Eva Green sues over scrapped film ‘A Patriot’

“If you’re in a B-movie, you’re labeled as a B-actress,” Green said in a lawsuit filing. “It could ruin my career.”

Eva Green refused to be labeled a “B-movie” actress and became a fallen “patriot” in a new lawsuit.

Green was set to star in the stalled film A Patriot and is suing film financiers White Lantern Films and SMC Specialty Finance for her $1 million salary. The producers of “A Patriot” countered Green for breach of contract, claiming she never intended to star in the film.

During the court case, the Casino Royale alumna explained that she refused to star in a potentially career-threatening “B-movie” like “A Patriot” after funding was cut after serving as both a star and an executive producer had signed. Green was set to play a government official working for a futuristic authoritarian state, she told the court (via Reuters), in the anticipated $10 million film that was “very close to my heart.”

“I don’t care about the money,” Green said. “I live to make good films. It’s my religion.”

She added: “I wanted to make the most brilliant film possible. If you appear in a B-movie, you are referred to as a B-actress. It could ruin my career.”

According to Green, “A Patriot” deteriorated when pre-production stunt training was reduced from four weeks to five days. According to Green, the change became a real safety concern on set, citing a lack of stunt training as “extremely dangerous for action films.”

“Look at what happened to Alec Baldwin in the movie ‘Rust,'” Green said. “Producers cut corners, no safety measures, and a young woman was killed.”

Green cited cinematographer Halyna Hutchins filming in 2021 on the Rust set in New Mexico. Star and executive producer Baldwin is currently facing involuntary manslaughter charges.

White Lantern’s lawyers refuted Green’s claims, revealing WhatsApp messages allegedly sent by Green calling producer Jake Seal “pure vomit” and a “fucking idiot” who should be fired and other producers as “evil”. and called “assholes”. Green is also said to have referred to proposed crew members as “fucking pawns.”

“I didn’t want to work with an underperforming crew. I wanted to work with a high quality crew who only wanted to be paid industry standard prices,” Green said of the proposed production budget cuts.

A message from A Patriot director Dan Pringle said he, Green and producer Adam Merrifield opposed budget cuts for the film. “As of now, the three of us would obviously prefer to eat tumors,” Pringle reportedly wrote (via Page Six).

Attorney Max Mallin KC, representing White Lantern, argued that Green “conspired” with director Pringle and fellow producer Merrifield to sabotage the film so they could buy back the script without either White Lantern or SMC Specialty Finance, per Variety.

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https://www.indiewire.com/2023/01/eva-green-suing-scrapped-movie-patriot-1234805224/ Eva Green sues over scrapped film ‘A Patriot’

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