A lawyer for Eva Green on Thursday accused producers of a collapsed film of attempting to wreck the performer’s status by depicting her as a “diva.”
The French actress, who performed Vesper Lynd in James Bond thriller “Casino Royale,” is suing producers for a $1 million payment she says she is owed for “A Patriot.”
Green, 42, was lined as much as star in the sci-fi thriller alongside Charles Dance and Helen Hunt, and was additionally an govt producer on the venture, which collapsed in late 2019.
Production firm White Lantern Film is combating the declare and is countersuing, saying Green made “unreasonable calls for” and undermined the manufacturing. Hearings in the case opened Thursday on the High Court in London.
Green’s lawyer, Edmund Cullen, mentioned the film had been a “ardour venture” for Green and he or she had “bent over backwards to get this carried out.”
He mentioned Green “cherished the script and needed the film to be made,” however “the monetary plan was by no means going to work.”
“This case is designed to color my shopper as a diva to win headlines and injury her status,” the lawyer mentioned.
Lawyers for the manufacturing firm argue in written submissions that Green had expressed “a insecurity and dissatisfaction” in a number of the manufacturing crew and had grown more and more reluctant to be concerned in the venture.
White Lantern’s proof consists of expletive-filled textual content messages in which Green referred to as one of many film’s govt producers, Jake Seal, “evil” a “devious sociopath” and a “mad man,” and branded manufacturing supervisor Terry Bird a “moron.”
Green’s lawyer, Cullen, mentioned the textual content message needed to be seen “in context” as “an off-the-cuff venting of a stream of consciousness” throughout a tense stage of the film’s manufacturing.
He accused the manufacturing firm of in search of “to put each failure of the manufacturing at Ms. Green’s door.”
“It appears to be designed to blacken the identify of an actor who has not breached a contract or missed a day’s capturing in a profession spanning 20 years,” he mentioned in written arguments.
Green is anticipated to testify later through the eight-day listening to.