Adrien Brody, who can be seen is films such as The Village and The Pianist, is suing for $3 million to stop the release of his Italian horror film Giallo.
The actor claims that directors lied to him to keep him on set after he learned that the film was underfunded. After a week of filming, Brody also learned that the directors had failed to pay $640,000 into an escrow account. When he threatened to leave, the directors assured him that guaranteed funding had been put into place and he signed a new agreement stating he would defer his paycheck:Â ”in exchange for having the ‘absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the Picture’ until he was paid in full.”
In the lawsuit filed last Thursday in which Brody is seeking permanent injunction against the film’s release, he claims the new funding he was told of was “phony.” He also claims when he tried to exercise his rights to stop the production of the film, the producers ignored him. In addition, he’s asking for the “$640,000 he’s owed, plus $2 million more for breach of contract, breach of fair dealing, fraud, and misappropriation of his publicity rights.”
Yikes! Somebody is about to be in big trouble.