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Eva Green Triumphs in Court Battle for $1M Film Fee Called Producer a Moron and Evil
Author: Lisa Bennett / 2023-04-28 16:10:20Acclaimed actress Eva Green has won a High Court case in London over a $1 million fee she was owed for a sci-fi film that was never made. The star of Casino Royale sued White Lantern Films, saying she was owed the sum after the film, A Patriot, collapsed amid a bitter dispute with producers.
During a trial in January, text messages were revealed in which Ms Green called one producer a «moron» and another «evil». White Lantern claimed that her «unreasonable demands» derailed the film, but Mr Justice Green ruled that the 42-year-old actress was entitled to her fee, and dismissed White Lantern's counterclaim.
In his judgement, the judge described Ms Green as «in some senses a frustrating and unsatisfactory witness». He noted that she was «surprisingly under-prepared for her evidence», and that some of her explanations for the language she used and the feelings she expressed were not credible or adequate.
However, he also said that allowances needed to be made for the heightened emotions that were present when some of the messages were written and for the fact that these were assumed to be personal correspondence between friends that would never have been imagined to be seen by anyone else and certainly not analysed to the extent they were.
Ms Green is a well-known actress, having appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Penny Dreadful, Dark Shadows, and Kingdom of Heaven. She has received critical acclaim for her performances and has been nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe. This court victory is a significant win for her and sets a precedent for the film industry in terms of contractual obligations and fees owed to actors.
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