In the clip, Lohan claims she's "looking for someone who I can spend the rest of my life with — or at least my probation with" and pokes fun at her oft-covered love life, run-ins with the law, and rather prodigious partying, laughing that she's "a workaholic, a shopaholic and, according to the state of California, an alcoholic."
The clip has been viewed more than 825,000 times in less than 24 hours, making it not only a smart career move for Lohan, but a certified Internet sensation. Again, you probably already know this. But what you don't know is how the video came to be.
"Lindsay had decided she wanted to do something, so she got in touch with Will Ferrell's agent, and the first call I got was last Wednesday night," Mike Farah, who co-produced the video for Funny or Die, told MTV News. "We were obviously super-excited to work with her, so we kicked around some ideas on Thursday, wrote the script Friday, shot the video on Saturday and then posted it — it was that quick. And Lindsay was a total pro."
Farah said Lohan was "totally game" to tackle the rumors about her life, and that there wasn't anything she shied away from. She even ad-libbed a few lines that ended up making the final cut.
"She was really willing to go there and added her own lines. The joke about 'car chases on the PCH,' the line about 'never losing her Google hits, just her underwear,' that was all her," Farah laughed. "She really thought this would be a perfect platform to take back her story, to be funny and self-deprecating. Like the saying goes: If you don't tell your own story, someone else will."
And judging from the online response, fans are loving Lohan's version of her story, making the video a win for her and Funny or Die. That means the next time a celebrity is in need of some career rehab, perhaps they'll reach out to the Web site for help, and Farah is aware of that fact.
"We could almost do one of these things a week. Anyone who's in the news and wants to take back their story could be reaching out to us," he laughed. "We're not going to force anything, but if it's the right idea, and the right person, who knows?"