Hatred For ‘The Canyons’ Confuses Bret Easton Ellis
Bret Easton Ellis — as you probably know if you’ve read any of our articles about him — is not a stranger to controversy. It could even be said he courts it. But maybe not all the time. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ellis admitted to being “confused by the loudness of the dislike” for The Canyons, a movie he wrote for director Paul Schrader (who wrote Taxi Driver and is a credible director in his own right) which stars Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen.
He added: "I think that the hatred for the movie is disproportionate to the movie itself. And I don't know if Lindsay brings something to that. I don't know if casting James did something, or if I'm such a polarizing figure."
Apparently inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie has been widely panned and turned down by both the SXSW and Sundance film festivals over “quality issues”. There are also rumors that Lohan’s behavior while filming continued to be erratic. It sounds like a strange project, even down to how it was funded.
It was partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign, through which they ultimately raised about $200,000. The suckers, err, contributors who gave $5,000 got the chance to have Bret Easton Ellis review their novel.
You can read the first of these reviews now, for Pablo D’Stair's novel Regard.
I’m not sure I’ll go out of my way to see this one, but I’m always intrigued when something like this happens. Is it really that bad? Maybe, maybe not. Will you be looking for it?
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