Lindsay Lohan’s New Indie Film ‘The Canyons’: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Lindsay Lohan’s “career” is about to get hotter with the new indie movie The Canyons. Playing the role of a sweet yet sinful ex-model and who crosses paths with a bad boy that leads her further down the wrong path.

The movie’s starting to generate some buzz, not only because it will be Lindsay’s first big screen release since 2010’s Machete, but because of the intermingling of two worlds – mainstream film industry and porn. That’s right, folks, Lilo is just one step removed from full on XXX. Check out the top 10 facts you need to know about The Canyons.

1. Lindsay’s Co-star is Porn Star James Deen

James first entered the adult industry in 2004, but had been interested in making sex his career since kindergarten! The casting of Lindsay Lohan and James Deen brings forth curiosity which has been buzzing since production started earlier this year. The trailer gives off a 70’s style vibe fits right in with the real life seediness of the movie’s background.

2. Oh, and He Has 4,000 Adult Films Under His Belt

"The Canyon" film Stars Lindsay and James Deen

James Deen got first big break in the porn industry in Art School Sluts V. Other infamous credits include Nerdy Girls, Gangbanged 4, There’s something about Sasha Grey, My Little Black Book, Party Girls, Sex Appeals, Cheerleaders Like It Big, and The Divorcee. What can we say, the guy’s a busy worker.

3. Deen was recruited through Twitter from Easton Bret Ellis

Lindsay Lohan starring in "The Canyon" with Porn Star James Deen

It was Deens 79,000 strong Twitter account that first caught the attention of author Bret Easton Ellis.

My name is james i am a simple guy who likes to eat sleep and watch tv… oh ya i also bang chicks for a living :-)”

4.The Films is About The Dangers of Sexual Obsession

It’s about an ambitions among group of young people in their 20’s in LA, and through a one chance meeting their past unravels. It’s not exactly rocket science why Lindsay was such a prime choice for the movie.

5. This is a Micro Budget Film

Lindsay Lohan starring in "The Canyon"

Written by author Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho") and directed by Paul Schrader the film was shot for jus $150,000. Considering that its got an actress that was at one time an A-lister, that's almost unheard of.

6.The Film’s Largely Funded Through The Site Kickstarter


While the film doesn’t yet have a distributor and was shot on a micro budget, that money for the movie came from the ever popular website Kickstarter. Originally a goal of $100 grand was set, but the loyal Lilo fans game through and generated an extra 60K.

7.Lindsay’s Cameo Led to a Lead Role

Lohan starring in "The Canyons"

Lindsay was brought in for a cameo, but after reading the script decided she'd rather have the lead role. Knowing what a buzz generating celeb Lindsay still is, (why we're not really sure) it was probably a smart move on Schrader's part to give it to her.

8.The Film Comes Out in 2013

In a statement from TMZ James Deen tells us about the super talented Lindsay

Working with her was awesome. She’s super professional. Super great. She’s a fantastic actress. I feel like I learned a lot from her. Like, in the scenes that we did together, those were my stronger scenes. Working with a really good actress

9.Lindsay Requested That the Camera Crew Strip for the Sex Scene

The Canyons starring Lindsay Lohan and Porn Star James Deen

Lindsay was hesitant to strip for the sex scene unless the film crew stripped to.

"it's a common thing for a crew to do to make actors feel less self-conscious," according to ABC News

10.”The Canyons” Producer Braxton Pope Said Lindsay was Perfect for The Role

braxton pope

In an interview with MTV News Producer Braxton Pope explains why Lindsay is the perfect bad girl for this role

“What’s kind of lost in a lot of the Lindsay discussions is the fact that Lindsay is a very talented actress,” he said. “She’s very charismatic and she has a lot of acting skills. So her lifestyle and some of the things that she’s gone through have tended to kind of overwhelm the fact, but Lindsay has kind of real talent. So for this part, we felt that she was really the right actor for a host of different reasons.”


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