Hollywood actress Eva Green won a legal battle in a London court on Friday with film producers and financiers she sued over unpaid remuneration for a film in which she was supposed to star.
French actress Eva Green, star of the film o James Bond Casino Royale is suing White Lantern Films and SMC Specialty Finance for $1 million, which it claims was due to her for the independent film Patriot, which she was supposed to star in but was never made. Judge Michael Green stated in a written ruling that Eva Green was entitled to issue a demand for payment of this amount.
White Lantern Films filed a counterclaim against Green for breach of contract, blaming the actress for the failure of the 2019 production.
Green criticized the film crew
The 42-year-old actress appeared in a London court in January to explain that she was concerned about the production team’s actions, which she described as taking shortcuts, such as cutting stunt training from four weeks to five days.
White Lantern’s lawyers argued that Green and the executive producer of the project were making unreasonable demands regarding the film crew, location and equipment. During the trial, they quoted messages from Green in which she described a producer as a “fucking moron” who should be fired, another as “awful” and some crew members as “shitty hillbillies”.
Eva Green: justice has prevailed
The judge judged that while Green “may have said some extremely nasty things” about the producer and crew, “it was born out of a genuine sense of concern that if any film was made, it would be of very low quality.”
“I fought hard to defend this beautiful film that I loved and signed to,” Green said in a statement. “The film touched on a matter that is dear to me – Fr climate change – and warned of resource wars and mass migration that would ensue if we did not address this issue,” she explained.
“I got my way and this time justice prevailed,” added Eva Green.
Commentary from the film crew
“We are disappointed with today’s verdict and court findings. We are carefully considering our options regarding potential next legal steps, including appeals,” White Lantern Films and SMC Specialty Finance said in a statement.
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