Back in October we reported that Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody was in the fight of his life. Well, maybe not of his life but he’s been dealing with some hardcore legal issues regarding one of his films. The actor appeared in a Dario Argento feature called Giallo in 2008 but never received payment for his work. Therefore, he took the filmmaker and his producers to court requesting that they ban all DVD sales or promotions that feature the actor’s image in the movie. According to AP, the law sided with Brody and the film’s release has been stopped in the States.
According to Brody, he was never paid his salary of $640,000 for starring in the film. He claims that after a week of filming Giallo he learned producers Richard Rionda and Rafael Primorac had failed to deposit a portion of his fee into an escrow account as required in his contract. In order to keep his concerns at bay, they gave him a little leverage. They made a new agreement that “expressly granted the absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the picture until he was paid the full amount of the $640,000 that he deferred.”
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer issued a ruling on Monday that keeps the makers of Giallo from distributing, marketing or selling the film in the US. Congrats Brody!
What do you think of the judge’s ruling? Did he make the right choice?