'Just My Luck' Star Lohan Kisses and Tells
Actress gets physical with her latest roleLOS ANGELES --
In the film, she plays Ashley Albright, literally the luckiest girl in the world, whose good fortune reverses when she kisses a mysterious stranger (Chris Pine) at a masquerade party. When she finally figures out what happened, she goes on a multicandidate manhunt to track down her luck-stealer. Even though Lohan handpicked the actors for this kiss fest, executing a drive-by kissing in New York isn't always the easiest task.
"It was uncomfortable because we were shooting in Central Park, and there were all these people lined up," she recalls. "I'm standing there jogging next to this guy, and all of a sudden you see me sort of attack the guy and kiss the him." Eventually, she ended up going whole hog with the liplock for the "realism of the scene."
Co-stars Bree Turner and Samaire Armstrong, who play Ashley's best friends Dana and Maggie, were also Lohan's partners in crime off the set. When they weren't writing songs for their garage band, buying out UrbanOutfitters.com, or decorating their trailers, they went on mini road trips by hiring a limo and pretending to be the Spice Girls. Lohan adds, "I was Ginger Spice."
Lohan accomplished one bit of mischief on her own though, with director Donald Petrie as her victim.
"I'll tell you one thing that scared the poop out of me. Lindsay is walking along with me on the street and turns a corner and walks smack dab into a glass wall," says Petrie. "I thought, 'Oh my God, a broken nose,' and she's laughing at me. She did it supposedly on purpose."
While Lohan's prank inspired Petrie to put a similar scene into the movie, her character Ashley's newfound bad luck is the catalyst for a string of other physical mishaps that tested the actress' slapstick skills. She also ran the risk of injury when performing these scenes, whether it was falling into a mud sculpture face-first, getting punched in the face or barely ducking in time to avoid an rogue floor waxer.
"I think slapstick comedy can seem more effective [than verbal humor] just because it's a visual of someone hurting himself," she says. "At first it's always nerve-wracking, and then once you get comfortable with it, you realize, 'I want to make it as funny as I possibly can.' This is the first time that I really did a lot of physical comedy, and I really enjoyed it."
Even though Lohan sprained her ankle during the film's production, she generally considers herself a fortunate girl, although she's not about to tempt fate about certain superstitions.
"No hats on the bed or hats on the table," she says. "I am psychotic when it comes to hats on the bed. For some reason, everyone puts a hat on my bed. I need to keep a sign up in my room."
"Just My Luck" takes its chances in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 12.