Actress Eva Green has called the producers “stupid” and her crew members “peasants” in the fierce battle over a £4m film project she’s accused of sabotaging, the Supreme Court will hear.
The 42-year-old French actress, a former Bond girl with Daniel Craig, signed up in 2019 to star in the British sci-fi movie A Patriot alongside Helen Hunt and Charles Dance.
However, in October of the same year, production was halted after a spectacular dispute between Green, an executive producer and star, and financial backers White Lantern and executive producers Jake Seal and Terry Bird.
The actor sued for his £830,000 fee even though the film was never made, but later faced a counter-suit accusing him of deliberately ruining the production.
The warring parties will go head-to-head in a Supreme Court hearing from Tuesday (24pearl) is in a position to publish abusive messages that Green sends about his collaborators.
He nicknamed Mr. Bird a “damn idiot” while accused of referring to Mr Seal as a “sneaky sociopath” and a “mad man” in WhatsApp conversations that surfaced before the trial.
When the actress wanted her “team” around for filming, she texted her manager to complain: “I need my team around me so I can get through anything bad, Jake. [Seal] throws it at me”, court documents reveal.
Green added: “My crew will have to withdraw and I will have to pick up his crappy peasant crew from Hampshire.”
The Sin City 2 and Dumbo actress signed up in May 2019 to play the role of Kate Jones, a Border League captain in a futuristic authoritarian state, where British writer Dan Pringle directed his own original screenplay on a £4 million budget.
According to court documents, Green is charged with “behavior that shows he has no intention and/or desire to complete the making of the film.”
The actor is facing allegations that he has made “irrational” demands regarding hiring crew members, changes to the shooting schedule, relocation and script adjustments.
In the messages, Green is said to have told Mr Pringle: “At the end of the day, we want to get rid of Terry. [Bird]. And his Big Boss [Mr Seal]”
Later she adds: “My name is Cruella”.
In one of the messages put forward in support of Green’s claim that he was deliberately trying to undermine the making of the film, “She agreed to find a way to get rid of Jake. [Seal]claws”.
He told his assistant to ignore messages from Mr. Seal and Mr. Bird, calling them “scumbags”, “I’m trying to get us to move elsewhere. But please don’t tell them or I’ll be sued.
“The other producers of the film will be shooting and we will be with kind people. Just don’t answer. Act deaf.”
The trial is set to explore in detail how the production of the film failed and who is to blame.
In mid-October 2019, a representative of Green sent a message saying he was “ready, willing and able to perform his services”, which was alleged to be an intentional lie.
It is said that he and his associates pretended to be satisfied with the production as they sought ways out in private, allegedly calling it “The Fake Operation”.
In his statements to the court, Green insists that he has fulfilled his obligations under the agreement and unfairly refuses to pay.
He says he has “approval rights” over production hires and “wants a good crew to make the movie the best it can be.”
Green said in late July that “the accused had serious concerns about a number of aspects of the production, including the state of his finances and having been misled about his negotiations with team members.”
Green said he “totally” dismisses allegations that he ruined production or didn’t want the project to succeed.
“He didn’t try to undermine or hinder the making of the movie. On the contrary, he made every effort to ensure the film was a success, including on several occasions where he offered to use his own money to keep the talented crew busy.
“But he was concerned from the beginning by Mr Seal and Mr Bird’s lack of progress, lack of proper pre-production, and lack of professionalism.”
Green admits he sent messages at the center of the case, but says they will be fully analyzed for context during the case.
White Lantern Film (Britannica) Limited and a second defendant, SMC Specialty Finance LLC, said they were “disappointed” to have to take legal action, including a counterclaim against Green, but were “confident that they would recoup significant losses”. They claim that Ms. Green suffered because of her behavior”.