It’s April, 2011, and the thought of Lindsay Lohan “bouncing back” into the great career she once had is hard to imagine. In fact, with all the constant media coverage -- her stints in rehab, arrests, dysfunctional family -- most Lohan defenders have abandoned hope.
But maybe Howard Stern hasn't.
On his April 4th Sirius/XM radio show, Stern conveyed an extremely touching and insightful commentary of Lohan. Talking to co-host Robin Quivers and guest George Takei, Stern recounted sitting behind Lohan at a screening of Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Source Code” this past weekend. Stern had an interesting vantage point of Lohan -- both literally and figuretively -- and as he described his observations, he seemed genuinely emotional.
Remember that as the father of three daughters, Stern's seen all of Lohan's films and has always praised her talent. It's also because of her talent that Stern's used his airwaves to express his frustration over Lohan's "throwing it all away."
But after sitting behind her and watching Lohan watch a film -- a film she could have been in, he added -- Stern expressed a unique sympathy for the actress. Here's what was said:
Howard: I was at one of the screenings for the Cinema Society of “Source Code,” and who’s sitting right in front of me but Lindsay Lohan.
Robin: I heard she was in town.
But I was looking at the back of her head, and her…shoulders and everything. And at first I thought, ‘Boy, she’s a really tiny girl,’ you know? And I thought, ‘Man, she’s like, a human being,' you know? I mean, I’m used to seeing Lindsay Lohan on the screen, or in the paparazzi pictures. But I’m looking at her, and she's just a tiny little girl. And she has these tiny little freckles all over her shoulders. And I’m sitting there noticing all this and it made me wonder what she was thinking right then? And her hair dye job was really bad – like you could see the roots all coming through and everything and I actually felt like, sorry for her.
I felt a sense of pity for her. Because she’s so fucked up right now – with this shoplifting charge, and she’s in trouble with drugs. I mean, here’s a girl who’s just floundering. And like, she’s sitting there, watching Jake Gyllenhaal be in a movie? She could have been in the movie! She had the ultimate movie career.
Robin: Right! She used to be in these movies, but now she’s just watching them.
Howard: She was in that rare “tight air.” I mean, how many people get to star in movies? I mean, it’s a tough business!
Robin: Yes! And she was one of those kids who seemed to be able to able to make a transition.
Howard: Yes, and she just fucking pissed it away, and I’m sitting there [watching her] and wondering what it must be like for her to be sitting there, watching this great movie, and watching the woman in the movie. So I just sat there, watching Lindsay Lohan just staring at that screen, and man! Lindsay Lohan. Watching these other actors. And she could have had it all. I mean, she got handed a gift from God.
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