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So, how was Dave Letterman's interview with Lindsay Lohan Tuesday? Train wreck or smooth ride? How was the whole shebang as opposed to a brief clip about rehab and alcoholism?
It was actually fine, for him, for her, maybe even for viewers who may have stuck around for this. She played along, he played along, there were jokes about stealing, rehab -- yes, as if rehab could be funny -- and when the jokes went too far, it was she who pulled back, saying the whole process isn't funny, and -- well -- it's time to move along.
And Dave did.
She ever briefly teared up at the end. Why? Maybe because she knew it would be over blessedly soon, this trial by Letterman fire. That was nice, too.
But in the end, it was the usual, or deja vu all over again: Lohan acknowledging the problem, indicating that it will never happen again (short here though of any declaration), and saying that she now has enough awareness in her life's journey to say the problems will never happen again -- that rehab will even be good for her.
The interview was like the third step in her 12-step program -- although a recidivist, you suspect she'll be saying the same thing to Dave (or Jimmy Fallon a year from now, when he's the new host of "Tonight"). Because: You also suspect that she desperately covets the attention, much as late night hosts (and TV blogs) covet giving it to her. But in some quiet place in her mind -- if there is such a place -- she has to realize that they wouldn't give her all this attention if she wasn't so troubled in the first place. That means interviews like this may all just be part of a vicious cycle.
But at least she laughed her way through Dave's barbs. Maybe she's on the fourth step.
Here's the full clip:
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Six months after her last national television interview, Lindsay Lohan spoke with David Letterman on Tuesday about her latest projects -- "Scary Movie V" and a cameo on Thursday's FX comedy, "Anger Management" -- as well as her next chapter, by now a familiar one: rehab.
Calling rehab a "blessing, not a curse," Lohan said: "I'm happiest when I'm working and healthiest. I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life."
In a short clip released to the press before Tuesday's "Late Show" appearance, Lohan appeared to bristle when Letterman asked about rehab -- which she's expected to enter in a New York facility in early May -- saying, "We didn't discuss this in the pre-interview." Letterman, who at one point said rehab would be "a lifesaver, a career saver," started off by asking, "Aren't you supposed to be in rehab?" and "How many times have you been in rehab?"
She glared. The audience tittered. And viewers at home probably got a sense of why Lohan had canceled on both Letterman (in 2011) and Barbara Walters (last year).
And yes, there was a touch of deja vu here as well. Lohan spoke to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" and on "Good Morning America" last fall, when she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick." Her troubles came up then, too.
CBS released only the brief clip before deadline, but someone who saw other parts of the appearance said, "Dave was very warm to her. They had a playful banter, and toward the end she even got a bit emotional and teary because Dave was being 'so sweet.'"
Lindsay Lohan, last seen in Brazil, should be arriving at the Ed Sullivan theater just about....now, and she has some explaining to do. For example, what happened a couple of years ago when she was scheduled to appear and never turned up. Ah, those were the days... But she's on a serious promotion tour currently for "Scary Movie 5" and "Anger Management," so Brazil will have to wait. Her last appearance was May 9, 2007. Here's what Dave said back in 2011 about the no-show:
Of course, David Letterman had something to say about Jay Leno, "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon, Dave's mom, Univision... We'd be terribly disappointed if he didn't. In fact, this is terrific: It's funny and shrewd at the same time, for as Dave points out so accurately, haven't they done this at NBC before? A preview:
Will Brian Williams replace David Letterman as host of "Late Show with David Letterman?" After all, the "Tonight" gig is about to be taken by Jimmy Fallon, so his (Brian's) options are suddenly limited if he wants to branch out into late night. But really, who knows? Crazier things have happened... Check out this clip as evidence.
Assuming she's not yet in jail -- a joke! a joke! Doesn't anyone have a sense of humor anymore? -- Lindsay Lohan will be on "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 9.
Mark the calendars as:
a.) "Oh great, I can hardly wait to hear what Lindsay has to say about jail, court-ordered appearances, the fluid that was in her bottle that was not vodka, and that she didn't steal anything from the set of "Anger Management" and "Scary Movie 8 or 9 or 10 or whatevernumberitis."
b.) "Do not under any circumstances turn the TV on all day. Do you hear me, Me? Under no circumstances. Lindsay is on. If I watch this, my head will explode into a million tiny stupid pieces."
Your choice! Mark it any way you want. Will this actually happen? Who knows for sure: Lindsay, as you remember, had promised to be on "Late Show" last year, only to back out...
Actress Lindsay Lohan will visit the "Late Show with David Letterman," Tuesday, April 9 on the CBS Television Network. This will be Lohan’s first interview anywhere since November 2012 and will mark her fifth visit to the "Late Show." Her last appearance on the "Late Show" was May 9, 2007. Currently, the actress is promoting her upcoming guest star role in the comedy series “Anger Management.”
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