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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor: See the first official photo

Here’s the first official photo of Lindsay Lohan in character as Elizabeth Taylor, with Grant Bowler as Richard Burton, from the set of the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick.” Let’s talk about it.
(Richard McLaren - Lifetime/AP)

(The actual) Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8.” (1960 TURNER ENTERTAINMENT)
That’s not a bad likeness, don’t you think? Of course, there are several factors to consider here: Primarily, that it was taken in a controlled environment and could have undergone editing. As Gawker’s Louis Peitzman noted, it’s also shot at an attractive angle and in black-and-white, which is great for hiding flaws and, let’s face it, makes all of us look like movie stars.

Even though “Liz & Dick” has only been shooting since Monday, there are already quite a few paparazzi photos from the set that give, perhaps, a more honest look. (You may or may not know this, but Lohan is something of a paparazzi darling.)

Here, for example, is Lindsay Lohan as Taylor in a bathing suit looking like . . . Lindsay Lohan in a bathing suit with brown hair. And here she is wearing a hat and holding a purse while standing next to Bowler. Is this how Elizabeth Taylor held her purse? Hard to say.

And there’s going to be months of this stuff to analyze! But thankfully, not too many months: “Liz & Dick” is slated for release in November.

What do you think of the photo? Does it change your position on Lohan as Taylor? Strengthen your resolve against it? Talk to us in the comments.

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Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Lindsay Lohan, Elizabeth Taylor

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