Hollywood unions investigating working conditions on ‘Liz & Dick’ after Lindsay Lohan, staffers complain of exhaustion

By Daniel S Levine,

Two Hollywood unions are investigating the working conditions on the set of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick made-for-TV movie that stars Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. The news comes after Lohan and two staffers were exhausted by long hours.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that they are looking into working conditions on the set, especially since Lohan’s light-hearted tweet sent out after her incident made it sound as if she was being overworked.

“Note to self.. After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & 7 paramedics MIGHT show up @ your door," she wrote.

“We're looking into this matter but can't yet provide any verified information,” the union confirmed. A spokeswoman added, “Our people are on it.”

Lohan’s incident took place on Friday, when paramedics were called to her hotel room because someone feared she might be unconscious. It turned out that she was only taking a long nap after working “a grueling schedule the past few days,” according to her publicist.

IATSE, which represents crew members, told The Associated Press that it is also investigating the set. Over the weekend, there were reports that two crew members went to a hospital, complaining of “severe dehydration and exhaustion.”

Liz & Dick producer Larry A. Thompson says that no violations have been discovered on the set. In a statement to the AP, he said a SAG-AFTRA representative “was totally fine with everything.” He added that the rep said that the investigation was not prompted by a complaint, but by “tweets and comments in the media.”

Deadline reports that the production still has a week to go before filming is completed and that Lifetime executives are actually liking Lohan’s performance so far, despite all the problems she is reportedly having on the set.



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