair and makeup will span all of Taylor’s looks, from the long lashes and red lips of the 1950s (attained using M.A.C’s “Hot Tahiti” lipstick) and the Cleopatra-inspired eyeliner and nude mouth of the ’60s to her teased ’80s bouffant, always with her trademark eyeliner to accentuate her famous violet eyes. (Lohan is wearing opalescent lavender contacts for the role.) “She brings in makeup for me,” makeup artist Eryn Krueger Mekash, who’s using mostly Chanel, Dior and M.A.C products, tells PEOPLE. Adds the movie’s hair stylist, Beatrice De Alba, “She looks so much like her. There was a moment when she saw her picture on the monitor and said ‘I’m her.’ It was thrilling.”
See, the promo photos look great … but the candid paparazzi shots that have been taken on the set of the film don’t look quite as good. In the end, post production will do much to make Lindsay look as much like Elizabeth Taylor as possible — but that is only half the battle. The other half, the more important half, will depend on Lindsay’s ability to act like Elizabeth Taylor. Now that we know she can get the look down, we don’t really have to worry so much on that front. In the coming months, when the first video footage from the film is released, we’ll get a better idea of Lindsay’s ability to portray Liz Taylor successfully. At this point, we’ll just have to wait … but in terms of how she looks, what do y’all think? Are you impressed yet?