Writer surprised by ‘loudness of the dislike’ for Paul Schrader film, which features porn star James Deen and Lindsay LohanBret Easton Ellis has told The Hollywood Reporter he was left “confused” by the level of hatred unleashed by critics of The Canyons, the Lindsay Lohan-starring “modern day film noir” he wrote for director Paul Schrader.Schrader’s film, which also features porn star James Deen in a leading role, was turned down by both Sundance and SXSW film festivals and widely rubbished by reviewers upon its eventual low-key release in one New York cinema and via on-demand. It currently maintains a paltry 23% rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Ellis, writer of the novels American Psycho and Less Than Zero, said he was surprised by the “the loudness of the dislike” for the film, but did not regret its controversial castings.”We had seen hundreds of actresses for the part of Tara,” he said. “And then when Lindsay came into it late in the game, she was just better than anyone else.”Ellis said he was disappointed at the nature of some of the attacks on Lohan. He said: “I could take people putting down my work and saying they don’t like …read more

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