Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler star in 'Liz &' Dick' - watch clips (Videos)
Several sneak peek clips of "Liz & Dick," the Lifetime Television film starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as her lover Richard Burton, have been released and show the 26-year-old actress wearing some stunning diamonds - some of which belonged to the late Hollywood icon.
"Liz & Dick" premieres on Lifetime Television on November 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Lohan is hoping to make an acting comeback after years of legal woes and several jails stints.
"Elizabeth Taylor as we all know had a love for jewelry -- as do I," Lohan said about the late Hollywood icon in an interview released by Lifetime. "I love diamonds and she appreciated them and it made her happy and they make girls happy. I don't know that I would need a 69-carat ring, but it's fun to wear it in the film."
"I do know her nurse, actually, and she was nice enough -- she gave me one of her furs, one of Elizabeth Taylor's furs, and she has a bunch of her jewelry which I actually ... wear in the movie, which is a really fantastic thing to be able to do," Lohan said.
Bowler has praised his co-star, calling her a perfectionist" and adding that she is "pretty much Elizabeth Taylor, I think, reincarnated."
"There's definitely similarities in her energy and how close she looks is quite remarkable at times and they've done an amazing job with everybody in terms of hair and makeup and the wigs and the looks and the jewelry of course, which is enormous in this and she seems to have a similar love of diamonds," he said in a Lifetime Television interview, drawing a chuckle from an unseen person.
In April 2011, Lohan was sentenced to three extra years of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor theft in a casr involving a $2,5000 necklace that was reported missing from a store she had visited. A judge had ruled that the charge in itself constituted a violation of her existing probation that stemmed from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case.
In March, a judge ruled that Lohan has fulfilled all her probation requirements. The actress has served six stints in jail, which have lasted less than two weeks in total, as well as 35 days under house arrest, and has also spent time in rehab to treat drug and alcohol addictions.
Lohan has repeatedly said she is a big fan of Taylor and can relate to her, especially when it comes to living in the public eye. The two even underwent rehab at the same clinic - the Betty Ford Center in California. Taylor, known also for her philanthropy and extensive fine jewelry collection, died at age 79 in 2011 from congestive heart failure.
"I didn't actually meet Elizabeth Taylor in person but she did send me a ring of hers when she was with us and we had the same makeup artist on and off for a bit, so he brought it to me with a note from her collection -- The House of Taylor -- so I have that and I wear that in the film as well," Lohan said.
In one scene from "Liz & Dick," Bowler-as-Burton introduces Lohan-as-Lohan to Ernest Lehman, screenwriter of the 1966 film "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf," who is played by David Eigenberg,who portrayed Steve on "Sex and the City." Another shows the two lovers talking to an assistant about booking hotel rooms and "living in sin," while lounging on a bed.
A third scene shows a group of protesters and photographers demonstrating against the couple's "sinning" behavior as the two discuss her getting a divorce from her current husband.
Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands, twice to Burton. The two met in Italy on the set of the 1963 film "Cleopatra." At the time, Burton had been married to first wife Sybil Williams since 1949 and Taylor had been married to third husband Eddie Fisher since 1959. The couple divorced their spouses and married for the first time in 1964.
They divorced three months after their wedding, then remarried three months later before ending their marriage a second time after another 10 months. Burton went on to marry two more women before he died at age 58 in 1984. He was survived by fourth wife Sally Hay.
"I think Liz & Duck is about just the tragic love story and how they had to go through life living in the public eye and how that can kind of tear people apart and just you know being in the industry and having all the other people kind of chime in at different points in lives and their struggle to keep their marriage alive," Lohan said.
"The film begins at the beginning of the relationship and ends with his death," Bowler added. "And they were married twice and their relationship had a lot of ups and downs and apparently, it's reported that all the way till his death, she kept his personal belongings and his last letter to her on a bedside table. So they were kind of connected all the way through their lives."
A fourth scene sees Bowler-as Burton and Lohan-as-Taylor filming the movie "Cleopatra," which sees them engage in a passionate kiss on a bed.
"I think that Elizabeth Talyor and Richard Burton were drawn to each over the years because it was a true love," Lohan said in an interview provided by Lifetime Television. "No matter what happened, they always came back to each other and I think that there's something to say about that and really loving someone."
"And I think they were so used to the comfortable chaos that they had together -- the fighting and then the making love and all of the things -- it kind of balanced back and forth and I think they have a lot of similarities too," she said, adding: "And they were friends."