The casting of movies cannot be easy by any standards. The casting of movies often needs actors and actresses to sign up for roles, however, the roles often get chopped and changed. And because of the changing scenario, it may cause disputes between the producers and actors and lead to courtrooms. Here are some instances when actors got sued because of a breach of contract and hence got dragged to courts to resolve matters.
What if your star drops out and has to be replaced? Well, if the star does not want to be part of a film, then they can excuse out of the film, can they?
Theodore Rex, 1996, film was one of the most expensive movies to go from straight to video format.
Goldberg did not want to be part of the film unless she had a lawsuit threatening her with serious consequences.
Goldberg was initially a part of the film but thought better of it and was considering the idea of backing out of the project. Producer Richard Gilbert Abramson sued her with a $20 million lawsuit which Goldberg never wated to contest. The respective parties reached for a settlement which turned out to be $7 million for Goldberg, and up the amount from her original deal.
Marlon Brando, the handsome and charismatic actor was all said to be part of a film, The Egyptian. He was supposed to play the role that was finally taken up by Edmund Purdom in the 1954 movie. Brando however only got through a rehearsal.
Henceforward, Brando had other ideas, and his psychiatrist conveyed to the producer, 20th Century Fox that he was too sick to appear in the film. Fox sued Brando for sabotaging the deal.
Fox won, as studios called the shots in that era. Brando had to cough up $75,000 for the delay that led to the loss of the producers of The Egyptian. We are guessing that he paid the amount as he was also supposed to be part of another Fox film, Desiree.
Blue, the little-heard film of 1968 production saw Terence Stamp played the titular role that Robert Redford was supposed to play initially.
Redford, however, dropped out of the movie before the films began shooting and Paramount Pictures duly sued. Redford was dragged to the courts who went on to breach his contract. This was the reason why he did not want to be part of Paramount’s next film, Rosemary’s Baby.
However, things went to become hunky-dory for him and the studio, after winning the Best Picture Oscar when he went on to sign on the dotted line for the film Ordinary People in 1980.
Mario Lanza was supposed to play the role of Prince Karl in the 1954 film The Student Prince. However, just when things went on to reach the final stage he quit the film. The studio, MGM not to take things lying down sued him for $5 million.
Yet Lanza did not ever have to pay up. Instead, they reached a settlement where Lanza would lend his voice for the character of Prince Karl. The actor, replacing him Edmund Purdom had to settle for Lanza’s voice dubbing for him. The film did not reach the completion stage, so we don’t know what came off the deal.
Way back in 1997, John Travolta was in his prime and was the king of the box office. It was at that time that he was roped to do a film called The Double, with director Roman Polanski, directing him.
Travolta replaced Anthony Hopkins in the movie and went on to appear in 1996.
Travolta followed in the wake of Hopkins and walked out of the movie himself. Mandalay Entertainment and Liteoffer Ltd. duly sued against him and they claimed that the actor had asked to change the screenplay against their wishes.
Travolta was supposed to get $17 million for the film, but his lawyer spoke for him that he had not signed on the dotted line on the contract, and was waiting for the screenplay changes before signing up for the same. The film however never got made and it eventually made the road towards settling out of the court. The details were however not made public and people never got to know more about what happened behind the scenes of the film, The Double.
Well, let’s just say there have been many a slip between the contract and the final making of the film, however, things were finally settled between the two parties.