French actress Eva Green won her $1 million lawsuit against the makers of her sci-fi film ‘A Patriot’ that never got made. The actress sued White Lantern Films over her sci-fi project that was titled ‘A Patriot’ but the project never got made into a film.
Green argued that she was owed money by the makers of the film after the project collapsed due to her dispute with the producers.
As for the production house, White Lantern Films, the claims made by Eva Green were not true. The production house argued that it was the ‘unreasonable demands’ of the Casino Royale actress that resulted in the derailment of the film.
They also added that they were very much disappointed in the judgement by the court and its finding. White Lantern Films made it clear that they are considering other options for their next move and a possible appeal for the case was also in consideration.
The ruling made by the High Court came almost three months after the trial. The trial; regarding the case took place in January. During the trial, many points to substantiate the claims of the production house were submitted before the court.
Among such submitted evidence, there were even a few text messages from the actress where she addresses the producers as ‘morons’ and ‘evil.’ White Lantern Films were strong on their stand that it was the ‘unreasonable demands’ made by Eva Green that resulted in the cancellation of their sci-fi project ‘A Patriot.’
The judgement for the lawsuit between French actress Eva Green and White Lantern Films was given on Friday by Judge Justice Green and according to the judgement, the 42-year-old actress was entitled to the amount that she filed in her lawsuit.
The court also completely dismissed the counterclaims raised by the production company. In his judgement, Judge Justice Green stated that actress Eva Green did not renounce her obligations that were made in her contract with the production house and also that she did not breach the contract signed between the two parties.
The judge also added that there was no doubt Eva Green made any conclusive decision or statement that did not agree with the contract that she signed. However, the judge also noted that the actress was a frustrating and unsatisfactory witness in some senses.
The trial regarding the lawsuit took place in January. During the trial, the actress was asked about the messages that she wrote about the two filmmakers, in which she addressed them as ‘stupid and weak.’
As her response to the question, Green replied that it was her ‘Frenchness’ coming out. Green elaborated that sometimes she would say things that she doesn’t really mean and said that the filmmakers were not stupid or weak.
The judge also expressed the concerns and effects that Green could probably have after her private messages and chats had been revealed in the court, in front of the public.
To this, the actress said by replying that she was humiliated by the event and she blamed her sometimes behaviour on her French background. She said that those expressions were not credible or adequate.
During the trial, Judge Justice Green made a noticeable comment regarding the actress that even though she was a perfectionist as an actress, Green was very much under-prepared in regard to her evidence.
During the trial of the lawsuit, Eva Green revealed a few events that led to her discomfort in working with the production company and the filmmakers. She stated that she was not happy with the producers after there had been a budget cut, which prompted the unit to move their filming to Ireland.
She also mentioned that the preparations for the shooting of the film were also very chaotic. As the trial went on, Green also revealed that as a result of the budget cut, she was not provided with sufficient stunt training and she was forced to work with the crew who were getting paid very low than the industry standard.
At one point during the trial, a message in which Eva Green mentioned the crew as ‘peasants from Hampshire’ was revealed by her opposition.
As an explanation to the message, Green made it clear that she had nothing against peasants and all that she wanted was to work with a high-quality cre who were getting paid the industry standard rates.
Judge Green agrees with the fact that the actress has said some unpleasant things to the filmmakers but stated that these feelings were born as a result of her genuine concern that the made film will be of a much lower standard than the one expected.
After the judgement in the case was given by the court, Eva Green made a statement in which she said that the professional reputation that she fought for has been upheld.
While the White Lantern Film claimed that Eva Green made inconsiderate demands without taking the budget of the film into consideration, Eva Green said that she was very proud of the judgement and that she fought tooth and nail for the beautiful film that she loved very much and signed up for.