Rosie O’Donnell Slams Casting Of Lindsay Lohan As Liz Taylor

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Apr. 24 2012, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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It’s a battle of the Mean Girls.

The former ‘Queen of Nice’ Rosie O'Donnell is slamming the casting of Lindsay Lohan as iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic for Lifetime Television.

During a new roundtable panel segment on Tuesday’s Today show featuring O’Donnell, TV pundit Donny Deutsch and Star Jones, host Matt Lauer brought up the topic of Lohan playing the late Oscar winning actress in the upcoming television movie Liz and Dick, a movie based on Taylor’s legendary romance with Richard Burton.

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"I feel very sorry for her," said O'Donnell.  "I think she needs a lot of time away. ... She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not in rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."

Jones echoed Rosie’s sentiment, saying Lohan was very talented but she hadn't seen enough of her work as an actress to pass judgment, prompting Deutsch to add, "She's our generation's Elizabeth Taylor!"

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Deutsch’s ringing endorsement of LiLo’s acting abilities set off the outspoken former talk show host.

"You're out of your mind! You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good she was sixteen," O’Donnell snapped.

Deutsch didn’t back down, prompting O’Donnell to add: "I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."

Production on Liz & Dick is set to begin in early June in Los Angeles. As previously reported, filming was expected to take place in Canada, but due to Lindsay’s ongoing legal woes, production will be done in Southern California.



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