French actress Eva Green is suing in the UK for her fee despite the cancellation of a film, her lawyer believing on Thursday January 26 that the production company is trying to pass her off as a “diva“. Star since her role as Vesper, one of the best James Bond girls, in Casino Royale in 2006, she was to play in To Patriot, a sci-fi film before production capitulated in October 2019.
Eva Green is suing the production company, White Lantern Films, to claim her one million dollar (918,000 euros) fee for the film, despite its cancellation. But the British production company decided to counterattack by launching its own lawsuits against the actress, considering that she had made “unreasonable demands“and harmed the production of the film. The trial which opened on Thursday should last eight days and the actress is expected on Monday January 30 at the helm.
Her attorney, Edmund Cullen, told the judges that Eva Green “bent over backwards“for the project to happen because it dealt with a”issue of great concern to her, namely the climate catastrophe“. But the lawyers of White Lantern Films conversely believe that the French actress expressed “lack of confidence and dissatisfaction” with regard to members of the production team. She was “increasingly reluctant to get involved“, in violation of the contract.
Eva Green had “a vitriolic aversion to making the movie that White Lantern could and was going to make“, declared for the production the lawyer Max Mallin. There was according to him a “ssplit between Eva Green’s expectations and the film she wanted to make and what the budget allowed“. The production councils justify their accusations by relying on WhatsApp messages in which Eva Green allegedly referred to a member of the team as “diabolical“, of “sneaky sociopath“, of “liar and crazyShe also reportedly called production manager Terry Bird a “dumbass” and of “asshole finished“.
Messages that must be read in the context of negotiations for the purchase of the rights to the script to make a different film, assured his lawyer. “This case is designed to portray my client as a diva in order to make headlines and damage her reputation.“, argued Edmund Cullen, calling “extraordinary“the charges against Eva Green.”She repeatedly agreed to postpone the start of the shoots. She agreed to have the production moved from Ireland to the UK. She has repeatedly offered to use part of her fees to fund production costs.“, he listed in his written observations. For him, White Lantern Films wants “blacken name of actress who hasn’t breached a contract or missed a day on set in a 20-year career“.