6 actors prosecuted for having stopped films
Actors may end up in the courtroom if their decision to leave a movie is not mutually agreed upon.
Over the course of their careers, celebrities review contracts, make deals, and work with a handful of directors, producers, and agents to determine their next move. Sometimes that next move doesn’t turn out the way they hoped. The leading actors have been replaced by another leading man or woman deemed better suited for a role. In other situations, the celebrity chooses to walk away and often these decisions are amicable between everyone involved.
If there is a disagreement, celebrities can go to trial because of their actions or inaction and millions are spent to settle the dispute.
Check out these Hollywood stars who saw the inside of a courtroom, all because of decisions made on set.
6 Kim Basinger – Boxing Helena
One of the most infamous situations where an actress walks away from a movie is the case of Kim Basinger’s legal relationship with director Jennifer Lynch in Boxing Helen. Originally, Lynch asked Madonna to play the part, but when Madonna died, Basinger was offered the role.
According to Den of Geek, Basinger verbally agreed to take the lead, but when she finally pulled out, Main Line Pictures sued her, claiming they lost more than $ 6 million in sales. The judge ordered Basinger to pay nearly $ 9 million citing breach of contract and acting in bad faith. The bill at the time was over $ 3 million in Basinger’s net worth, which practically bankrupted her.
His appeal was found in Basinger’s favor and they ended up settling the case for $ 3.8 million. The film was ultimately made with Sherilyn Fenn, with little to no fanfare.
5 Whoopi Goldberg – Theodore Rex
Goldberg is not the type to compromise under normal circumstances. After a verbal agreement to participate in the film, Goldberg attempted to withdraw. Theodore Rex was the most expensive direct-to-video film ever made and Goldberg, perhaps, saw its lack of success coming.
Producer Richard Gilbert Abramson did not take a no for an answer and sued the Ghost star for $ 20 million. An out-of-court settlement allowed Goldberg to star in the film for $ 7 million, a pay rise from the original deal. She won a nomination for Worst Actress at the Raspberry Gold Awards for her less than stellar performance.
4 Evan Rachel Wood – 10 Things I Hate In Life
The follow-up project to the 1999 hit, 10 things I hate about you was to feature Wood. According to E! News, the actress went so far as to collect a retainer of $ 300,000, but then withdrew from the film. The studio then sued the star for $ 30 million, including $ 20 million in lost profits, $ 500,000 in fundraising costs, $ 6 million in lost investments and $ 5 million in damages.
Wood’s rep said the decision was not his, but rather that the producers ran out of funds for the project and called a six-month hiatus as they tried to get the project back on track. The film remains unfinished and nothing has been heard regarding a settlement.
3 John Travolta – The Double
In 1997 Travolta was to replace Anthony Hopkins in the lead role of Double. After some rewrite discrepancies with director Roman Polanski and Mandalay Entertainment, Travolta opted out of the project.
The loss of the leading actor led Mandalay Entertainment to sue Travolta. The star’s lawyer argued that he would never have signed a contract until the official script was approved by all parties, and according to What Culture, the dispute was settled out of court.
2 Bruce Willis – Three Stories About Joan
The Die hard The actor was apparently set to direct the movie starring Owen Wilson and Camilla Belle, but according to TMZ he left the set and hasn’t looked back.
Foresight Unlimited claimed the low-budget film had contracts in place and cited “personal reasons” as to why Willis walked away. They demanded $ 4 million in damages and Willis’ attorney hit back with allegations the producers had failed to secure funds to pay Willis, the cast and crew, and the crew.
1 Woody Harrelson – Benny and Joon
Do you remember Benny and Joon, with Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, right? Maybe that was the way it was meant to be, but as the story goes, it was Harrelson who had to take on the lead.
Harrelson walked away when offered a lead in Adrian Lyne Indecent Proposal (a good move for Harrelson) and MGM sued Harrelson and Paramount Pictures for the change. The case was rumored to be amicably settled for $ 500,000 and everyone’s movies went very well.
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Sources: Den of Deek, E! News, TMZ, Quelle Culture
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