Eva Green wanted to avoid another Rust-like accident on set.
The 42-year-old French actress and former Bond girl Eva Greenwho is suing financiers over his fees for the failed British sci-fi film a patriottold the High Court in London on Monday, January 30, 2023 that the B-movie could have killed his career because it cut corners on stunt safety and crew pay.
Green, whose credits include Robert Rodriguez city of sin and Tim Burton Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenis suing White Lantern Films and SMC Specialty Finance for $1 million, a sum it says is owed to it due to the collapse of a patriot, in which she was to play the lead role as a soldier alongside Helen Hunt and Charles Dance. In the original court papers, Green laid out his breach of contract claim, which included concerns about “disorganized and chaotic” pre-production and a claim that the film’s original budget ($10.8 million) had been stretched. cut in half, a “desperately insufficient amount” for the production of a film, says the actress.
In response to the actress’ payment lawsuit, White Lantern filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against Green, who was also an executive producer on a patriot, blaming her for the film’s failure before it went into production in late 2019 and claiming that the actress never wanted the film to be made. The production company further alleged that Green’s conduct was unreasonable (a legal buzzword) and in violation of his contractual obligations on the film; thus, she is not entitled to her fees. White Lantern’s lawyers cited WhatsApp messages from Green in which she described one producer as a “fuckin’ jerk” and another as “evil”, the film’s financiers as “assholes” and some of the members of the team proposed as “shitty peasants”.
Eva Green was concerned about the safety of the set
Reuters reported that during her High Court testimony on Monday, Green said she had “really fallen in love” with the story: “It was very exciting, a role as a soldier, which I had never played before . It was about climate change. It was very dear to my heart.”
However, Green also said that before a patriot was about to begin filming, she expressed concern that the film’s production team was cutting corners, citing that her stunt training had been reduced to five days from four weeks and the fact that the film’s producers were unwilling to pay standard industry rates for a quality crew. It’s “extremely dangerous for action movies,” she said, referring to the 2021 fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rustfor which Alec Baldwin faces a manslaughter charge.
“You look at what happened with Alec Baldwin in the movie Rustthe producers took shortcuts, no security measures and a young woman was killed,” Green told the court.
The trial to determine liability will end next week, with any sentencing being settled later.