Lindsay Lohan replicates iconic love boat photo of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton affair as filming begins on biopic
02:34 GMT, 5 June 2012
Lindsay Lohan was embroiled in a scandalous scene today – but for once it was not one of the actress's own making.
Instead Lindsay – on location for the first day filming the biopic Liz & Dick – appeared to be recreating the famous paparazzi snap of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton caught in the throes of passion while both were still married.
Lindsay – clad in a leopard print swimsuit – was joined by her co-star Grant Bowler, who plays her on-screen lover and husband Burton.
Familiar scene: Lindsay Lohan slipped into a swimsuit for her first day
on set of Liz & Dick in Los Angeles today, seen with True Blood's
Grant Bowler, who plays Richard Burton
The real deal: Liz and Richard seen in an iconic photograph from June 1962 when they were snapped by paparazzi on a boat off the coast of Ischia in the Bay of Naples
Of course the Liz and Dick affair was quite the Hollywood scandal.
The pair began a romance while filming
Cleopatra in 1962 – Liz was still married to Eddie Fisher at the time
while Burton was wed to Sybil Williams.
In what appeared to be an echo of a
snap taken of Liz and Richards leaning in for a kiss aboard a yacht in
the Bay of Naples, Lindsay was seen getting cosy with her co-star as
they filmed scenes together.
Getting into position: The pair also shot against a white screen as well as on a yacht
Double take: The star borrowed the screen icon's look from 1955
Ready for her close-up: The star prowled around while crew got to work
Lights, camera, action: Lindsay surrounded by the film crew on the boat
Lohan was quite the bathing beauty as she slipped into leopard-print swimsuit.
The actress, 25, paraded around in
the striking number, similar to one worn by Elizabeth Taylor in 1955,
while shooting on a luxury yacht in Los Angeles.
She looked relaxed and at ease on her first official day on the job, peeling back a bathrobe to reveal the vintage costume.
While she has dyed her hair dark, Lindsay will don a series of wig for the role – her first leading lady part since the rather
abysmal 2009 flop Labor Pains.
Making a dash for it: The actress sprung into motion, teaming her look with jewellery and sandals
Taylor made: Lohan slipped stares into the distance in her figure-hugging swimsuit
Hollywood love story: The actress looked like a double of Taylor as she got into character
Lohan’s spokesperson Steve Honig talked up the actress's take on Taylor, telling the New York Daily News: 'I was standing there last week for publicity shots and prep when
Lindsay and Grant walked on set for the first time in full makeup and
costume, and it took everyone’s breath away.
'It was like being on set with Elizabeth Taylor and
Richard Burton. It was really a moment.'
With a week of rehearsals under her
belt, Liz & Dick's executive producer Larry Thompson
told Perez Hilton that Lindsay is 'more than ready' to start
Their last rehearsal was Friday, and
according to Thompson the actress went from 'unfocused' to being 'so
excited and into it' now that that film is actually up and running.
Relaxed: The 25-year-old, known for her wild behavior, looked at ease on set
Big reveal: The star slipped off her black robe, unveiling her costume
'Focused': Lindsay's bosses say she's fully committed to the role
'This is really happening,' he added,'This isn't like making an appearance on Glee
or spending a week on SNL. She is number one on the call sheet. She is
The biopic charts the passionate romance between the National Velvet legend and actor Richard Burton, who she married twice.
Their relationship was considered
somewhat of a scandal in the Sixties, with both parties already married
as they embarked on their affair.
Lunch break: Lindsay changed into a blue dress during a break in filming to a grab a bite to eat
Quick change: Lindsay has a lunch break and changes into one of the sixty-six costumes that have been designed for the biopic
Back to work: Lindsay seen here filming against a green screen
Keep your hat on: Lohan holds on tight to her hat to avoid losing it to the wind
Last week Lindsay was seen fully
made-up as the star but in her own clothes during a break in filming,
clutching a cigarette, she looked deep in thought.
In white shorts and a tight black jumper the star had donned Aviator sunglasses for the break.
of her role, Lindsay revealed in a statement: 'I have always admired
and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor.
Dressed to impress: Lohan's retro look was a far cry from the actress's own style
Rehearsal: Lindsay getting into character on set over the weekend
Method acting: Lindsay Lohan has even changed her Twitter picture to a snap of her dressed as Elizabeth Taylor
Legend: Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor
'She was not only an
incredible actress but an amazing woman as well.
'I am very honoured to have been asked to play this role.'
the source told TMZ that The Parent Trap child star has been granted
the 'final say on all wardrobe decisions' and she has been relishing the
opportunity to 'perfect Liz’s looks'.
The site also claims LiLo has been
'obsessing' with 'getting into the Hollywood legend's head', even
changing her Twitter picture to a snap of her dressed as the star.
Previously released pictures show the actress in wardrobe getting ready for the shoot, which started this week.
modelled in a red dress, which is said to be based on a Valentino dress
Liz once wore and a green favourite Liz was captured in with her white
fur wrap, circa 1950.
Job done: Lohan walks away from her co-star after shooting the sequence