Why Hollywood won't cast Lindsay Lohan anymore

A little more than a decade ago, Lindsay Lohan was the biggest star in her generation: She acted, she danced, she sang, and she was the hottest party girl on the planet. Unfortunately, all that partying has caught up to her — and her "play hard, then work not-so-hard" attitude made her box office poison.

Lohan didn't work at all in 2016 and only has one credit to her name for 2014 (a guest appearance on 2 Broke Girls) and one in 2015 for the short Till Human Voices Wake Us (2015).

Here's exactly what happened to make Lilo go from red-hot Hollywood redhead to unemployed Oprah Winfrey charity project.

She was late to set in her prime ...

In July 2006, Morgan Creek Productions CEO James G. Robinson sent Lohan a letter threatening legal action due to her lack of professionalism on the set of Georgia Rule (2007).

Robinson wrote (via People), "Since the commencement of principal photography of Georgia Rule, you have frequently failed to arrive on time to the set. Today, you did not show for work (all day). I am now told you don't plan to work tomorrow because you are 'not feeling well.' You and your representatives have told us that your various late arrivals and absences from the set have been the result of illness; today we were told it was 'heat exhaustion.' We are well aware that your ongoing all night heavy partying is the real reason for your so called 'exhaustion.' We refuse to accept bogus excuses for your behavior.

"If you do not honor your production commitments, including your scheduled call time for tomorrow, and any call times thereafter, we will hold you personally accountable," the letter continued. "This means that in addition to pursuing full monetary damages, we will take such other action as we deem necessary to preserve the integrity of the Georgia Rule Production as well as Morgan Creek's financial interests. I urge you to take this letter seriously and conduct yourself professionally."

At one point, things got so bad that even her co-star, two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, stormed Lohan's makeup trailer to tell her off.

... and again when she attempted a comeback

Lilo didn't learn her lesson (or maybe just never figured out how to tell time). An on-set source told E! News that Lohan was awful on the Glee set in 2012. "Lindsay was a total nightmare. She was three hours late in the morning, and when she did finally arrive, she just didn't want to be there. She did not want to work. She had not memorized her lines, and she kept disappearing so no one could find her … she has rubbed [the staffers] all the wrong way by being so disrespectful of everyone else's schedule."

Even Charlie Sheen pointed out Lohan's tardiness. He told Jay Leno (via The Hollywood Reporter) that during Lohan's stint on Anger Management in 2013, "Day one, she was fabulous. She was on time; she knew her lines, hit every mark, made us look off our game … Then we had to deal with day two. It was as though she had us held hostage because she gave us half a show. She was really not feeling well [on day two]. We worked around it. She was late, what can I say? But she got to the shoot prepared with an excuse."

She told Oprah Winfrey during her OWN docuseries Lindsay, "[I have this reputation] because I was so distracted in the past. I wasn't on point with that, with being on time, with appreciating my own time. I've been given a lot of chances."

She's high-risk for being a no-show

Sometimes being late is the best Lohan seems to be able to do, because sometimes she just doesn't show up to sets at all.

On the set of The Canyons (2013), filmmaker Paul Schrader told The New York Times, "Lindsay said she couldn't make it today, and I told her that was fine, but I have an actress in Paris waiting by the phone. She's on her way." Schrader also confirmed that she had several no-shows throughout the filming of the indie flick.

In October 2014, the New York Daily News reported that she tweeted that she was "too ill to perform" in a London stage production of Speed The Plow, but appeared fine on Instagram — and eventually showed up.

In November 2016, she was a no-show for a Christmas tree lighting in the U.K.

She has sticky fingers

People may be hesitant to have Lohan because she allegedly may pilfer property that doesn't belong to her. In May 2008, Lohan was accused of stealing a fur coat from another girl at a party. That same week, a model claimed Lohan stole thousands of dollars worth of clothing from her closet, allegedly handing them to her bodyguard in a bag. Lohan denied the allegations.

In 2009, Lohan reportedly visited jewelry designer Arielle de Pinto's showroom, where she "borrowed" several pieces for a photo shoot. The label took an imprint of her credit card just in case. The pieces were never returned, and the credit card was cancelled before they could put any charges on it. In 2010, she was accused of stealing a $35,000 Rolex watch from a friend, which she denied, despite wearing the same one after it had gone missing.

In 2011, Lohan served time after pleading no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace. In August 2012, she was a person of interest in a $100,000 theft of jewelry and Rolex watches, but the case was thrown out for lack of evidence; Lohan swore she'd been framed. In 2013, TMZ reported that Lohan stole various jewelry and clothing from the wardrobe department at Anger Management — then told people that the items' value would be deducted from her paycheck, a deal that sources denied ever happened. In June 2017, Lohan's ex, Egor Tarabasov, accused her of stealing nearly $30,000 worth of his personal property.

She doesn't follow directions

When filming The Canyons (2013), Lohan's directors asked her to keep a fresh face with minimal makeup. Instead, Lohan showed up wearing a full face of cosmetics with a "Kabuki quality to it," The New York Times reported, with one film staffer commenting, "Her makeup looks like it's from a different movie."

She can't remember her lines

Lohan can't seem to recollect any of her lines during live performances. The New York Daily News reported that in her 2014 preview performances of Speed The Plow in London, someone backstage fed her her lines. She hadn't improved by her live debut, when reports claimed she needed to be fed five lines. When she appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2012, MTV News reports that she was visibly reading from cue cards.

She's had a string of bombs ...

To date, Lindsay Lohan's highest grossing film is Freaky Friday (2003), though her breakout role is considered Mean Girls (2004). However, beyond those and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), few of Lohan's subsequent star-vehicle films made their money back: Bobby (2006) was a box office loss. Just My Luck (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), Georgia Rule (2007), and I Know Who Killed Me (2007) were all critical flops and box office bombs. One of her only well-reviewed and profitable films was A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and studios may have credited its success to co-stars like Meryl Streep and Woody Harrelson. If producers don't think Lohan can open a movie — and the numbers back that theory up — she's going to be relegated, at best, to supporting roles and cameos like in Machete (2010) and Scary Movie 5 (2013) or to television guest roles, like her stints on 2 Broke Girls, Anger Management, and Ugly Betty.

... and a string of drug- and alcohol-related offenses

Lohan's rap sheet is almost as long as her resume. In May 2007, she was charged with driving under the influence. In July 2007, she was busted on suspicion of DUI, driving with a suspended license, and cocaine possession; she later spends 84 minutes in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine use. Lohan was placed on probation for three years stemming from the July 2007 arrest. In October 2009, Lohan's probation was extended an extra year to allow her more time to complete an alcohol education program.

In May 2010, Lohan's probation was revoked after she skipped a court date in favor of the Cannes Film Festival; she paid $100,000 to stay free. Days later, she was fitted with an alcohol-monitoring SCRAM ankle bracelet and ordered to submit to random drug testing. A month later, the bracelet was triggered at an MTV Movie Awards afterparty and Lohan was charged with violating her probation and sentenced to 90 days in jail. She served two weeks in prison due to overcrowding. In September 2010, Lohan's probation was revoked when cocaine was found in her system. She was sentenced to jail and days later was carted off to rehab.

Her criminal history extends beyond substance abuse

If you thought Lohan's rap sheet ended with drug and alcohol offenses, you'd be wrong.

In February 2011, Lohan was arrested for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store. That April, she was sentenced to 120 days in county jail followed by 480 hours of community service. Once more, due to overcrowding, Lohan was released after a month and ordered to serve out the rest of her jail sentence under house arrest. In October 2011, her probation was revoked after she failed to perform her required community service.

In March 2012, Lohan was accused of side-swiping a car outside of a Hollywood nightclub then fleeing the scene, but prosecutors didn't press charges due to lack of evidence — and almost the same exact scenario played out six months later in September 2012 with an identical outcome. In November 2012, Lohan was arrested for allegedly punching a woman in a New York nightclub. Hours after the assault arrest, Lohan was charged with three separate crimes (giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting an officer in the performance of his duty, and reckless driving) stemming from a June 2012 car accident in California, in which she allegedly lied to police and said her assistant was driving her rental car at the time.

Publicists don't want to work with her

A source told Page Six that Lohan's longtime publicist Hunter Frederick dumped her after they had a screaming match about a news story. "You never know what Lindsay you're going to get. One second she's in a great mood and wanting to get things back together, and the next you can't say anything to make her happy. She's going to have a really hard time finding a new publicist not only because she's radioactive and no one wants to represent her, but the monthly retainer alone would render her bankrupt." However, her next manager, Scott Carlsen, denied it, telling the tabloid, "Hunter was never working with Lindsay Lohan there was no financial or contractual relationship and this whole story is incorrect. He is shamelessly trying to get publicity for himself while throwing a so-called 'client' under the bus. Obviously not much of a PR agent."

She's hard to insure

Because of Lohan's past struggles with addiction and the law, entertainment insurance broker Konrad Dowling told The New York Times, "Lindsay is hard to insure, but not impossible." That may be the biggest factor in her lack of work lately.

A Los Angeles talent agency owner who requested to remain anonymous explained to ABC News, "Say you're going to make a $5 million movie, and you're hiring Lindsay Lohan as the lead. Right away, you have insurance should she fall, break a leg or get injured. But to know that she has this history — what insurance company is going to want to hop onboard? What if she doesn't come to work for three days, and you have to pay $300,000 to keep the set going?"

Film insurance broker Brian Kingman noted, "Generally speaking, for actors with insurability problems … what we'll do is structure a program where there's a very big carrot for doing the right thing. The actor's got to defer their salary; they'll only get paid if they complete, so that's their incentive. Of course some of them get paid a lot already, so that that doesn't really matter … Filmmakers put up millions and millions of dollars on a movie, studios put up hundreds of millions of dollars, and it requires everybody's professionalism," Kingman said. "When somebody isn't professional, that gives insurers concerns. Whether it's health or lifestyle issues, those need to be addressed."

How she can turn it around

"People do want to hire her, [but] … everything's a crisis," The Canyons (2013) director Paul Schrader told People. "And when it isn't a crisis, she finds a way to make it one. A lot of it's up to her. If she can create a reputation of reliability, and that's her number one problem, she will have a career because people do like her."

In March 2017, Lohan told Fox News, "I am more ready than ever to get back into movies and TV. It is a true passion of mine and has been since I was a child. It is not about the limelight though, it's about doing what you love … I decided to make some big changes in my life and getting back on track with work was one of them. I changed my outlook on life — the people I was hanging out with — my management — everything combined has had such a positive outcome!"

Sources corroborated Lohan's good news to Page Six. "She changed her phone number and email addresses. She even changed her phone number and email address again … to weed out any temptation from old friends … She's taken time off, really focused on her healthy lifestyle and is ready to get back to work … There's still interest in the studios to work with her. She still stays up late, but nowadays she's at home in London reading scripts rather than going out."

What's next for Lilo

Variety reports that Lohan was recently cast in season 2 of Rupert Grint's series Sick Note, which is set to air in 2018. If she is successful in that venture, others will likely open up, because if there's anything Hollywood loves, it's a great comeback kid.